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Discussion in 'National Rugby League' started by S J, Oct 9, 2015.

  1. S J

    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    Yes - this is the spot.
     
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    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    So - we will have the NRL bunker - instead of the video Ref at every game. Lets home we don't get a black-out.
     
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    stanleyg Well-Known Member

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    right or wrong decisions are made BUT I would prefer to go back to the on field referee earning their pay. If the Ref needs help that's what his linesmen are there for.
    Smiths answer to everything is to higher another office worker at big money instead of giving the fans what they need which is suburban ground games for reason entry fee and not having to pay a motza for a dogs eye with sauce.
     
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    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    The NSW Cup is set to be expanded before the NRL competition, with no new teams to be added until all 16 clubs are financially viable and independently owned.

    The NRL has had to take control of the Titans and Knights and will not consider expanding the competition until they are able to relinquish ownership of those clubs and the other 14 are financially strong.
     
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    Former Melbourne Storm boss Mark Evans is halfway through his review of the NRL's third party payments.

    Evans has met with some clubs as the NRL explore the prospect of reworking the code's third party payments system which has seen a rising disparity in what some club spend on players outside the salary cap. It is understood third party payments total more than $10 million each year. Evans hinted at simplifying the current system.

    "We've got some improvements that could be made," Evans said. "I'm testing a few ideas against a few people in the game. Hopefully, in the next few weeks I will be able to make a proposal.

    While third party payments must be declared to the NRL, they have never been made public. Registered third party payments have increased in the past three years, with payments to players uncapped. Basic payments in the salary cap total $5.5 million for each club's top 25 players. There are grants such as a $600,000 marquee player allowance and $100,000 motor vehicle allowance which clubs are allowed to spend on top of the salary cap

    The NRL announced it would review the third party payments system following a two day meeting with the club's chief executives in September. It was there that NRL's head of integrity Nick Weeks expressed his concerns about the gap among clubs of third party arrangements and that it could take away the effectiveness of the salary cap.

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    This must be looked at very hard as it appears some clubs are in a very much stronger position and pay well over the Cap. $10m is more than 10% of the total Cap - and is often taken up by a very small number of clubs. How is this fair ?
     
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    stanleyg Well-Known Member

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    I suppose getting a former Storm boss to do it means at least he would know all about it. Basically it would seem that a few clubs would have access to quite a large 3rd party cash pool while other clubs wouldn't so again its an unfair playing field.
    The Nrl needs to tighten things up including a salary cap with no 3rd party agreements in its own office which is becoming a retirement slush fund for admin staff.
    As for the clubs this wouldn't be a bad starting point:-
    salary cap
    set amount of 3rd party each club can use on players
    one club players with 10 years to be exempt.
     
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    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    Agree, could easily do this - eg

    - Juniors 10% off
    - 5 / 10 Year players - 5% / 10% off
    - Over ten years - 20% off

    - thus a 10 year player who was a junior would get 20% off - after ten years it would be 30%. This would encourage teams to develop and keep players.

    Keep marquee system etc.

    Third party - must be declared and limited to $1m per team/club. Keep sponsor confidential but allow public to see what player is on. This would end speculation.
     
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    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    Dave Smith resigned.
     
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    Yahooo but its probably to late. He has spent a fortune hiring people for cushy jobs at Nrl HQ.
    Grant will mind the store until they find another candidate to spent a lot of money on.
    Hopefully the next CEO will have a rugby league/business background although Grant could do some damage in the meantime.
    The game needs to go back to basics
    cut the cost of attending a game
    play more games at local grounds
    Address a few of the stupid rules brought in over the last few years like:-
    fair dinkum scrums instead of 2nd row feeds
    cut out the time wasting on the field by players and officials
    remove the on field coaches like Langer & co unless there is a stoppage in play for injury etc
    Maybe do something out of left field and where a club is flogging another one by 20 points the scoring side to kick off the re commence play
    sort out the shonky 3rd party deals and give long serving one club players the opportunity to finish their careers there instead of penalising the clubs if they try to keep them.

