ARLC I believe.
Given how ruthless Campbell Newman is being with slashing costs in QLD, I can't see him magically forking out cash to retain state of origin.Both the QLD and NSW governments will need to stump up some cash to keep Origin games played in these states. I'm pretty confident the money from the Victorian Government will get them the gong over the coming years.
There will be an uproar in both states but it just underlines how popular the concept is - and it's only going to get bigger (if that's even possible).
This. And coin aside, which frankly isn't that big of a sum, it's good to help grow the game in Melbourne. I know progress has been painfully slow but the more exposure League gets the faster it will happen.I don't mind having a neutral venue every year. Selling a game off each year makes plenty of coin which can be used to grow the game.
Yes, it might be full, but I said full and full or REAL supporters. People who are actually going to cheer and get verbal the way SOO deserves. There's a big difference which is also evident of the different between say Melbourne vs Sydney / Brisbane. Melbourne is not too bad, but how many other venues would attract that many REAL supporters?It'd be full regardless of where it's played. The real money is in the government grants to buy the games (at least from a Victorian perspective - don't think Qld or NSW governments pay for the right to host games; it's just always been a given that there will be games played in each state) and the television ratings. My guess is the total gate receipts make up a small portion of the money generated.