The Brisbane Broncos have been denied a Sunday game.
The Brisbane Broncos have been denied a Sunday game. GLENN HUNT

No Sunday best: NRL draw frustrates Brisbane

BRONCOS CEO Paul White has expressed his disappointment that Brisbane have been robbed of any Sunday matches once again, after the NRL revealed the draw for the final six rounds of the season.

The Broncos have three Friday games, two Thursday matches and one Saturday appearance to end their season.

The club is often criticised for featuring heavily on Thursday and Friday nights, but White says Brisbane are not the ones seeking out those time slots.

Instead, the Broncos were hoping to get at least one Sunday afternoon home game towards the back end of the season to appeal to their younger fans.

But they have been denied this request, with broadcasters having a large say in the final draw.

"Am I disappointed that we're unrepresented in Sunday afternoon football again this year? Yes I am," White said.

"It gives us a bit of diversity in our scheduling. It's no secret that it gives families the opportunity, particularly younger people, to come to a game. We think that's vitally important.

"There isn't too many levers either our club could pull or the game can pull, with broadcasters largely having control over the draw.

"A lot's made of our over-representation in Thursday and Friday night time slots but I really want to let our members know that we are out there fighting for them.

"Hopefully next year with the NRL having more control of the draw, we will be represented in Sunday afternoon football and perhaps Saturday night football as well."

White said the club do get complaints from fans and members about the lack of opportunities to see the Broncos play at home in the afternoon or early evening.

News Corp Australia


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