It'd still be a bad deal even if the money was paid up front. The NRL would be sacrificing money and their negotiating position for a short term sugar hit.Maybe not if the money is paid up-front. HST I can`t imagine the journo would make a typo on such a significant point. $2m/annum on the other hand is ludicrously way too little.
BTW, I can see that kind of typo happening in a rushed tweet.