A "bitter battle looms" between the National Rugby League administration and agents over Rugby League Central's plans to reform the agent accreditation system, according to Roy Masters of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The code’s 110 accredited agents formed a union and have "threatened legal action to resist the administration’s attempts to make them accountable to the same NRL rules by which players and officials must abide." The agents "insist on retaining the current system of self-regulation." A meeting at RL Central on Monday, "attended by only a handful of agents," ended with NRL COO Nick Weeks reiterating that the commitment to reform across the game was "widespread" and "insisting the strength of resolve" at NRL HQ is "very strong." One official said, "There's a smash-up coming. It's driven by the contest between our desire to fix a system of agent accreditation that is clearly broken and the will of agents to retain a system of self-regulation under which they remain unaccountable." Negotiations between Weeks and the agents over reform began early this year but "resulted in the agents combining to form their own union to fight it" (SMH, 10/15).
Leagues and Governing Bodies
Cycling New Zealand CEO Andrew Matheson was backed by CNZ's board to remain in his position, despite an independent review finding the sport's higher performance program culture was "dysfunctional" for a two-year period including the Rio Olympics. Lawyer Mike Heron released his report on Monday, finding that there were "instances of bullying in the programme," a "lack of accountability and effective leadership" and CNZ's response to issues "was ineffective and inadequate" (STUFF, 10/15).
Wider scrutiny on the "mushrooming" Twenty20 and T10 leagues around the world "will be the key issue" on the discussion table when the Int'l Cricket Council begins a series of meetings on Tuesday. The threat of corruption in the game has increased, with many ICC members "following the cash-rich" Indian Premier League by starting their own T20 leagues (PTI, 10/15).