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In his latest column, Sky Sports Phil Clarke asks rugby league fans to have their say on whether the rules of the game are more important than entertainment... For the last two weekends, Ive binge-watched my favourite sport. I saw all six Magic Weekend games in Newcastle and managed to enjoy seven at the Summer Bash. The iPro Cup final between York and Keighley was a brilliant game, with arguably the most exciting finale of all 13 matches.It appears on the surface that the game is in great shape - the action speaks for itself. Therefore, at this point, you may say that it would be wrong for me to point out a perceived negative. Im fully aware that every sport has its challenges. Nothing is perfect, but Im slightly worried about the direction the game is heading in terms of the rules and their application in matches. A Super League coach once said to me that the standard of referees was the biggest problem in the game. I disagree - the biggest challenge in the game is participation numbers. Phil Clarke Maybe we have it about as good as we will get it, but I am not sure. In a condensed window, Ive seen almost 10 hours of rugby and observed how the officials apply some of the rules and interpret some of the others.But I dont want to go into detail yet - at least not until I hear, or should I say read, your thoughts. It may be that Im alone with this worry. There were over 50 tries scored at St James Park; one or two of them contenders for try of the season. They had skill, speed, strength and that element of risk which adds to the excitement and gets you out of your seat.We had a one-point win in dramatic fashion when Jacob Miller succeeded with his long-range drop goal. We saw a Swinton fight back from 20-0 down to win by one point, demonstrating that the game enables and facilitates the unpredictable, so what am I on about when I say that weve got a few issues? Have a look at Barrie McDermott and Terry OConnors favourite hits from Super League and the Summer Bash Ive been going to Rugby League games since before I could walk, and aim to do so when I probably cant walk again at the end of my life. I love it and only wish to see it prosper. I understand that the game and its rules evolve and its obvious to most viewers that the entertainment is as good as it has ever been. The sport has survived by adapting and maintaining its core principle of fast, flowing rugby, in which tries are the most important thing that people want to see. I get this.However, in our search to entertain, Im concerned that were slightly drifting off course. My voice is only one of thousands, and the opinion of others is perhaps greater than mine, but I think that we need a slight deviation when it comes to refereeing a match. Wigan launch investigation Investigating allegations of fracas involving two of their own players As Ive already said, no sport is perfect and Im aware that all professional sports are in the entertainment business, so it needs to be fast, look like fun and provide an exciting ending if it can. But I still think that you need to play by the rules.So Id like to put the question to the fans - this is my attempt at some basic market research before I share my thoughts next week. Highlights of Wakefields match against Catalans Dragons at St James Park in the first part of a Sunday triple-header in Magic Weekend I am not looking for any comments about referees mistakes; I think that they all work very hard to be the best that they can be, and cannot see how they can dramatically alter. Im more interested in your thoughts on whether they should apply more of the rules, as it seems to me that we ignore several now in an attempt to keep the game flowing.Is that the way the fans think we should do it? Or do you think the referee should apply all of the rules, even if it means that there will be more stoppages and a more fractured game?A Super League coach once said to me that the standard of referees was the biggest problem in the game. I disagree - the biggest challenge in the game is participation numbers. After that, I think that it is the way that we are moving in the application of the rules that poses the biggest challenge, but you may disagree. Sky Live: Wakefield v Hull KR Thursdays Super League preview Do you think that the referee should coach and advise the players to try to prevent penalties? Should he let them have a second attempt if they tap the ball in the wrong place? 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FRISCO, Texas -- Tony Romo stopped a reporter in the middle of what appeared to be the first question in his first meeting with the media since August.The Dallas quarterback brought a statement, and he wasnt going to answer any questions Tuesday.The 36-year-old coming off his fourth back injury in less than four years conceded the starting job to Dak Prescott , who has led the Cowboys (8-1) to a franchise season record-tying eight straight wins and the best record in the NFL.And a somber Romo didnt hide his disappointment while reading the five-minute statement.Hes earned the right to be our quarterback, Romo said of the 23-year-old rookie. As hard as that is for me to say, hes earned that right. Hes guided our team to an 8-1 record and thats hard to do.Romo, who broke a bone in his back in a preseason game, is expected to be Prescotts backup Sunday at home against Baltimore (5-4). 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And if I remember one thing from back then, its the people that helped me along when I was young. And if I can be that to Dak, I tried to be and I will be going forward.Romo signed the first $100 million contract in franchise history in 2013 and counts $20.8 million against the salary cap this season. The cap hit next year is nearly $25 million, but the Cowboys can reduce it by roughly $5 million if they release him.The mood was more jovial earlier in the day when owner and generall manager Jerry Jones made one of his weekly radio appearances.dddddddddddd paid a lot of money for a backup quarterback as you well know, Jones said, referring to Kyle Ortons $3 million salary as Romos backup several years ago. And this, by the way, is going to be the record for having paid this for a backup quarterback.The Cowboys went 1-11 in the 12 games Romo missed last season with a twice-broken left collarbone. 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