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2020 NRL Season Suspended

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  1. Travitoh

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    Week one without sport.
    Spent time with the girlfriend.
    She seems alright, might be worth keeping her around.
     
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    callmack1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Hahaha, me too mate!!!

    Paul Gallen says 4-week Pre-Season a must otherwise ‘all sorts of things can go wrong’: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...g/news-story/eeff134f1f980edfdc07be327921d4c4

    ‘A disgusting greed has infected the game’ - League legend’s brutal reality check for NRL: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/a-...l/news-story/216211b051b1c4489ced1028975ff2fe

    NRL blasted for ‘mismanagement’ as Greenberg and co. splash ‘nearly 500k a day’: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...y/news-story/4e3150d7c17a849b6108866e68402942

    What to expect from NRL’s crunch Monday meeting to decide the game’s future: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...l/news-story/dd0cc09e834dc95abc198ca2700b1759

    NRL's worst trainers to be exposed - Physio: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-s-...d-physio/87ad1569-a363-414b-8c9e-09abce322a87
     
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    callmack1 Moderator Staff Member

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    callmack1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Finally, some good news!

    NRL delivering $40m rescue package to clubs: https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/03/30/nrl-delivering-$40m-rescue-package-to-clubs/

    NRL’s $40m rescue package revealed as League Central slashes costs: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/li...t/news-story/6563c0659755a15256bcac02270716db

    So that pretty much guarentees all clubs will stay afloat doesn't it? A big relief if so.

    The NRL’s missing $21m has opened a ‘can of worms’. Only an inquiry will move the game forward: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/9731b9c501083f5e8f7dcd2b64a69c44

    James Hooper - NRL’s arrogance is frightening. I call bulls*** — so do the players: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/c8b1e0fec230afe7bb660553aef4b25f
     
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    callmack1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Ben Ikin column - When deciding which teams should go from NRL, don’t choose profit over passion: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/9573c71f86ef750da188917f22e01db6

    League legend to explore all options for NRL to return by July 1: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...1/news-story/6af8dd59efdaf71d9eddfb13b2e0b8ca

    Three-game Grand Final series? NRL explores innovation if Season returns: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/li...t/news-story/6563c0659755a15256bcac02270716db

    RLPA has 10 demands of the NRL. This is what Peter V’landys said to each of them: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...m/news-story/8e331063284f50e7e638950ff66446dc

    Billy Slater backs calls for NRL to go back to one referee amid financial crisis: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/billy-...l-crisis/ca71b324-fc3a-4ecd-86f3-ae0502648db4
     
  7. callmack1

    callmack1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Coronavirus NRL news - Wildcard weekend back on agenda: https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/03/21/coronavirus-nrl-news-latest-updates/

    Future uncertain - The players most vulnerable during NRL shutdown: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/a0b7bd41c38440ee2065efc01e37b468

    Players question why they have to take larger pay cuts than NRL executives: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/f4f0915487f83a8c230bbb47e87c9433

    'Disappointed' NRL stars demand guaranteed retirement funds after $10 million in missing super payments: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-pl...er-funds/f228fc9c-9f3d-4b80-9ea9-ee07ecd6fe4b

    RLPA boss calls for transparency as players cop bigger pay cut than NRL officials: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/transp...ial-rlpa/46713c4a-949d-4e0d-b6da-68fdbd4965d9

    The Mole - Angry players want forensic accounts investigation over missing NRL money: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/the-mo...ng-money/098a40cc-72dd-422f-af74-f80e3ad0748b
     
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    callmack1 Moderator Staff Member

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    ‘Dirty’ stars fume at NRL mismanagement - and they’re looking at Todd Greenberg: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/f4f0915487f83a8c230bbb47e87c9433

    Also, a few articles from the Daily Telegraph,

    The NRL had its books open, but clubs and players didn’t want to read them

    NRL clubs who chose to study headquarters’ finances in a desperate search for funds after the coronavirus pandemic would have a) found no hidden funds, and b) could have examined the books earlier, given they demanded access to NRL financial records some time ago.

    Clubs and the Rugby League Players Association protest about a lack of transparency, yet a simple addition of Rugby League Central’s expenses, as detailed on page 125 of the annual report, dated October 31, 2019, would have shown a total expenditure of $182m.

    Admittedly, this is an excessive amount, particularly considering the belt-tightening that now envelopes the entire code.

