“We’ve been in dialogue with our broadcast partners. They’ve been great to date,” he said. “Naturally they’re shattered just like we are as to what happened today. We will sit down with them in the next two days and go through all our options.
“They are looking at options where the financial impact is not as bad as what we could expect. But until we sit down with them it’s too premature to say what could happen.”
The NRL salary cap, which sits at $9.8m per club this year and is scheduled to rise to $9.9m for the 2021 season, will be reassessed to confront the crisis, meaning pay cuts for players and executives are inevitable as the game comes to grips with its new reality.
“The cost base will need to be reset,” NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said. “And that cost base is across the entire sport – players, clubs, central administration, everyone has a role to play in resetting the cost base.