The averages were in the 12,000's at the beginning and ended in the 15,000's so that is progress. There has been a tapering off but because of the lack of anything progressive for far too long, the negative effects of that are emerging. I'm surprised it isn't worse because I'm bored stiff with the NRL and now follow the Northern Hemisphere Super League pro competition with much more interest (you can read that assessment by clicking here).
The interesting part was in the 1995-99 period where teams popped up and then were closed down during the turmoil that went on. Western Suburbs and Balmain in Sydney merged and eventually became the Wests Tigers. Because both sides were similar in size, I haven't made one the ongoing team and the other the merged one. When Illawarra joined with St George, I have made St George the ongoing club. The rest were just shut down, not a decision I agreed with.
So things have gone quite well but the cracks are appearing. If you are not progressive in today's world, there are plenty of other things to arrest people's attention. Sport has to entertain more than ever, to offer a quality product and adapt to the constant changes of modern society. These attendance figures should alert the NRL to a trend that isn't as positive as it should be.
Updated to the end of the 2017 season.
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