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National Rugby League Clubs 'Uneasy' About Cost Of New Digital Media Service

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 21 / 17

National Rugby League clubs "have issues with the game plan for the governing body's beefed-up digital media service to be unveiled next year," according to Will Swanton of THE AUSTRALIAN. The revamped nrl.com.au website will start from Jan. 1. It is designed to be the "go-to service for league news...

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