I was trying to check the news on the ABC app today, and no stories were appearing on the home page. Flicking over to the “Just In” screen, the last update was 4 hours old. What gives?
Yesterday was the annual “Voice for Mining” day at the Knights home game at Hunter Stadium, but as in past years, they’re still not letting those hard working employees enjoy a game day beverage. Listen for yourself.
Maybe it was this amber ale injustice that the crowd was booing about at half time? No. Wait. That was for the Knights abysmal wooden spoon worthy first half performance.
But the hypocrisy of the NRL is almost excruciating, as it remains silent on its own gambling addiction.
Consulting the website of each of the 16 NRL teams in 2017 shows that 13 of them are sponsored by gambling or betting corporations, the only three clubs not directly sponsored by gambling being the Newcastle Knights, Penrith Panthers, and Canterbury Bulldogs.
|Manly Sea Eagles||Lottoland|
|North Queensland Cowboys||Ubet|
|South Sydney Rabbitohs||Crown Resorts (Casino), Luxbet|
|Melbourne Storm||Crown Resorts (Casino)|
|New Zealand Warriors||SkyCity Casino, TAB NZ|
|St George Illawarra Dragons||Ainsworth Game Technology, South Coast Gaming Machines|
|Gold Coast Titans||Ladbrokes|
King of the culprits in this infamous list is the Manly Sea Eagles, who, in a move that is in equal parts pernicious and embarrassing, renamed their home ground from “Brookvale Oval” to “Lottoland”.
In 1992 the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act was passed to ban the tobacco industry from sponsoring sport. It’s time that similar legislation is enacted to rid our sporting landscape of the scourge of gambling advertising.
It took me a while to realise that it was an notification from yesterday about the tomorrow of yesterday, which is today.
Having worked all that out, I did indeed make it to the game today to see the Knights beat the Titans 34 – 26, including a great contribution from Nathan Ross, who scored the match winning try in the 78th minute. Well done Knights.
I enjoyed seeing a gutsy Newcastle Knights defeat the Penrith Panthers this afternoon at Hunter Stadium to go to the top of the NRL ladder.
Today’s match was the “Voice For Mining” round, so I got some slight amusement when I heard the stadium announcer remind us that …
“Hunter Stadium is a responsible server of alcohol … it is an offence to supply alcohol to miners …”