    But, as the NRL’s chief financial officer Tony Crawford points out, annual expenses (excluding broadcast contra) were $498m against a plan of $476m, which is a $22m increase. This compares to actual revenue (excluding contra) of $529m, against a plan of $501m, an increase of $28m. So, as Crawford says, “On a surplus view, the NRL outperformed the plan by $6m”.
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    There is always devil in the detail, which can be interpreted to suit agendas. For example, the numbers in the statutory accounts in the NRL annual report are higher because they include broadcast contra, but this was not included in the plan numbers.

    However, given the turnover of CEOs at NRL clubs, with only half of them in the same job from five years ago, it’s not surprising few have bothered to interpret how much RL Central spends, even apart from considerations about raising their own club revenue. (NRL clubs contribute 29 per cent to the total game revenue pie; AFL clubs 50 per cent).

    Another way of looking at the $182m of total NRL expenses in last year’s profit and loss account, or “$500,000 a day” as the Herald has reported it, is to separate operating expenses from costs associated with raising revenue.

    As Crawford points out, total NRL operating expenses were $79m and revenue servicing costs, or "cost of goods sold", as accountants term it, was $103m.

    Add the two figures – the operating costs of football, referees, welfare, community, integrity, insurance, interest, depreciation etc of $79m, with costs directly correlated to raising revenue of $103m, and it equals $182m.

    If you are a club official interested only in how much NRL CEO Todd Greenberg spends on hire cars, or the cost of the diamond ring to Barb Smith, the wife of 400-plus-game player Cameron Smith, you must drill down into the administration expenses.

    Call them head office corporate costs, or overheads, if you like, but the annual report shows the total to be $20.342m. This includes the expenses of running the ARL Commission, executive, media, finance, IT, HR, facilities, buildings, government and legal.

    The report doesn’t itemise whether Greenberg caught a taxi or called a hire car, or whether Barb’s ring cost $5000 or $15,000 but, Crawford says, administration expenses represent "only 4 per cent of revenue".

    So, according to that logic, 96 per cent of expenditure was on everything else. The annual report details this as monies distributed to clubs ($228m), states and affiliates ($48m), development ($40m), running the football department ($25m) and community and player welfare ($17m).

    There is another big cost - “event game sponsorship” ($103m), which, as indicated above, is the cost of raising revenue.

    Monies spent on the NRL’s digital department, for example, are included in this figure, while the revenue raised from this division is included in broadcast revenue.

    NRL clubs asking ARLC chair Peter V’landys to search the books at headquarters to find additional funds to pay their bills could have accessed all this information if they were diligent in detecting any over-spending.

    The Herald understands clubs were granted access to accounts on a quarterly basis, although V’landys suspects this was changed to half-yearly meetings.

    Calls by the RLPA for greater transparency are risible, given the annual report was published last year and it took this old ex-school teacher only the recent weekend of the coronavirus lockdown to interpret NRL accounts.

    Yet the blame game over “where did the [2018-22] $1.8 billion broadcasting money go?” continues, despite only one-and-a-quarter years of the contract being outlaid.

    Whether you prefer the NRL “wastes” $182m a year, or spends a sober $20.342m on administration, V’landys says, “the coronavirus crisis has highlighted that the cost structure of the game as a whole is not sustainable and the ARLC will lead by example in significantly reducing its spending on the administration of the game”.

    The big winners out of $40m survival package

    After a fortnight of doom and gloom, NRL clubs have been given a lifeline that has insiders finally confident that all 16 teams will survive the financial bomb detonated by the Coronavirus.

    Allaying fears of imminent financial collapse, NRL clubs now claim they can survive another six months — just in time, they pray, for the footy to start.

    A $2.5 million payment from the NRL to all 16 clubs on Monday has turned their concern into hope — even optimism — that they can hang on financially until September.

    It appears the clubs are at least safe in the short-term.

    “It’s now a matter of holding on,” one NRL CEO said.

    With prudent spending and continuing cost cuts, officials are adamant they can end fears that several clubs may be pushed into insolvency.

    The NRL’s $2.5 million gift covers the club’s monthly grant ($1.185 million) over four months minus player payments, about $900,000 a month.

    “It’s the gap clubs now have to run the rest of their business,” another chief executive said.

    Carefully spending will be the order of the day.

    “It gives us a $2.5 million buffer,” one club CEO said.

