No tears if we miss Tom Waterhouse show on TV

OPINION: It was the news that made me breathe a terrific sigh of relief.

Controversial bookmaker Tom Waterhouse was no doubt devastated when his mooted $50 million dollar sponsorship deal with the NRL collapsed earlier this week.

But I'm willing to bet (excuse the pun) that most league fans were glad to hear the news.

You switch on Channel 9 to watch some league these days and it's almost like you're watching the Tom Waterhouse show, which is interrupted every now and again with a player making a hit up or someone scoring.

Maybe I'm exaggerating, but not by much.

Word is the breakdown of the sponsorship deal won't affect Waterhouse's current arrangement with Channel 9, but at least we have been spared from what might have been if it had gone ahead.

I just can't see a single positive out of this relationship between Waterhouse and Channel 9.

People are offended by what they see, which is basically a heavy handed, ill-concealed attempt to make those who just want to enjoy a good game of rugby league bet more of their money.

Of course we can all choose not to bet, but what a cynical ploy this arrangement is.

The fact Waterhouse is given any credence as a league commentator is an additional affront to the average diehard footy fan.

Waterhouse should leave our screens and try to reclaim a modicum of the respect he has lost.



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