Please give a report on the differences n comparison between NRL n soccer n if NRL is suitable to my home market which is not suitable…………….
The role played by sport in the community is very important. Sport ensures harmony among the people by bringing them together. When players and the fans meet in the fields they play and cheer together regardless of ones origin. This ensures peaceful coexistence of the various people from different locations. Sport also is a major source of income for the stakeholders. They include the players, sponsors, and the service providers like catering companies who sell their products during the games. It also ensures the physical fitness of those who play and their officials.
The National Rugby League is the top league in Australasia having been established in 1908. It consists of sixteen teams of which 15 are from Australia and one from New Zealand. It is the most viewed and attended rugby club competition in the world. The main competition is the Telstra premiership which is sponsored by the Telstra Corporation. The matches are usually programmed to run from autumn to spring. The premiership normally ends with the much anticipated final, NRL grand final which is one of the most popular events in Australia and one of the most attended club championship final in the world. The NRL also features in the world club challenge where they play against the champions of the European super league competition.
However in my home country, Oman, the main game is soccer and the NRL is not known to many people there. It is run by a federation and the national team has even featured in many competitions in the Arab world. There is even beach soccer which is played along the beaches. Football in Oman is governed by the Omani Football Association which is affiliated to the world football governing body FIFA. (Rahm, n.d) But due to lack of proper structures Rugby is not known to many citizens of Oman. The two games are played almost in almost similar fashion in open fields of play and the players compete for the ball competitively. The two games also pull a lot of fans and they command wide following both in their local countries and outside. It would be important to the management of the NRL to visit Oman and talk with the authorities and maybe they can get a chance to introduce the sport there. Introduction of the NRL in our country will make the citizens have wide choice. Those who cannot play soccer can have a chance to train and maybe become great rugby players. The introduction of the game in Oman will also pull a lot of sponsors to the country and this will be good for investment. The fans will also get a chance to cheer other games apart from soccer. The football league can be scheduled to alternate with the rugby league and the fans will be entertained through out the year. The NRL will also pull a lot of fans from Australia and New Zealand and this will bring a lot of tourists to Oman and the industry will be boosted.
The benefits derived from sport are many because sport today is a major industry. It would be very important for the sports administrators to ensure that their game is known by everybody. This calls for all the stakeholders including the games authorities and the governments to join hands and promote the introduction of all games in their territories for their mutual benefit.
Rahm, A, (n.d) “Football in Oman” (Online). Available from http://www.araboo.com/ (Accessed on 17th April 2012)
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