    “If clubs are diligent, and if they continue ways of stopping expense, whether that’s stopping services that are no longer required, trying to reduce costs, then the money can last, probably closer to six months.

    “We are all thinking and hoping the money can last until the resumption of the season.

    “Every club is different. Some have money in the bank. But we at least all know now what we are dealing with. We now know what we can go back to our boards and ask for.”

    The financial boost comes from existing broadcast money and cash the NRL had in reserve.

    “It’s a good result, all clubs are happy,” one CEO said. “It gives us a chance to recover and keep going. It will keep everybody alive for four to six months.”

    Clubs are still worried that the money will run out if the competition doesn’t get up and running this year.

    They fear one or two clubs could go under.

    “There isn’t any additional broadcast money and the NRL’s cash reserves are diminishing significantly,’’ one official said.

    “The money is there for now but if there isn’t any footy this season, things will get dire.

    “How will clubs raise revenue? There won’t be anything left.

    “We just have to play this year — it could mean life or death for some clubs.

    “If there’s no money left then there’s no money left. We’re OK for now but let’s all pray the footy is back this year.”
     
  9. callmack1

    callmack1 Moderator Staff Member

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    Standing down... or a 25% haircut? Which is it, Todd?: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...d/news-story/6a823aefa8caf1448eea720b8828dbbb

    Ben Ikin - The hypocrisy of clubs accusing NRL of mismanaging finances: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/a63ac6968f897f7fa7da0c141ef54f76

    NRL players could apply for govt handouts: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-pl...handouts/43f3e1cf-244a-42fb-9c75-f8ccda2ae269

    Paul Gallen urges players to take pay deal, believing footy will be back in July: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/paul-g...-in-july/abb07de8-86de-401a-86f7-a73279f79911
     
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    Coronavirus NRL updates - V'landys says three-game Grand Final an option: https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/03/21/coronavirus-nrl-news-latest-updates/

    Stars on the bread line? NRL players look to government payments amid wage cut: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...t/news-story/3bbe3c56916bd28383379bed5c50574d

    NRL’s radical ‘Castaway’ plan to isolate players on remote Queensland island: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/f4f0915487f83a8c230bbb47e87c9433

    COVID-19 hasn't impacted 2021 salary cap yet, RLPA says amid report of 40 per cent cut: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/covid-...yet-rlpa/50b0509b-3556-4927-9f88-8b80daf5e0ba

    Also, from Sporting News,

    Peter V’landys sides with NRL players, not CEO Todd Greenberg, on pay

    ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys has boldly declared players could avoid a pay decrease in 2021 if further cuts are made to the NRL’s executive budget and exorbitant every day running costs.

    The Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) is all-but certain to sign off on a 72 percent pay cut on behalf of the NRL’s 480 contracted players on Wednesday.

    Under the terms of the deal players will reportedly be paid in full for April and May but won’t receive another cent from June to October if the 2020 season is abandoned.

    There have also been reports next season’s $10 million salary cap could be slashed by between 20 and 40 percent after the coronavirus pandemic exposed the governing body’s tenuous financial position.

    But in a major boost for current and future NRL players, V’landys told The Courier Mail there ‘may be no need to slash player wages’ in 2021 and added his ‘preference is to ‘cut expenses at the NRL and ARL’.

    V’landys has already proved a handy ally for players.

    He overruled the NRL’s initial $12 million offer to players for the remainder of the season, increasing it to $20 million.

    After further negotiations between the NRL and RLPA the governing body will write a cheque for $24.5 million on Wednesday.

    V’landys’ pledge to protect the players’ future earnings follows reports NRL stars including Manly captain Daly Cherry-Evans are frustrated with Todd Greenberg’s mooted 25 percent pay cut.

    The NRL CEO was expected to stand down without pay while the competition is suspended but has instead agreed to forgo one quarter of his reported $1.5 million salary.

    Under the deal the RLPA is expected to sign on Wednesday, players will sacrifice 42 percent of their total earnings for the current NRL financial year if the competition is unable to resume.

    Greenberg’s current contract expires at the end of October.

    He began negotiations on a two-year extension late last year, however the ARL Commission was reportedly split on whether to extend his tenure before talks were postponed due to the coronavirus.

    There were also rumours the relationship between V’landys and Greenberg has already become strained after the former took over from Peter Beattie in October.

    Greenberg has copped heavy criticism from players and pundits for the code’s perilous financial position amid initial fears the governing body could face bankruptcy.

