League Notes: Premiership Rugby Could Go On Strike Over Season Extension
Premiership Rugby players "could go on strike because of extra demands on them," former Rugby Football Union Dir of Professional Rugby Rob Andrew said. Proposals to extend the Premiership season by a month from the '19-20 campaign have been opposed by players. Andrew: "What's giving in is the players' bodies -- that's not sustainable long term. Something will give and eventually if the players decide not to turn out, then there isn't much of a product" (BBC, 10/11).
Middlesex County Cricket Club's appeal over its two-point deduction, which effectively resulted in its relegation, "will be considered" by the England & Wales Cricket Board. The appeal has been referred to ECB Discipline Commission Chair Tim O'Gorman (BBC, 10/11).
The Australian Football League and reigning champion Richmond have "come under fire for their lack of response to a topless photo scandal as police investigate possible charges against a player who allegedly shared an intimate photo of a woman without her consent." The scandal "raised fresh questions" about the league’s commitment to teaching players about respectful behavior toward women (THE AUSTRALIAN, 10/12).