Roosters Chairman Nick Politis Gives NRL Fans ANOTHER Reason To Hate His Club
Fans of the other 15 teams really didn't need any help hating the Roosters.
Nobody loves the Sydney Roosters except their own fans. Nobody. By contrast, the underdog Canberra Raiders have quickly become the team every neutral fan will cheer for in this Sunday's NRL Grand Final.
There are lots of reasons fans don't like the Roosters. Their arrogance. The way they always seem to be successful. Yeah, it's classic tall poppy stuff from the haters.
But fans also hate the way the poppy seems to be tall each year. They see the club buying elite players -- Cronk, Tedesco, Sonny Bill Williams and so many more in this decade alone -- and this fuels muttering about salary cap issues.
Roosters Director Mark Bouris hosed down the salary cap suspicions this week.
"There are some notable Queensland media personalities, ex-footballers, who often have a crack at us in relation to our salary cap,’’ Bouris told Sydney's Daily Telegraph.
"The bottom line is we don’t breach the salary cap, otherwise we would have been in trouble for doing it."
Roosters chairman Nick Politis was outspoken on the very same issue last week, telling the Roosters Radio podcast "It doesn't worry me, it's just jealousy".
"We manage our list and salary cap well because when you look at our players, we've got 23 players out of the current top 30 list since they were in under-20s. Therefore, when you run your salary cap that way, you come out with a much better result rather than buying from outside," he said.
But if Politis and Bouris provided a robust defence of the Roosters finances, Politis still opened himself to mocking overnight when talking about why the club doesn't have particularly high attendances -- they were just fifth this year with an average home crowd of 17,000 despite being defending premiers.
"Half the area is on holidays in Europe during the winter months, which is when the season is on," Politis said of his traditional eastern suburbs supporter base, who can afford a midyear jaunt cruising down the Rhine River when the average NRL fan is having lunch beside the muddy Parramatta River.
Being wealthy and going to Europe for holidays is not a crime. But in the NRL, which is still a predominantly working class sport with working class fans, it's pretty close.
And it's yet another reason why most NRL fans will be yelling their guts out for the mighty Green Machine on Sunday.