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SBD Global/September 7, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Rugby League Commission Extends Search For CEO

Racing New South Wales CEO Peter V’landys "would not be fazed" by the fact someone had already been offered and rejected the job as Australian Rugby League Commission CEO if he was interested in the role, according to Greg Prichard of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The ARLC is "taking a breath" after Australian Football League COO Gillon McLachlan refused the job earlier this week. V’landys has refused to comment on speculation he was in the running for the ARLC job, but he "remains on the league’s shortlist of contenders." A source said, ‘‘That sort of thing happens all the time in business, people not being the first choice, but still accepting the job. It’s about whether you want the job and whether you think you would be good at it, and the person who takes the job often works out to be the better choice in the end anyway’’ (SMH, 9/6). In Sydney, Roy Masters opined that the ARLC "should pursue the rival code's No. 1 man," AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou, when he becomes available. Masters wrote, the ARL "needs a dictator, and Demetriou has proven he can control AFL clubs, their players' association and extract superior deals from stadiums and broadcasters. McLachlan shared many of Demetriou's traits but not his take-no-prisoners approach" (SMH, 9/4).
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