    He will have to answer tough questions in the coming months while V’landys’ vocal support of the players could be seen as another sign Greenberg’s position is already untenable.
     
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    As we have been in lockdown for over a week in the UK does anyone have any links to old NRL games that I can watch? Even last season would be great!
     
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    Search 'vintage rugby league' on YouTube. There's a fair bit of content available in the results. I'll be looking to get stuck into it if i get isolated.
     
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    Legend calls for three-game NRL Grand Final series to be played in a week: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...d/news-story/a90062e10cc2c99e1397e39b5720edf4

    RL Chief during Super League war says game can’t afford to lose any clubs: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/ee6971d83265b61ce19f3193e2868b0c

    Pandemic expert says NRL long odds of returning by V’landys’ July 1 wish: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/f4f0915487f83a8c230bbb47e87c9433

    Have a look on the Souths website, last week they posted our two Regular Season games against the Roosters. I'm pretty sure NRL.com will be posting past game too.
     
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    Thank you. I'll have look. :thumbsup_tone1:
     
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    Greenberg agrees to take same pay deal as players: https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/04/01/greenberg-agrees-to-take-same-pay-deal-as-players/

    Pearce - Innovations committee will act fast to revamp schedule: https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/04/01/pearce-innovations-committee-will-act-fast-to-revamp-schedule/

    ‘He’s not the fall guy’ - Paul Kent and Michael Ennis in fiery clash over Todd Greenberg’s leadership: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/66a795e881de5d65cff3c4dc34033738

    Hooper - Greenberg had to be forced to do the right thing — and that’s why he should go: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/2f6d1207fae29ca21a0421d493b9b122

    Phil Gould fears NRL missed best chance for 2020 Season to continue: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/phil-g...onavirus/b3b94aaf-7a65-41d4-8d12-d82dd5b23a52
     
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    callmack1 Moderator Staff Member

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    High-speed ferries, sand dunes, and Federer - Inside the Queensland resort that can save NRL: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...l/news-story/a7a438c5c52822b9b91c93bb7e19cb0b

    NRL clubs apply for govt payout as legend says players shouldn’t need Pre-Season: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/9ecca9012b33e936406eae08cc737b38

    Rugby league’s biggest stars on collision course with NRL over new plan to slash salary cap: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...p/news-story/5ff427d7c6721f33b63636afc7db236d

    I stand by the players on this one and I completely agree with them. It's the NRL's fault that the game is in this bad of a financial position, not the players.

    ARLC commissioner Wayne Pearce admits difficult task keeping players in 'bubble' while continuing NRL Season: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-ne...ommittee/b8317aab-f237-495c-a1df-a8d599185a77
     
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    At the last bargaining agreement, the RLPA and NRL came to a deal that involved the players sharing in the games revenue.
    If there's no revenue, there's no money. It's the deal they agreed.
     
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    NRL seals revised pay deal with RLPA amid coronavirus uncertainty: https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/04/02...-deal-with-rlpa-amid-coronavirus-uncertainty/

    Newton - Players will do whatever's necessary to get back on field: https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/04/02/newton-players-will-do-whatevers-necessary-to-get-back-on-field/

    Finally a deal has been done!!! This a big step forward because we can now move on from that and start focussing on how the game is going to recover from this and we can start working to get the 2020 Season back as soon as possible.

    Is the $1m a Season NRL player a dying species? Two retired stars think not: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...9/news-story/1895af28b19a6a734cea16ef5ac08f1f
     
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    Origin has to go ahead - and it could restart the NRL Season: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/or...n/news-story/fc681bc1aa6c35b4a48cbad93d50fc80

    Why the NRL Bunker could be a $2M casualty of Coronavirus: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/d43f298c17a29e97c8640185fc40609d

    NRL secretly brings Season return date forward A MONTH in audacious new plan: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...n/news-story/9ecca9012b33e936406eae08cc737b38

    Smart spending before NRL cap cuts - Solly: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/smart-...ts-solly/9861341c-65f4-4757-8caf-bc8d0d322984

    NRL players open to island option: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-players-open-to-island-option/3ab8fd3b-1966-43d0-8154-26c3c9672a69

    NRL appoints infectious disease expert in desperate bid to continue Season: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-hi...e-season/c1bb088a-8a61-4088-8782-c11c85a17758
     
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