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SBD Global/March 15, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Super League Salford Reds Owner Wants Boost In Salary Cap Limit

Super League rugby club Salford Reds Owner Marwan Koukash wants Super League clubs "to be given greater spending powers," according to Neil Barker of the MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS. Koukash is calling for a "substantial salary cap increase and disputes claims" such a move would lead to the instant demise of some of Super League’s smaller clubs. Koukash: “Rugby League is a great product but the sport is being hugely undersold and under marketed. An increase would raise the sport’s profile, it would attract more top players and as a result more money could be demanded for the sport’s TV rights. The smaller clubs clubs would then receive more money from this and therefore be in a stronger position because of it. Former Salford Coach Kevin Ashcroft claims Koukash himself "has already had a huge impact on Super League." Ashcroft said, “He has been a breath of fresh air and just what our game needed. This fellow is the real deal and he’s determined to succeed" (MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS, 3/14).
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