TV sport kills local game crowds
ROCKHAMPTON footy lover Baron Large hasn't been the only one missing from the stands this season.
The life-long footy supporter yesterday said it was a combination of being busy and watching televised NRL games, that he hadn't been able to get to Browne Park to watch any matches.
He's not alone.
Spectator numbers across many of the region's big sporting codes appear to be well down this year.
An opinion piece earlier this week asking why this was the case, prompted several responses.
One prominent rugby league sports insider said sporting codes needed to get their product and environment right and then promote both well.
He said the current situation was a result of representative teams not winning, some clubs not having a family-friendly environment and a drop in volunteer numbers to promote events to the community.
The key was getting good leaders to drive sports forward.
The insider pointed to the city's basketball scene, as evidence a sport could be successful.
JB, from Frenchville, texted in to say the problem was a sign of the 21st Century technology that many young people were growing up in.
“Our way of life has changed forever,” JB said.
“They are so busy communicating with each other electronically...
“Why spend massive dollars on a sporting stadium, swimming pool with their high operating and maintenance costs, when we have Brisbane close by as a major sports centre for the percentage who still retain a sporting interest.”
Baron said years ago he rarely missed a game.
“The main reason I haven't been going this year is that I've been busier,” he said.
“And there are so many games on the television. You get a couple on the Saturday and Sunday and then Monday night, too.”
However, he said if an NRL side were based in Rockhampton, he wouldn't miss any of the action.
“Once we get our own team I'll go to every game,” Baron said. “I am a St George supporter and I would have to be dead not to go to a game, if they played here. A lot of other people would feel the same about the clubs they support.”
Central Comets take on Mackay Cutters at 6pm on Saturday.
The Cougars (football) and CQ Brahmans (rugby union) are both playing out of town this weekend.
Once we get our own team I’ll go to every game.