Laurie Daley is the no.2 man over at FOX Sports behind the very talented Warren Smith. Daley not only calling the premier Monday Night NRL game on FOX, but also co-hosting the NRL on FOX program on Wednesday nights – a show that enjoys a much stronger following among NRL enthusiasts than the variety based Footy Show on Channel 9.
Reports suggest Channel 9 want Laurie Daley to co-host the Footy Show with Matthew Johns in 2008 – meaning long time host Paul Vautin could be lost to the show altogether. The Footy Show on Channel 9 has endured horror ratings for several years now, with many serious NRL fans switching off – as Channel 9 continue to show a variety style Footy Show; where games, singing and topical affairs are discussed and NRL analysis is hardly touched on.
FOX has been setting the standard for NRL commentary and weekly shows – leading the way with the likable Warren Smith and supported by a panel including: Wayne Pearce, Gary Freeman, Gordon Tallis and Adrian Lam. The success for FOX lying in the fact they televise a stack of ‘live’ games and follow it up with weekly informative NRL programming – such as NRL Teams on Tuesdays, NRL on FOX Wednesdays and Super League on Thursdays attracting a strong following among diehard NRL folk.
Channel 9 were also given a scare on Friday night as no. 2 commentator Andrew Voss was struck down mid-game with food poisoning. The commentary left to novice off-siders Ben Ikin and Mark Geyer – as the public was again treated to comedy capers and amateurism rather than quality NRL calling.
Not only is Channel 9 finding things hard, the Continuous Call team on Radio 2GB are also struggling too – not only with the Brohman and Fulton feud – but with keeping on the topic of NRL. Similar to the Channel 9 Footy Show – The Continuous Call team including Ray Hadlee, Bob Fulton and Darryl Brohman continue to talk less football every week; preferring to chat about dagwood dogs, the pecking order of their crew and all things non-NRL related for hours on end. Opposition over at the ABC must be thanking their lucky stars as the public tune into real NRL analysis with Warren Ryan and the team.