It is often said that rugby league is in danger.
In fact the words ‘rugby league will be dead in a decade’ have been said frequently ironically for the last four decades.
But in the eyes of Super League star Greg Eden so long as there is TV coverage of the game, the game will thrive:
“I’m not sure, that comment gets thrown around quite a lot. The conversations I have people always say it won’t be here in 10 years or it’s a dying game or even part time,” he said on Fully Game.
“I’m not sure. I think as long as Sky are backing it, I don’t think it can go backwards. As long as there’s good players coming through, Aussies wanting to come over and a bit of Sky money paying the majority of the wages.”
Speaking about Sky, they in general show two games a week on Thursday and Friday night at 8pm.
The Thursday night games are a little controversial with it difficult for away fans to get across especially when they likely have work on Friday morning.
Now Eden has revealed how players feel about Thursday night games:
“I think the majority comes from Sky, but then they have to play the games on a Thursday or Friday night. I think that’s why it’s 8 o’clock kick-offs because that’s when Sky want to pencil it in for.
“I think a lot of rugby lads that want to watch all want Sunday games so you can have a family day out, and it’s something to do on a Sunday.
“It’s a bit of a hindrance when it’s Thursday nights for fans but I don’t mind it because you get your weekend back.”
None the less, whilst there are viewers, Eden feels the sport will continue:
“The viewers are still there so I can’t see it dying off anytime soon.”