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Byline: By STEPHEN WHITE

RUGBY League is the best value major spectator sport in the country according to a new survey.

The poll looked at ticket prices in football, rugby union and the 13-a-side code, checking prices for different age groups in each sport's elite competition.

In football's Premier League the average cheapest ticket for under-16s is pounds 13.35. The same figure for rugby union's Premiership is pounds 9.40 while the average ticket price in rugby league's Super League is just pounds 8.60.

The survey, commissioned by The Co-operative, found that pattern was repeated for adult tickets, with pounds 29.75 for the cheapest match day admission price for the Premier League.

In union's Premiership it is pounds 20 while the price for Super League is pounds 17.34.

And research by sports statisticians Opta found league also provides the best value for spectators, with the ball in play for an average 55 minutes in an 80 minute match.

In football it remains live for 50 minutes during a 90 minute match while in union it is in play for just 30 to 35 minutes during a 80 minute match.

Liz Matkin, The Co-operative's sponsorship manager, said, "At a time when every pound in a consumer's pocket counts, the statistics show rugby league is the best value for money out of these three major spectator sports."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 19, 2009
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