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SBD Global/August 13, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
National Rugby League To Form Committee To Address Problem Of Declining Crowds
Published August 13, 2014
SALARY CAP PROBE: In Sydney, Brent Read reported NRL CEO Dave Smith insists COO Jim Doyle "remains the right man to preside over salary cap investigations" into both Brisbane and the Gold Coast, despite his "impending return to clubland with the New Zealand Warriors raising the spectre of conflicting interests." The issue is "more one of perception than reality." While "no one in the game believes the highly respected Doyle would be influenced by his future plans, some question whether his involvement is the right look for the code" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 8/13).
DANGEROUS TACKLES: In Sydney, Brad Walter reported NRL referees have been "encouraged to send players off for any incident which jeopardises the safety of an opponent" after officials "expressed concern over a number of dangerous tackles in last weekend's round of matches." An NRL spokesperson said, "It has always been left to the referees' discretion to determine if a player should be put on report or sent off for a serious breach. However, the NRL is particularly concerned about dangerous incidents where player safety is put at risk, and would support any referee sending off a player in these circumstances" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/12).