    Obviously there are a lot more things that need fixing but its an opportunity not to be missed with Smith going.
     
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    SMH: A second New Zealand team in the NRL would be known as the South Pacific Cyclones and play up to half their home matches in Fiji.

    The consortium backing a Wellington-based team to join the NRL in 2018 has revealed further details of its bid, including the official name of the club and its plans to expand across the Pacific with the inclusion of Fiji.
     
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    sth pacific cyclones???.
    What about the Tuvalu toodle doos and the tasman sea hobbits:bag:.
    Nrl really needs to clean up D Smiths mess before talk of new teams.
    Maybe a couple of minor discussions on some re locations to add to the mix after all Rothfield doesn't like the Dragons surrounding his sharks and some fans are not keen on the dragons being a split personality team either.
     
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    Bombers bid chairman Craig Davison believes a second Brisbane NRL team is inevitable despite Broncos CEO Paul White's damning view on expansion.

    Brisbane Bombers boss Davison is unfazed after White dismissed the notion that NRL CEO Dave Smith's resignation could fast track expansion in Queensland.
     
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    A second Brissy team would be a good idea and take some of the talent away that the Broncos collect being a one team town.
    You might find however there is probably a clause in the Nrl as part of the super league war settlement that the it remains a one horse town. The crushers were crushed and the Chargers down the road went to the knackery while the titans are looking a little tiny these days to.
     
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    Wouldn't it be great if you could have team in every major city before you started doubling up!

    Y'know, like Adelaide, Darwin, Hobart, Perth etc etc.

    That doesn't even seem to be a long-term aspiration, though.
     
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    Agree - I'd like to see SA and WA back in it.
     
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    It would make it like a super 15 rugby competition and while it would be nice it was a failed experiment the last time.
    You also come back to the issue of to many Sydney based teams. although they are slowly spreading out.
    To all intents and purposes the Dragons have moved to the gong but the roosters and souffs overlap.
    Manly has a large area but not the population of rugby league fans having grass cut the teddy bears.
    The dodgies have the south west of the old Sydney while the tigpies have moved to the far south west.
    You also have parra and Penrith claiming the west and the sharks the south.

    Before they look at more interstate sides the Nrl needs to get back to grass roots local games for Sydney fans to give it more of a tribal aspect again.
    While we don't need the flares and pre game marches the Nrl could have a close look at why the Wanderers soccer club is so popular.
     
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    Saints have the real south of Sydney (Botany Bay, Kogarah, Carlton, Hurstville etc etc) - down past the Illawarra.
     
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    Be nice to think so but the fact is the Dragons have virtually moved wholus bollus to the Gong. Kogarah gets some games but the big ones are either at ANZ or the Gong.
    We still have an enclave of die hards in the st George area but people demographics are changing and the area will either be absorbed into the Dodgies or soccer eventually.
    You only have to look at the number of teams and crowds at parks games like renown versus the soccer mob there on weekends to know its changing.
    The days of a regular club games at jubilee and a then a big migration to the Taj Mahal are fading away .....unless you get an occasion like 2010 GF win.
     
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    The famous Bears name, logo and colours may be set for a return to the NRL, even if the foundation club's bid for a team on the Central Coast is again rejected.

    While chief executive Greg Florimo insists the former North Sydney-based club remains focused on securing a licence for a Central Coast team, the priority has always been to have the Bears playing again in the NRL after being expelled at the end of the 1999 season.

    The only real hope of a franchise on the Central Coast being given the green light is if the NRL decides to create an extra game to increase the value of the pay-TV broadcast rights after selling four free-to-air games to Nine from 2018, although a second Brisbane side and another team in New Zealand or Perth would be more likely options.

    OR - set up two conferences of 10 - and bring in B2, WA and SA and maybe NZ2. Then bring in a "Superbowl".
     

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