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SBD Global/October 19, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies

NRL CEO Mattiske Wants To Lock Cap For Five Years

National Rugby League interim CEO Shane Mattiske maintained that plans to lock in salary caps for the life of the new broadcast deal "remained a possibility despite the uncertainty surrounding future figures," according to Glenn Jackson of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Mattiske said that he would "discuss the prospect" of confirming the salary cap ceilings for the next five years with the Rugby League Players' Association when talks with the union body resume. The five years is the equivalent of the duration of the A$1.025B ($1.06B) broadcast deal with Channel Nine and Fox Sports. NRL club CEO's met Thursday and Mattiske reiterated to them that they should be working off a A$5M salary cap next year, "with further rises to be confirmed after talks with the players' association about the collective bargaining agreement." Mattiske said that he "could not guarantee when the future salary caps could be locked in," but clubs would have long-term certainty when they are (SMH, 10/19).
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