NRL head of football Todd Greenberg is confident it can improve crowd numbers despite four Thursday night games in the lead-up to the finals.
“We understand the balance of trying to get ratings and crowds right but people have to understand we have commercial contracts in place to broadcasters,” he told News Corp.
“Our numbers have been strong all year. We started slowly, we got some criticism for that but we’ve made some good ground and we hope we can finish the season on a really positive note. All our metrics suggest we’re going to finish with good numbers.”
A club official told The Australian yesterday the contract with Nine was “unbelievably restrictive” and it gave the NRL very little room to manoeuvre with scheduling.
Meanwhile Seven has told the AFL it was scrapping Sunday night games after just 41,000 fans attended a match between Collingwood and Carlton in June.