@rustycage I 2nd that and would be happy to admit I was wrong… Been burnt too many times by the NRL to remain positive with them. If people think the NRL are fair towards us and not trying to push us out they have their heads in sand.
I sometimes read other clubs forums, just for a different perspective, and one thing that is common amongst all of them is that they all think the NRL is out to get them. Believe it or not, even Roosters supporters think it. I find it exhausting enough supporting this club, let alone finding the energy to fight this imaginary force that’s out to get us.
Totally agree. There is an astounding lack of perspective in every supporter base.
NRL can’t do this and that, NRL are frauds, NRL are incompetent, NRL are against us etc.
The reality is that the NRL is currently run as well as it has ever been - as determined by the size of the business, the revenues, the TV ratings, the broadcasting deals, the crowd sizes. That’s not to say the NRL is perfect, far from it, but relatively speaking the business is healthy and profitable.
Whether or not it’s popular with the fans etc. is personal opinion. Ratings and crowds would indicate it’s still a popular product, though emergence of widespread streaming media is producing a TV downturn for all sports, including AFL.
Specifically on the Tigers however, you can count on 1 hand the amount of times the NRL has specifically punished or gone after the Tigers. Literally. If not for the Farahgate issue, there’d be almost zero examples of the NRL seriously penalising or railroading the Tigers. Some folks will complain that the NRL “wants Tigers to move or die” and then conveniently forget that 6 few years ago the NRL bailed out Balmain’s debt to enable the JV to restructure and continue regular operations.
In previous iterations of the NSWRL/ARL, the Chairman wielded enormous nearly unchecked power. Think about blokes like Ken Arthurson and Kevin Humphreys and the self-interested powerbrokers behind the scenes at Phillip St in the 70s and 80s.
The current CEO role has only existed since 1998 and is designed to be more business-oriented, with greater checks on power. The current CEO now answers to the independent ARLC - to the extent that persons with recent ties to clubs can’t even serve on the ARLC at this time.
So to suggest that the NRL “has it in” for one specific club is to suggest that the CEO, 9-member ARLC, including ARLC Chairman, plus associated NRL officers, combined together, have a singular interest to the detriment of one club. Highly unlikely. They are also far from incompetent; on the contrary, the top figures in NRL administration are very successful businesspersons and sports managers. The NRL is too large an organisation to risk hiring nuffies.
Whether or not you specifically agree with the way NRL goes about business is your own personal opinion. Noting of course that any fan is extraordinarily biased themselves - almost certainly more biased than any NRL official, to the point of blindness.
Agree but they are reactionary and need to set penalties in place for on and off field indiscretions so players know if they step out of line they will know what to expect as a minimum