ARLC chairman John Grant is once again under fire.
A year after he survived a push to have him ousted from the role, SMH are reporting that a meeting of NRL chairmen next week will likely once again push for him to be removed.
The issue on this occasion stems from his fight for survival last time. In order to save his own skin, he reportedly agreed to fund the clubs $13 million each, regardless of the size of the salary cap. Now, a year on, the NRL have announced that due to cashflow problems, the clubs are likely to be around $1.5 million short next year.
According to the report, the issue is less about the money itself, but rather the claim that the NRL can’t afford it. The game brings in $500 million per year; honouring the funding commitment to the clubs would cost a total of $208 million per year. The clubs believe (and rightly so) that if the NRL is incapable of running the sport on a budget of $292 million per year, something’s gone horribly wrong.
Since then, NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has reportedly emailed the clubs to give a commitment that the NRL would endeavour to source the money that they supposedly didn’t have.
Assuming it was true in the first place that they don’t have the funds, then this would likely necessitate a loan of some description, essentially kicking the can down the road and making the game worse off in the long run.
And so we find ourselves here once again, with the NRL clubs agitating to have Grant removed.
Isn’t rugby league grand?