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Volume 6 No. 193

Leagues and Governing Bodies

It is a matter of "when, not if" a team based on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. joins the Pro14, tournament CEO Martin Anayi said, according to Alex Lowe of the LONDON TIMES. Anayi oversaw the expansion of the Pro14 this summer, with the inclusion of two franchises from South Africa, and he "plans on turning the cross-hemisphere club tournament into a transatlantic competition." Premiership Rugby is "building a presence" in the U.S., having struck a broadcast deal with NBC. Additionally, the Newcastle Falcons will play Saracens in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday. Anayi said that "plans are close for the Pro14 to establish a permanent foothold" in the U.S. with the introduction of a team based on the East Coast, plus another in Germany. Anayi: "We are thinking about what is next. The two teams in South Africa can change our game and change our tournament and if we get that right we shouldn't stop there. We would be looking to expand again at some stage. ... [When it comes to] taking games to America, we have to be innovative. The English have got a great thing going in Philadelphia and it will go really well" (LONDON TIMES, 9/12).

Australian cricket's pay dispute "is officially over but there is no peace yet," with Australian Cricketers' Association President Greg Dyer "questioning Cricket Australia's governance in a bid to avoid a repeat of the messy saga," according to Andrew Wu of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Dyer took a "thinly veiled swipe at the governing body," saying that it was the union and its membership -- and not CA -- who were the "real protectors" of the game. Dyer described the protracted negotiations as the "most difficult and troubling period" he had seen in his six years in the job. The ACA "is desperate for culture change" so that the next deal will be negotiated amid a "more cordial climate." Key figures "from both sides of the bitter feud remain in their posts a month after the dispute reached its climax." CA declined to comment. Dyer: "It is now incumbent on the ACA to do all we can to ensure the likes of this negotiation process never happens again" (SMH, 9/12).

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper said that the team "will take a stand for marriage equality," joining Football Federation Australia, Cricket Australia and the National Rugby League to support the "yes" campaign. The Australian Rugby Union "unveiled a rainbow marriage equality logo on social media on Tuesday as a mark of the organisation's support as Australia braces for a marriage law postal survey" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 9/12).

Worker rights advocates are "patting New Zealand Rugby on the back for letting an independent panel rub salt in its wounds." Human Rights Commission Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue said that adopting the advice in the Respect & Responsibility Review was a "smart business" move for the organization that had "extreme cases of employee misconduct and an entrenched sexist culture" (STUFF, 9/12). 

WADA "stopped any further monitoring against Kenya over doping," and said that the country "demonstrated and expressed its commitment to addressed critical issues in the fight against doping in sports." WADA Lead Auditor Kevin Haynes disclosed that the organization directed its compliance unit "not to proceed" with the compliance monitoring procedure against Kenya" (DAILY NATION, 9/11).

The World Curling Federation and Curling Canada will continue to work together in staging a world championship in Canada in '19 (World Men's) and '20 (World Women's). This extends a working arrangement in place since '05 that sees Canada play host to either the World Men's or World Women's Curling Championship on an annual basis (World Curling Federation).