Wildcard weekend on the cards as NRL’s biggest names map out game’s future under Wayne Pearce in the season innovation committee

NRL chief commercial officer Andrew Abdo, who will join Pearce on the committee, has been working around the clock with broadcast partners around multiple potential schedules that run from June, right through to a September start. Phil Gould and Wayne Bennett could be called on to the NRL’s new football innovation committee entrusted with mapping out the 2020 season. The NRL told its clubs on Monday that it was working out plans for a 20-week competition window, allowing teams to play each other at least once. With two rounds already…

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AFL will emerge from shutdown with 18 clubs, says Gillon McLachlan

“That’s our commitment over the next four, six, eight, 10 months, whatever it looks like, that we will have the same structure at the elite level. “There’s a whole lot of speculation going on about that and I’m not going to add to speculation,” McLachlan said when asked if mergers or relocations could take place in the long run. “It’s not something I’ve thought about or buying into. “Right now our task is to preserve our revenue streams, cut costs, raise liquidity, have a focus on the other side [of…

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AFL and club staff eligible for government bailout money

Club and AFL staff who have been stood down without pay would receive $1500 per fortnight, those whose pay had been cut drastically could have their pay topped up to that amount. The income support news comes as the AFL just secured a line of credit of about $600 million from the NAB and the ANZ banks to keep the competition and the clubs afloat after the season was shut down due to COVID 19. For a company to be able to receive the benefit, they must show a 30…

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HQ’s finances have been clear for months, if clubs had bothered to check

There is always devil in the detail, which can be interpreted to suit agendas. For example, the numbers in the statutory accounts in the NRL annual report are higher because they include broadcast contra, but this was not included in the plan numbers. However, given the turnover of CEOs at NRL clubs, with only half of them in the same job from five years ago, it’s not surprising few have bothered to interpret how much RL Central spends, even apart from considerations about raising their own club revenue. (NRL clubs…

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RLPA boss Clint Newton on players 46 per cent pay cut

After a long week of different facts and figures about what players will receive, Newton confirmed the figure would be a 46 per cent pay cut for the year, and provided there was not another game of NRL played. RLPA boss Clint Newton.Credit:Getty The players have already received their first five months of pay, and will receive a further two months for the remaining seven. The top earners, including Daly Cherry-Evans and Ben Hunt who will lose north of $500,000, will feel as much pain as those on the minimum…

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‘Stunning’ move as AFL club bosses join ranks

He told The Age that the 18 senior club figures had taken a collegiate approach to ensure their survival. “The best thing that’s come out of this entire situation is the way the CEOs and the AFL have banded together. It’s been stunning,’’ Evans said yesterday. “It’s been completely the opposite to how it would usually be. Where you would protect the absolute intricacies of your program … this has been the complete opposite.” Reigning premiership CEO Brendon Gale will work alongside former colleague and now Carlton boss Cain Liddle…

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Real Footy podcast: AFL shutdown episode

Three flags over five years; premiers in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Geelong’s haul was an impressive one. But did the Cats reach their full potential? This week on the Real Footy podcast, Jimmy Bartel joins Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson to talk about his brilliant AFL career, including the three premierships that Bartel believes got away. We get the inside word on Mark Thompson’s very brief instructions at quarter-time of the 2009 grand final that changed a game, and find out about the hardest game of football Bartel…

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Former big league corporate planner John Hennessy believes the unsustainable AFL has to plan for the ‘new normal’ and look ahead to 2100

“Each year for the last 50 years, there have always been several clubs – not always the same clubs – in financial difficulties. Their annual expenditure has significantly exceeded their income. “This is generally bad business management. But clubs chasing a flag or trying to keep up with the big clubs do silly things. Needs must.” In the 1970s, the $1 million Kerry Packer paid to stage World Series Cricket matches at VFL Park would be the salvation of poor clubs. “It was gone in a flash,” said Hennessy. Loading…

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Torquay Tiger Vlastuin keen to prowl again

Vlastuin is a keen surfer and he has been trying to get in the water to keep his fitness up but even that is proving difficult. The disregard of physical-distancing rules, with thousands laying on towels on top of one another at beaches, saw the car parks at his favourite surf spot at Point Addis closed. So he can barely get to the beach now, let alone get a wave. He doesn’t have weights or a gym at Torquay so he is stuck improvising with building materials in the backyard…

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SANFL’s Port Adelaide Magpies could fall victim to coronavirus

“We are committed to it in the SANFL, but we’ll have to wait and see. “The reality is we have to see where this lands, I don’t know how the SANFL is planning to move through it. “It’s too early in the conversation to fully understand what’s going to happen to football in general. Loading “There are going to be a lot of structural conversations in the next few months.” As with all AFL clubs, Port Adelaide was forced to stand down about 80 per cent of its staff last…

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