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Talk of ‘spreading thin’ in case of NRL expansion lacks foresight – The Guardian

Increasing player stocks would not necessarily dilute the entertainment value of the league

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Of all the reasons proffered against expanding the NRL from 16 teams to 18, the one that clanged against this sounding board was that there would not be enough players to go around. Not enough good ones, anyway, to maintain the standard of the NRL competition. The suggestion is that an influx of people would dilute the talent base and degrade the product by virtue of the new players being lesser than the incumbents.
We hear it during State of Origin when 34 of the games best players are taken out…

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