NRL General Discussion Thread - 2022

Super Freak

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Dean Ritchie (yeah i know) is reporting that the clubs have become frustrated with Abdo and are preparing to assemble a "high powered lobby group" to negotiate directly with Vlandys in a bid to try and end the stalemate over the new CBA

there will be a private zoom call tomorrow morning to discuss sending three "influential" chairman; Nick Politis (Roosters), Matt Tripp (Storm) and Karl Morris (Broncos) along with CEO's, Brian Fletcher (Panthers), Blake Solly (Souths) and Don Furner (Raiders) to meet directly with Vlandys.

Vlandys and Abdo head to England next week for the World Cup and the clubs are desperate to have the CBA finalised before they leave.

there is reportedly a $20 million per year shortfall in talks between the RLPA and the NRL. the NRL are reluctant to add that $20 million, because it would affect their own operating expenses.

talks have been on-going since February, while the current CBA expired on October 31

key issues still to be resolved include:
  • NRL salary cap
  • investment in the NRLW
  • NRL player payments
  • revenue share
  • minimum wage for players
  • funding for medical and hardship support for retired and past players.

One source close to the clubs said:

“We’ve gone as far as we can with Andrew; somebody has to get to Peter. The clubs think Andrew can’t do anymore with the finances unless Peter intervenes.”


Panthers CEO, Brian Fletcher says:

“We have budgets to complete and players to sign so we need this to be done ASAP,”

“We seem to be miles apart at the moment.

“You’d think it was a matter that needed a bit of urgency but it doesn’t seem to be getting that. It would be nice to know where we’re going.”


Canberra CEO Don Furner says:

“November 1, the first day of our new financial year, was Tuesday and we’re hoping to get this settled and have clarity on the salary cap and our finances.”


One out-of-Sydney CEO said:

“We have a meeting (on Thursday) with all the clubs to try and move it forward. The NRL has basically gone into ‘ignore-mode.’

“Everyone is getting frustrated by the lack of action from the NRL. Tuesday was the first day of a new financial year and there’s no CBA or club distribution agreement.

“If we have to go to the commission directly, and bypass Andrew, to take this seriously then we will. The clubs are now looking at escalating their concerns to the commissioners.”

There's always two sides to every story.

The issue isn't the NRL just ignoring them. The last couple of negotiations, the players negotiated against investing in the future of Rugby League such as grassroots. Their demands are again negotiating against investing in the future of Rugby League, and now the NRL and the RLPA are at a stalemate.

Players want a bigger slice of the pie, they need to start worrying about the future of the game.
 

Unbreakable

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Korbin Sims 2018 vs 2022

Ouch.

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Cult

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Paul Kent has teed off on snowflakes and the woke brigade for forcing Craig Young to quit the Dragons after defending Brett Finch recently. Surely that’s enough to get him sacked from NRL360. Looking forward to how McHunt defends this rugby league media personality.
 

Super Freak

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NRL considering introducing a Pride round in 2023. They will discuss it in the next couple of commission meetings and make a decision.

I don't think they quite fathom the shit storm that would happen if they did. It's not a good idea.
 

holdzy

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NRL considering introducing a Pride round in 2023. They will discuss it in the next couple of commission meetings and make a decision.

I don't think they quite fathom the shit storm that would happen if they did. It's not a good idea.

They should do it.
 

GKDonkey

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NRL considering introducing a Pride round in 2023. They will discuss it in the next couple of commission meetings and make a decision.

I don't think they quite fathom the shit storm that would happen if they did. It's not a good idea.
Maybe they should spend less time working on woke ideas and make some decisions regarding the salary cap
 

Foordy

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Badel reporting that News Corp obtained TOP SECRET documents that show the NRL has offered a $1.32 billion deal (over the next 5 years) in a bid to end the CBA standoff.

  • The NRL has proposed a 2023 salary-cap figure of $12.5 million from $10.2m _ an increase of 22.5%
  • NRL players have been offered an extra $222 million over the next five years;
  • NRL Women are set to celebrate record salaries as part of a $115m funding injection over the next five years;
  • The NRLW salary cap is slated to rise from $350,000 to $800,000 next season - a whopping 146% pay rise for females; and
  • V’landys wants the minimum wage for NRL development players to be lifted from $80,000 this season to $125,000 next season - a 56 per cent increase for rookies.

Vlandys and Abdo are also hoping to finalize a $300 million funding deal for the clubs ... it's not stated, but i'm guessing that's per year (not over 5 years) as that would be $17.6 million for each of the 17 clubs
 

Kimlo

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Badel reporting that News Corp obtained TOP SECRET documents that show the NRL has offered a $1.32 billion deal (over the next 5 years) in a bid to end the CBA standoff.

  • The NRL has proposed a 2023 salary-cap figure of $12.5 million from $10.2m _ an increase of 22.5%
  • NRL players have been offered an extra $222 million over the next five years;
  • NRL Women are set to celebrate record salaries as part of a $115m funding injection over the next five years;
  • The NRLW salary cap is slated to rise from $350,000 to $800,000 next season - a whopping 146% pay rise for females; and
  • V’landys wants the minimum wage for NRL development players to be lifted from $80,000 this season to $125,000 next season - a 56 per cent increase for rookies.

Vlandys and Abdo are also hoping to finalize a $300 million funding deal for the clubs ... it's not stated, but i'm guessing that's per year (not over 5 years) as that would be $17.6 million for each of the 17 clubs
This is how News Corp pay Vlandys back, by taking his side.

Players would have got a 100% pay rise if it wasn't for Vlandys, hopefully the players strike to get Vlandys fucked off.
 

Foordy

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The Courier Mail have revealed the season ticket prices for next year. they've chosen to go with the most affordable full season membership for each club, ranked by the cost per match (since all teams have a different amount of home games included in the memberships). I won't go through all of the teams, but here are the highlights:

The Phins will have the most expensive membership next season charging $325 for 10 games ($32.50 per game)

The 2022 wooden spooners the Tigers come in as the second most expensive membership, charging $250 for 9 games ($27.80 per game)

The Bulldogs will have the cheapest membership next season; charging just $163 for 10 games + Rabbitohs away game ($14.80 per game)

and for comparison, the Broncos will have the 5th cheapest membership next season; charging $199 for 12 games ($16.60 per game)

 

IceWorks

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NRL considering introducing a Pride round in 2023. They will discuss it in the next couple of commission meetings and make a decision.

I don't think they quite fathom the shit storm that would happen if they did. It's not a good idea.
Why do they need to do this? Just concentrate on making the football an interesting product.
 

Foordy

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Manly are now back tracking on plans to wear their Pride Jersey in 2023. they are passing the buck to the NRL to host a "Pride Round"

the NRL have also blocked plans for Laurie Daley to join Manly as a consultant coach. saying it can't be permitted while he engages in other employment with a wagering operator. this is reportedly because his radio presenting job has ties to the betting industry.
 

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