Please don’t believe that “rugby league” in the history, spirit and traditions of the game that started in 1908 resumes on 28 May 2020.
Instead, we have “rugba league”, the TV program, starting.
With ad-hoc rules and deals and a draw that must surely mean, whoever is the 2020 premiership winner, will carry * next to their name to show that their victory came in a season that represented an abandonment for the grass-roots of the sport and with an eye of the corporate $$ to get something on TV. Nothing more, nothing less.
Rugby league has been commodified for the self-importance of PVL.
Well done PVL. You’ve achieved the birth of “rugba league”, the game that sort of resembles rugby league, but with an emphasis on it being a TV program like Master Chef or Survivor or MAFS.
Nothing of substance or respect for the history or traditions of the game of rugby league. That’s where we are right now.
Enjoy it! But, don’t pretend it counts for anything within the history of the game of rugby league.
That game may never return.
And I’ll know who to blame for its demise.