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Re: Saints Wigan not on TV?
Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:59 am
Posted by IR80 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:59 am
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The only people who want to watch Wigan are the Wigan fans, I'd much rather watch a game that has something riding on it, not just the procession to Old Trafford play off places.
Re: Saints Wigan not on TV?
Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:28 am
Posted by SpainesRoadFartown on Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:28 am
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Who cares apart from saints and wigan armchair fans, we've seen this game 11 times a year for the last 50 years and its boring now get something with some meaning on to the whole game rather than a top team w@nkfest
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Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:14 am
Posted by Willzay on Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:14 am
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The Man UTD/Man City comparison does not work because :

A) They only face against each other twice in the league, and then the fixtures are towards separate ends of the seasons.

B) The Manchester derby generally has a bearing on the league title.

Personally I wish we had more televised rounds with different teams on SKY other than the big four.
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Re: Saints Wigan not on TV?
Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:21 am
Posted by Judder Man on Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:21 am
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The basement game between Leeds and Hull KR should have been scheduled for Thursday night and the top games for Friday night.

Robert Elstone is trying to rebrand Superleague as an exciting quality game and promoting the top players in the process, if SKY suddenly changed tact and do the opposite then they are not giving our game what it deserves. The Warrington v Saints was a great advert for rugby league and I see know reason why the Saints v Wigan game won't be the same.
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Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:46 am
Posted by Willzay on Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:46 am
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Not much of a competition though is it if the same four teams are shown every week. Otherwise why don’t we just rebrand it as the Big Four League with guests.

Robert Elstone has a responsibility to all of Super League, doesn’t he?
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Re: Saints Wigan not on TV?
Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:28 am
Posted by bramleyrhino on Wed Jul 10, 2019 11:28 am
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Willzay wrote:
Not much of a competition though is it if the same four teams are shown every week. Otherwise why don’t we just rebrand it as the Big Four League with guests.

Robert Elstone has a responsibility to all of Super League, doesn’t he?


He has a responsibility to package and market the product as best he can. If that means focusing on the most marketable aspects of it and disregarding those that aren't attractive, that is his remit.

Now we can debate whether Leeds-Hull or Wigan-St Helens is an argument between "jepoardy" vs "quality" (although let's not pretent that Wigan have been amazing to watch for much of the year), but it's about having the best TV product possible. It's one of the reasons why Sky doesn't pitch its cameras up at the John Smiths very often - because the impression that the venue gives (empty seats and the constant echo of a cow bell) isn't exactly one that draws audiences in and sells the game as a 'must see' event.
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Re: Saints Wigan not on TV?
Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:02 pm
Posted by Exiled down south on Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:02 pm
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It is usually one of the stand out fixtures of the season and it's a reasonable assumption that the standard of the rugby between two sides near the top of the table will be better than watching a bunch of rejects and journeymen flounder around for 80mins.
I'm sure there will be some elderly or disabled fans who will be disappointed it isn't being shown.

A recent report said there is about 500 tickets left


So those that want to see it can see it. For the neutral seeing these two play each other 4 or 5 times a season gets monotonous.

I'm not sure Hetherington will agree with you regarding journeymen although i'm sure Lam will happily talk about journey men if you want to talk about his star halfback signing from London.
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Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:43 pm
Posted by JonnoTheGreat on Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:43 pm
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Speaking as a neutral I'd much rather watch Wigan/St Helens anytime ahead of two utter rubbish teams like Leeds and HKR.
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Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:40 pm
Posted by number 6 on Wed Jul 10, 2019 1:40 pm
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Judder Man wrote:
The basement game between Leeds and Hull KR should have been scheduled for Thursday night and the top games for Friday night.

Robert Elstone is trying to rebrand Superleague as an exciting quality game and promoting the top players in the process, if SKY suddenly changed tact and do the opposite then they are not giving our game what it deserves. The Warrington v Saints was a great advert for rugby league and I see know reason why the Saints v Wigan game won't be the same.



majority of thursday night games, including tomorrow nights game were picked before the season begun, nobody has a crystal ball to see how the likes of leeds/wigan were going to be doing this weekend!

saints v wigan dont have a divine right to be shown! irrc the last meeting wasnt that entertaining anyway!

get over it
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Post Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:01 pm
Posted by infamous grouse on Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:01 pm
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Exiled down south wrote:
So those that want to see it can see it.]
Not necessarily what if they live down south :-)
[For the neutral seeing these two play each other 4 or 5 times a season gets monotonous. ]

You can't speak for every neutral:-)

[I'm not sure Hetherington will agree with you regarding journeymen]

Wouldn't put too much store in his opinion

[although i'm sure Lam will happily talk about journey men if you want to talk about his star halfback signing from London.


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