World News – AU – Final « embarrassment » blasted as Wayne lashes out at Gordie for « not getting it »


As has been the case in recent years, head coaches and captains were not required to undertake media duties a day before Sunday’s decision, with Ryan Hoffman of Melbourne and Cameron Ciraldo de Penrith speaks for Craig Bellamy and Ivan Cleary

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Head coaches and club captains held press conferences earlier in the week, but senior rugby league writer Paul Kent said it was time for the NRL to adopt the same approach to access and promote the game as American sports like the NFL

« I went to the NFL Super Bowl a few years ago every day the coach talks, every day the quarterback talks because it’s the biggest game of the year, » said Kent said on Triple M on Sunday, recounting a media calendar that saw NFL coaches and star players perform daily media duties of up to an hour

« Both teams this week, and it’s not just those teams, it’s every year in the grand final, for teams not being able to sit down and have a coach every day, a captain every day. the days it’s just embarrassing

« Tell us these folks, for the biggest game of the year, can’t give even 15 minutes In the NFL it’s an hour every day If they can’t give 15 minutes to sell the game, I think it’s terrible « 

Kent said the small-minded issue was also holding up a series of planned original state documentaries, in the mold of The Last Dance, because Maroons coach Bennett didn’t would not allow cameras in the camp

« We just had the opportunity to make a documentary, which Netflix and Stan and all were already bidding on, and because Wayne Bennett doesn’t want them at camp, everything has been put in place. canned, ”Kent said

« I know in the negotiations there were things that weren’t as clear as we were led to believe, but the point is that the NRL should step in at some point and say ‘we have to sell this game « and this year more than ever should sell the important thing to sell the game

« This is where the game has to think bigger than three games NSW vs Queensland and it’s about who gets their name on the trophy and actually says’ listen guys this is a chance to do something bigger for the game ” »

Follow Triple M panelist and NRL legend Gorden Tallis agreed it was up to the NRL to get a foothold in the region, saying his former Brisbane coach Bennett « didn’t have it all. just not understood ”

« I remember having arguments with Wayne Bennett, when the Brisbane Lions were very popular in Brisbane and they had won four competitions in a row I was asked to do media and I kept doing it » , said Tallis

« And Wayne kept saying ‘stop doing it’, and I said ‘no I’m going to keep doing it’ because you had Leigh Matthews who is the coach (of the Lions), you would see him on the news every night promoting his code and Wayne didn’t get it – it’s not about himself

« And when Wayne says ‘they don’t wanna hear from me’ well Wayne, why did you write two books? If no one wants to hear your opinion, you can sell a book or go to lunch and get paid to go to lunch

« You have to promote the game and the game has to stand up and make them do it and say ‘that’s part of the deal and your contract’ and that’s where your money is coming from »

The NRL did not wish to respond to criticisms of its major final media nor to comment on discussions concerning the documentary

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World News – AU – Grand finale exploded as Wayne lashes out at Gordie for ‘not getting it


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