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National Rugby League Introduces Most Stringent Concussion Guidelines In History
Published February 28, 2014
CAP INCREASE: The AAP's James Macsmith reported NRL "has moved to increase the second-tier salary cap" from A$375,000 ($336,000) to A$440,000. A "comprehensive review of the salary cap remains ongoing" and on Thursday the NRL announced only minor changes ahead of the new season start on March 6. A number of other proposals, including a marquee player allowance, "will be considered" by the Australian Rugby League Commission next month. A marquee player rule, which "would allow clubs to sign a high-profile player outside the cap, was rejected by Super League clubs at a meeting on Wednesday but that is likely to have little impact upon the thinking of the ARLC" (AAP, 2/28).
DRUG DATA: In Sydney, Read wrote as part of its negotiations with the players' union over the game's testing policy, the NRL "has indicated it wants the ability to release figures relating to the number of tests, including the number of positive results." While the game "has carried out in-house testing for illicit substances for years, it has never disclosed the number of tests it has conducted or how many positive results have been returned." Releasing in-house testing results "would represent a seismic shift by the NRL" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 2/28).