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SBD Global/August 23, 2017/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Rugby League Players Association's Dally M Boycott Would Not Punish NRL

The National Rugby League is "desperate for every dollar it can get its hands on to keep clubs and stakeholders happy," according to Michael Chammas of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Therefore, the Rugby League Players Association's threat to boycott the Dally M Medal ceremony may not punish the governing body. The NRL has reportedly budgeted A$500,000 ($395,200) for the awards show on Sept. 27, but it will be "laughing all the way to the bank should the RLPA follow through with its mooted boycott." What "better way to stick it up Todd Greenberg and co than saving them the half-million they were planning on forking out for the players to celebrate their achievements over the season?" Who would this action "actually punish?" The 1,000 fans from all clubs who have been "invited to attend the night of nights?" The RLPA has done a "fantastic job in negotiating the offer now on the table from the NRL." But "nonsense" about boycotting the Dally M, the captain's call during the finals and Rugby World Cup does not "reflect well on the players" (SMH, 8/22).
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