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SBD Global/November 30, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NRL Officials Ready To Talk To Players About Increase Of Salary Cap
Published November 30, 2012
BOYCOTT TALK: In Sydney, Brent Read reported "there has been talk of players boycotting next year's Indigenous All Stars game over the slow progress of the salary cap and collective bargaining agreement talks." However, there "is support in some quarters for an NFL-style lockout" until the commission and Rugby League Players' Association "can reach agreement on the cap." That would mean "players boycotting preseason training and have the effect of sending a strong message without affecting the season proper, unless of course the stalemate extends well into next year." It is understood the clubs "have asked Mattiske to speak to the commission over the prospect of increasing the grant in line with any salary cap increases." Should the commission insist the grant must stay at A$7M next season, the clubs "are expected to strongly resist any attempts to increase the cap for '13" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/30).
STADIUM TACTICS: The AAP reported "suburban NRL grounds could be a thing of the past with the league intent on implementing a stadium strategy" that "will deliver average crowds of 20,000 by '17." In a development sure to divide fans of a host of Sydney clubs, the NRL "will spend the next three months consulting clubs and their supporters in a bid to determine where games are played in the future" (AAP, 11/28).