I agree with what Toovey said a while ago: the scheduling favours them and it is unfair on every other team.
My response to this post is the same I give to many Manly fans who live near me. Ask the question, why are they always on Friday night? You come to the same conclusion: large supporter base with matches played on a great ground and the team rates well on free-to-air tv. Therefore, If you want to be on free-to-air every Friday night, then knock Brisbane off their perch or become the dominant club in Sydney such that channel 9 has no choice but to show Wests Tigers.
This whole argument is detrimental to the growth of the game. Brisbane are successful, why should they and their sponsors be penalised for having a good business model? What message does it send if channel 9 is forced to rotate Friday night coverage between the clubs? In my eyes, it is rewarding mediocrity.
Brisbane is a stand alone club in a city and many claim that this is unfair on Sydney teams. However, isn’t this the NRL? I find it a contradiction that a club such as Manly complains the scheduling is unfair, yet as a team representing a small suburb and small supporter base, they are allowed to enjoy the benefits of playing in a national competition that entails competing on the same field as Brisbane. You can’t have it both ways.
It is fair and it rewards success. The complaints from Sydney clubs need to stop and try competing with Brisbane. The message is starting to get through to some of the clubs, hence Wests Tigers, Canterbury, Souths, St. George-Ill and Roosters colluding together. It is no coincidence it is a group of 5 and there are 9 teams in Sydney….