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Volume 6 No. 212

Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said that he will "resign immediately" from his position at Tuesday's emergency general meeting "if everyone in the room agrees he is no longer the right man for the job," according to Tom Decent of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. But Pulver "questioned whether an EGM is really necessary," labeling one of the resolutions put forward as "nonsense" and adding that if people wanted him gone, "there were other ways to go about it." Pressure has been mounting on Pulver and the ARU following the announcement in April that a Super Rugby team would be cut, saying at the time that a decision would be made within 72 hours. By Tuesday, "it will be exactly 72 days since it became clear an Australian team would be folded." It is this uncertainty that has "angered clubs, administrators and fans alike." Regarding his position as CEO, Pulver said that "he would step down if necessary and revealed, in any event, this would be his last job in sports administration." He said, "If everyone in the room stood up on Tuesday and said, 'Bill, we think it's time for change now,' I will step down immediately. It's not an issue of anyone having to push me out. ... I will do one sports administration job in my life and it's this one" (SMH, 6/19).

Australia’s upcoming tour of India is "looming as the brightest flashpoint in cricket’s pay war" as the days tick down to the June 30 deadline for a new deal, according to Andrew Faulkner of THE AUSTRALIAN. For "all the concerns" about the Bangladesh tour in August, and the "uncertainty" about the home Ashes series, canceling the five ODI Indian tour in October "could cost Australian cricket more than it can afford to lose." Offending India "could jeopardise the nations’ reciprocal agreement" that has the BCCI touring Australia in '18-19. Indian tours "generate big money and Cricket Australia risks forgoing the rivers of gold that will flow from hosting four Tests against the world cricket powerhouse." Pay talks between CA and the players’ union are "set to continue this week and both sides say they are committed to striking a new memorandum of understanding before the June 30 cut-off" (THE AUSTRALIAN, 6/19). 

'PUSH MORE': In Melbourne, Daniel Cherny reported Australian cricket vice-captain David Warner said that he is "happy to be the public frontman for Australian cricketers in their fight to retain a fixed percentage of revenue," but concedes captain Steve Smith could "probably push a little bit more" when it comes to stating the players' case. Warner has been the "most outspoken" of Australia's leading players on the pay matter, "flagging" the possibility of a players' boycott during next summer's Ashes if the players "do not get what they want." While standing with his colleagues, Smith has taken a "less vocal approach, trying to downplay the prospect of industrial action." Warner said, "From where I stand and the position I take on this, I try to take as much heat off [Smith] as possible. ... In this circumstance I'm willing to go out there into bat for everyone. Yeah sometimes he could probably push a little bit more, but I think he's doing a great job, as well as other players like Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood as well" (THE AGE, 6/18).

Nissan is "looking to join Holden in Supercars' delayed move away from racing exclusively with V8 engines," which as of now is not happening until '19, according to Mark Fogarty of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Holden is the only manufacturer "committed to switching to the smaller turbocharged V6s now allowed alongside the traditional V8s," but has "decided against making the change next year as originally planned." Replacing the existing five-liter V8 with a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 as Holden's main Supercars motor has been postponed until '19, when Nissan "may also move to a twin-turbo V6." Engine configurations other than V8s "are eligible under this year's new Gen2 technical rules, but no manufacturer or team was ready for the change." Gen2 also "allows two-door coupes to race alongside the traditional four-door sedans, but again, there have been no takers yet." If Nissan continues beyond '18, it would "also adopt the look of a new model to replace the V8 racer's discontinued Altima body shape" (SMH, 6/17).

The world's top eight teams will be vying for a winner’s prize of $660,000 in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, which will be held in the U.K. from June 24 -July 23. The ICC earlier in May announced that the total prize money for the tournament would be $2M, 10 times the amount for the '13 edition. The runner-up will win $330,000 and the losing semifinalists will get $165,000 each. Teams exiting at the group stage will get $30,000 each while each win in the group stage will earn a side $20,000 (ICC).

Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag urged Ferrari to "enter the all-electric series." Earlier in the week, FIA President Jean Todt "expressed satisfaction" that Renault is involved in both F1 and Formula E. Todt said, "I am confident that one day Ferrari will follow suit, and we would like to see that." That is a sentiment that Agag "shares as well." He said, "Ferrari in Formula E is quite possible" (AUTO WEEK, 6/16).