What a week it’s been for rugby league news!
Of all the things that have happened – a sacked coach, a rep coach appointed, a player retiring, some controversial judicial news – the biggest and most important was the new TV rights deal.
But now that the high-fiving and back-slapping is done, it’s time for the Australian Rugby League Commission to go public and explain how they’re going to distribute the money.
The $billion-plus figure has a nice ring to it, but what are they going to do with it?
They should be making a public statement or facing the media and announcing a fairly intricate breakdown of proposed spending.
I think the public who support rugby league and are involved in rugby league deserve as much.
There are 55,000 junior players in Australia.
What’s their financial breakdown?
I agree with everyone else that the players should be the first to be rewarded. If you’re the top person at your job, be it an athlete or an accountant, you deserve the top dollar.
So the big-name players should absolutely and deservedly get a pay rise as a result of all of this.
But we also have to look at the grassroots.
If I’m a junior player or administrator or parent or fan or whatever, I want to know exactly what is happening, where it’s happening and when it’s happening.
Getting over the billion-dollar mark is only half the job done. It’s now about how the commission implements that cash into all the different areas that need and want their slice of the pie.
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