Roy Masters is cherry picking again

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Roy Masters reports in the AGE/SMH that the NRL finished 2019 ahead of AFL on FTA and Fox, even before the end-of-season Test matches. According to sportsindustry, an Adelaide-based app that tracks sports viewership, rugby league had 116.23 million viewers on Nine and Fox at an average of 490,000 per match, while AFL was 111.9m on Seven and Fox at an average of 419,000.

He concludes that overall, AFL consumes more hours (277.9m), compared to the NRL (190m), but rugby league is the most valuable sport in Australia.

Let's put things into perspective. The NRL figures quoted in the first paragraph include Origin so he is not comparing apples with apples. Origin draws a huge audience in NSW and QLD, which skew the numbers. But look at the second paragraph. Roy is telling one massive porky.

Here are the figures he should have quoted.

NRL Club Memberships total
2019 – 328,548
Source: https://leagueunlimited.com/news/34223-2020-nrl-membership-tracker/

NRL Game Day Attendances total
2019 – 2,885,683
Source: https://afltables.com/rl/crowds/summary.html


AFL Club Memberships total
2019 – 1,057,572
Source: https://www.sen.com.au/news/2019/08/06/afl-club-membership-numbers-for-2019-revealed/

AFL Game Day Attendances total
2019 – 6,954,187
Source: https://afltables.com/afl/crowds/summary.html

NRL, the most valuable sport in Australia? I doubt it. Roy has form bagging the AFL at every opportunity. He has chronic siege mentality.
 

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If you are looking at cumulative figures and don't take into account the length of the game then you're doing it wrong. It should be 335.7m v 232.5m viewer hours AFLs way.
 

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