In Spite of Itself, League Thrives

Filed in Other by on March 10, 2011

A high profile player in a late-night blue. Todd Carney on the drink. A coach sacked. A betting scandal brewing. Contract controversies. 

It would appear that rugby league is well and truly back. And oh, how you have been missed. 

Outsiders may sneer, spit and generally pontificate about the death of rugby league but rugby league will kick on, bigger and better than ever in 2011. That is how the game they call the greatest of all rolls. There is no sport as resilient. In many ways, rugby league survives in spite of itself. 

For every controversy, the television ratings go up. For every scandal, crowd numbers increase. For every off-field incident, the product on the paddock gets even more exciting. For every act of political intransigence or small-minded stupidity, the game rakes in more corporate support, wins over more fans and gets evermore popular. 

So those tolling the death bells for rugby league after yet another "week from hell," as the tabloid scribes scream like a pack of military-trained banshees, can keep the cast-iron under wraps for a while yet. 

There are still a few more sleeps until the footy season begins and already the code has a mortgage on the front page as well as back.

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