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Greenberg Resigns

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    Not sure if many saw it but Brent Reid was on Fox League Live tonight. He was asked about potential candidates for NRL CEO and he said that he's spoken to Blake Solly today and that Blake doesn't want the job. He is apparently committed to Souths and wants to remain there. If that's true and it remains to be the case, it really is fantastic news for us!

    Greenberg resigns as NRL CEO: https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/04/20/greenberg-resigns-as-nrl-ceo/

    'I've loved every single minute' of toughest job in Australian sport : https://www.nrl.com/news/2020/04/20...e-minute-of-toughest-job-in-australian-sport/

    Complicated legacy - Todd Greenberg’s biggest moments as NRL CEO: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...y/news-story/228c16781d2a12090b819f2f526d8933

    Little known Andrew Abdo faces baptism of fire as interim NRL CEO: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...g/news-story/8536f03947241f1304dc7e6f80a8076a

    Warriors phone hook up that led to Todd Greenberg ‘jumping before he was pushed’: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/23d81adaf0bf8c81a3d4a759d89c6534

    Hooper - Todd Greenberg was a political card shark who had no option but to walk: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/0312315afd6e443b4cb673d93f8755f5

    Phil Gould says COVID-19 crisis exposed frayed relationships after Todd Greenberg's resignation: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/phil-g...v-landys/0f3cc2ab-e44d-4dd3-9619-86b281a2211a

    Billy Slater hoping Todd Greenberg remains around the NRL despite resignation: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/billy-...the-game/fabd2298-598f-414b-9d5b-cc1bf5baa32d
     
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    Emotional Mal Meninga dirty on game for picking on Todd Greenberg in darkest hour: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/baa584f9619d770f4aa9d4b5a809de8a

    Greenberg was the first NRL head to roll. He won’t be the last as cost-cutting ‘purge’ begins: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...g/news-story/8536f03947241f1304dc7e6f80a8076a

    More to follow Greenberg in ‘cost-cutting’ purge as V’landys responds to calls to run the NRL: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...9/news-story/5e238a4f98d9822597cf6e1d7a2cd194

    NRL's most likely options to replace Todd Greenberg as CEO after Monday axing: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/nrl-s-...reenberg/eda7e83f-8c87-4191-af2b-ffc795a2a5ad
     
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    Yeah saw that. Why would you want to be the NRL CEO? If the media don't like you, they'll do their usual and find ways to get rid of you. V'landys may as well do it, the media can't get enough of him.
     
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    A poisoned chalice is the NRL CEO position.
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    Here are the top contenders to replace Todd Greenberg as NRL CEO... so who gets YOUR vote?: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...o/news-story/b4f1da7a20e48faa6ef68e11abc8e27e

    ‘Dead man walking’ - Nine gloats over Greenberg downfall amid nuclear NRL feud: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...d/news-story/b821b69c015118f2542bf1492560a3f0

    Andrew Abdo firms in race for NRL CEO job as three candidates drop out: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/969799a554a05a53f39e0b89af42623a

    Russell Crowe’s phone call to Peter V’Landys to make CEO pitch: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/0380da3403c6115d1c4d23d7b38536be

    Great news that Solly has officially ruled himself out! He is focussed on us which is fantastic news. What do we think a bour Richo's name being thrown in? I'd be all for it and think he'd be the right kind of person for the job. Plus, he's Souths through and through haha.
     
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    Shane Richardson for NRL CEO? Key league figures say ‘over our dead bodies’: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...r/news-story/82136469296ceb7aeea29b68d549f249

    Forgetting about all the other stuff, I actually think Richo would do a really good job of NRL CEO. He knows the game, he knows the system and he knows the commercial/financial side aswell. However, Hoops makes a good point that as much as us as Souths members and fans love him, he is a very polarising figure in the game and does have a lot of enemies. I'd love to see him get in but when you think about it, that's not what we need. We need someone who is well liked and the clubs can get behind. Abdo would be my choice.

    Gorden Tallis wants an outsider as next NRL CEO. They can’t come from club land: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/254c0d548e42ea6bfa2b260862d9e90d

    From Sporting News,

    Next NRL CEO must address the grassroots, says Greg Alexander

    Former Penrith Panthers premiership winning captain Greg Alexander says the incoming NRL CEO needs to understand and address issues at the grass roots level of the game.

    The NRL is on the hunt for a new CEO after Todd Greenberg announced his resignation from the post, effective immediately, on Monday afternoon.

    Greenberg had been under pressure for months, with reports suggesting he would have been axed at the start of the season if not for the coronavirus pandemic.

    He was granted what amounted to a stay of execution to help deal with the COVID-19 shut down, but eventually had no other choice but to step down.

    According to Paul Kent, the last straw was Greenberg's inadequate handling of the Warriors' questions and concerns around the resumption of the league.

    The general conensus around league land is that Greenberg is a competent administrator, but that his time at the top had come to an end.

    That's the view shared by Alexander, who praised Greenberg's understanding of what was happening in clubland, saying he "did a good job in difficult circumstances."

    But, like others, Brandy said there have been underlying issues bought to the forefront as a result of the coronavirus shutdown.

    "There was a big push to oust Todd and I guess it took the coronavirus for all of us to understand what was happening with the NRL's finances," he said on Big Sports Breakfast on Tuesday morning.

