Visibility has been rugby league's biggest problem since well before the switch to a summer Super League season in 1996, and the clash with the London Olympics – an unavoidable and unwinnable issue for all other sports that are operating this July and August – presented the threat of the code's lowest profile yet.
Sunday will bring a winner of the Abu Dhabi Championship, but Saturday provided a definitive answer to the question that has gripped the game for the past two years.
In the moments of his deepest frustration, not long after losing to Novak Djokovic in the semi-final of the Australian Open, Andy Murray sounded his most bullish.
Mo Farah's life is just a little different now he is a world champion.
The battle for the single match sprint slot in the Great Britain Olympic team has been a tight contest between Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny for the last two and a half years, and it took another couple of twists on Saturday.
There was a slew of broken serves, as in any worthwhile struggle, and one broken heart on Rod Laver Arena as the clock slipped way past midnight.
If Andy Murray beats the odds and Novak Djokovic on Friday to reach the final of the Australian Open for the third year in a row – against his third different opponent, Rafael Nadal – he will go to battle with Ivan Lendl's clear-cut rhetoric ringing in his ears.
On a night of many riches – from the “cheap” seats in the gods to the impossibly well-heeled gathering near the lit square below – Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao did their best to deliver the fight everyone wanted, and they almost got there.
Floyd Mayweather, plainly diminished as a legend but still undefeated, got the unanimous decision but not the crowd’s acclaim when he outlasted Manny Pacquiao over 12 of the most demanding rounds of his long career to unite three of the world welterweight titles here in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
It has been called the fight of the century, the richest boxing bout in history, featuring “the two iconic superstars of their generation”. And for once, in a sport not given to understatement, the self-fulfilling hype may be justified – at least as far as the sums are concerned.