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Big crash league?

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12.02.2019

In a week in which Tony Abbott claims to be the father of gay marriage in Australia, it is best to take all official utterances with a grain of salt and then spit them out anyway.

With that in mind, it can be said with some assurance that whatever the numbers say, the Big Bash League desperately needs a bashingly big finish to its season this weekend.

BBL08 has been if not a play-and-miss, a mis-hit. It hasn't gotten all of it; it's come off the outside half. Average crowds are down by around 5000 a game. The raw numbers are still respectable by any standard, but the trend is not.

As best can be told, once you scrape away the saliva and spin, it is the same for television ratings. Some of that is due to the secreting of many matches behind a pay wall, but that was Cricket Australia's choice, so it cannot also be its alibi.

No pressure: Glenn Maxwell.Credit:AAP

Of course, the quantum of spectators is up, by about 130,000, because there have been more matches, 56 instead of 40. It's a lot more games for a few more eyeballs, half of them at the new........

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