    "There's been a fair bit of mystery surrounding the NRL's spending over recent times and it took this to unearth some of the problems that the game and the clubs didn't even know we were in.

    "Todd's a good man and a good administrator, but I guess it was time."

    When asked what direction the game should take when installing a new CEO, Alexander said it should be someone who can adress the grassroots rather than focusing on the top end.

    "The CEO needs to know the game," he said.

    "Besides the financial problem the game's in because of the coronavirus, it was heading that way anyway. I think it was unsustainable how the game was run, and I think we've found that out in terms of a very top-heavy office at the NRL.

    "But I think the man that comes in needs to know the state of the game and where it needs to be fixed.

    "That starts at the bottom.

    "I'm a junior coach. Junior rugby league is struggling, but no one wants to admit it.

    "They get numbers and they say 'it's slightly increasing' but it's not slightly increasing. It's decreasing.

    "They've been clever in the way they've used touch footy numbers and other numbers - female numbers - to make the game look like it's doing okay, but it's not doing okay at grass roots level.

    "So, the CEO that comes in need to understand about where the game starts and that's at the junior level."
     
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    From the Sydney Morning Herald,

    Numbers At The Top Mean Little If NRL Leadership Lacks Value

    If the purpose of getting rid of NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg is to send a blunt message to stakeholders that the game’s cost structure is bloated, it could prove counterproductive .

    Should Greenberg and his leadership team, such as COO Nick Weeks and CFO Tony Crawford, be replaced by administrators of the quality of those who run Sydney’s NRL clubs, the game will never raise the revenue needed to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Some club bosses in Sydney are on salaries a quarter of the size of Greenberg’s $1.2 million, and it shows. They do little to raise club revenue, relying on headquarters for handouts.

    Not surprisingly, NRL clubs contribute only 29 per cent of total game revenue ($700m) compared to the AFL, in which clubs contribute 50 per cent of the overall income of $1.1m.

    Subtract the revenue raised by ‘‘ out of town’ ’ clubs, such as the Storm and the Broncos, and the miserable contribution of the Sydney clubs is more telling.

    The turnover of club chief executives reflects their shortterm commitment, with Cronulla churning through an average of one CEO every year.

    The clubs can’t be trusted to run the important programs operated by RL Central, particularly those focused on elevating the behaviour and image of players.

    It is hypocritical to whine about how the code’s 2018-19 summer of shame cost millions in sponsorship deals, yet protest about the funds spent by the central administration to address this.

    And it’s not as if the NRL’s leadership is overpaid compared to the AFL’s . The top 12 executives at the AFL pull in total salaries of about $11m.

    It is half the NRL’s head-office corporate costs of $22m, which is spent on Greenberg and his executive team, the ARL Commission, media, finance , IT, HR, facilities, buildings, government and legal.

    Yet Roosters chair Nick Politis, who has led the campaign to savage headquarters expenses, has a point.

    Politis, a billionaire businessman, compares TV income, staff levels, number of teams and cash reserves over a 25-year period separating the two major crises to confront the game.

    In 1995, the first year of the Super League war, CEO John Quayle had a dozen staff running a 20-team competition from a TV budget of $8m and the code had $25m in the bank.

    In 2020, the year of the COVID-19 virus, Greenberg had a staff of about 420 running a 16-team competition from TV income of $370m and has $22m in the bank.

    So, same cash reserves with 35 times more staff administering a smaller league.

    Greenberg continued many of the high-cost consultancies of his predecessor, Dave Smith, which raises the question: what was the commission doing by ticking off on these programs?

    Greenberg’s legacy will be the bunker and his commitment to player welfare, particularly regarding protocols on concussion. The bunker, the refereeing aid introduced in 2016 which coincided with Greenberg’s appointment as CEO, has provided transparency, accuracy and consistency.

    He was also at the forefront of the social equity revolution, promoting same-sex marriage, Indigenous recognition and a women’s competition, while endorsing a contentious automatic stand-down policy. Greenberg also presided over a changed accreditation and sanctioning system for player managers, granting the NRL more control.

    He has never been able to shake off the speculation surrounding his friendship with leading player-manager Isaac Moses, with whom he once worked in stadium management.

    Moses has been issued an infraction notice for breaches of the player-manager code. What is not known is why Greenberg recused himself from the case, delegating any disciplinary responsibility to Weeks.

    If ARLC chair Peter V’landys wants to use Greenberg’s exit to send a message to stakeholders, a good example comes from the English Premier League. The 20-team competition is run by a staff of 160, presiding over global media rights income of $6 billion.

    The executive chairman, Richard Scudamore, in 2018 received a salary, including bonuses, of approximately $5m, about four times more than Greenberg but operating a budget in another stratosphere.

    Yet, when Liverpool and Manchester City fail to meet their bottom lines, they find other sources of revenue, rather than demand additional handouts and lobby for the boss’s sacking.
     
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    Greg Alexander backs ‘Rugby League man’ like Geoff Toovey for NRL CEO: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...e/news-story/f33516acca4f15afae703691da895023

    ‘No history in the game’ - Phil Gould pinpoints clubs’ major problem with NRL: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...o/news-story/b75f46b74ec64b70da2cc8f7c7bb9dd6

    Peter V'landys opens up on 'brutal' broadcast negotiations with Nine, Todd Greenberg exit: https://wwos.nine.com.au/nrl/peter-...erg-exit/6e13082f-2d47-483a-89db-38f56b36e0ce
     
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