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craig

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probably because it is a **** product
Maybe its plateauing who knows.

Its contrived nothing more than an absolute noise fest bordering on assault.

It never ends its mind bendingly annoying, just seemingly noise for the sake of noise.

Loud noise, loud music every spare second , spankers yelling in microphones every other spare second that doesnt have noise or music blaring, acrobats, fireworks and gas flames and smoke machines (which have not been part of the game since the fires), more noise and then some more noise.

Its almost more a circus thats takes attention away from the elite sporting event going on out on the field.

Many parents would tire very quickly of taking their littleuns to this stuff I reckon, I know I certainly would.
 

DavidSSS

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Yes. They did. More people at Round 1 AFLW at Princes Park than at the BBL Preliminary Final at the MCG.
Who would have thought that that night a few years ago when they got 80K to a Stars v Renegades game? Even if it was Richmond's first ever match.
That should rattle a few cages down at Cricket Hall.

And yes it will be very interesting what happens to the BBL in the coming years.
It doesn't matter how much "entertainment" you try to sell the game as, they can never overcome the one essential pitfall it has, and that's that nobody cares about the result. It's a fair bet even the players don't. You only have to look at the faces of the likes of the fringe Test players who'd rather be wearing white (e.g. Khawaja) to know that.
I couldn't give a toss about AFLW but if I'd thought about it, I probably care much more about Richmond winning that than how the Stars or Renegades go.
I do give a toss about AFLW, it is a bit take it or leave it, I understand that. But now we have skin in the game, I'm in.

Test Cricket: I can remember listening to the radio broadcasts of a tour of India when Tendulkar and Dravid were hitting big scores. I remember McGrath becoming probably the best bowler of his day on a tour of England. I remember Warne's ridiculous ball to dismiss Gatting. Hadlee causing havoc as a bowler and a batter. Test cricket, series wins, etc - it matters.

The only one day matches I can really remember were Viv Richards hitting 100 off Lillee at the 'g, mainly remember because I was there. Also remember underarm but that was pretty amazing. Can't remember who won the series, just doesn't matter.

BBL? I don't even have a team.

The difference is the care factor - I care who wins the footy, I care who wins test series. BBL is a bit of light entertainment, can't see how it can thrive unless people actually care about their teams.

Danish Tiger, I'm with you on this, no care is a fatal pitfall. I even care a bit about whether Victoria wins the Shield, but I care more that the standard is kept up so we have a competitive test team.

DS
 
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IanG

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Its baffling to me why the Stars didn't bat first. They won the previous final batting first, and IMO if you have a choke problem batting first would be better because there's less pressure batting.
 
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tigerman

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Its baffling to me why the Stars didn't bat first. They won the previous final batting first, and IMO if you have a choke problem batting first would be better because there's less pressure batting.
Duckworth Lewis, if it rained again the team batting 2nd can be favoured.
But do agree with you, with McGuire's involvement it's London to a brick that they'll get a "Wobble" up batting second when the pressures on.

Now where's that beetroot photo of McGuire:))
 
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I do give a toss about AFLW, it is a bit take it or leave it, I understand that. But now we have skin in the game, I'm in.
I'm not AFLW's greatest fan but it's got more going for it than BBL. I felt something watching the jumper go around, even if it was just anger at umpiring and frustration at our relative lack of cohesion.

Does anyone feel anything when their BBL team loses, excluding any lost bets?
 

shad

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This year I made a resolution to not watch any cricket, and to be honest I haven't missed it at all. Instead I have worked my way through the entire 2017 season and most of last years games. It's been a real pleasure. "smiles" all over the BBL.
 

lukeanddad

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Seems odd that warner could win the AB medal. No fairest component?
I know he's got form, but he has been ok on that score for the past 12 months. Of greater concern, I don't think he was in our top two in terms of influence, when it mattered. Smith and Cummins were streets ahead. Possibly Lyon as well. This must prompt a review of the way votes are cast
 
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craig

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Does anyone really care about the AB medal?
Well the public certainly doesnt.
I don't have a BBL team, just can't get invested enough in it.
I can understand cities with one team getting behind their team as it is the only side to support.

But with two teams in Melbourne and Sydney I cant see how one actually gets emotionally invested in it especially adults.
 

craig

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The Aussie Open not doubt helped to kill off the crowds in Melbourne in the last 2 weeks of January and the Renegades being pisss poor certainly didnt help either.

Personally, I reckon BBL has plateaued somewhat and people are losing interest in it.

Drags on too long now and becomes monotonous.
 

mrposhman

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I know he's got form, but he has been ok on that score for the past 12 months. Of greater concern, I don't think he was in our top two in terms of influence, when it mattered. Smith and Cummins were streets ahead. Possibly Lyon as well. This must prompt a review of the way votes are cast
Don't forget Labushagne who had a better year than he did too. Didn't he score the most runs out of all players playing test cricket last year? he was bloody good in the Ashes too.

Seems that Warner won the AB medal because he scored a 300 in one game
 
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