The Representative Round fixtures in early May have been confirmed. The Test Match (Australia vs New Zealand) is on May 6 from Newcastle, the City-Country match is on Sunday May 8 from Tamworth. Kickoff times probably normal TV times but given the pre-match festivities for the Test Match that kickoff may well be after 8PM.
finals yes - but this deal is “simulcast” and it depends how the contract is written. Nine has always thought that Fox had to take its callers and graphics plus run their ads… so they’ll looking deeper into it.
I think Nine needs to make a choice between The NRL Footy Show and a regular NRL version of Footy Classified. Yes, I’m well aware that the AFL versions of said programs have been running side by side for years but I’m not sure if there’s enough room in the marketplace for NRL versions of both The Footy Show and Footy Classified.
As for Ray Warren, I thought that he was planning on retiring from commentary after the current TV rights deal expired myself.
I think there is room because both shows are very different beasts. Footy Classified (well the AFL version anyway) is geared towards the panel debating storylines emerging from the weekend/off-field issues and more commonly, each other. The Footy Show on the other hand is more of an ‘entertainment’ (I use air quotes because the entertainment value is questionable) show where the rugby is very much a side note.
However where your argument makes sense is the declining ratings The NRL Footy Show has been getting over the past few years. Maybe the move to Wednesday might help somewhat address that but if the ratings keep declining, maybe the choice does have to be made