ARLC chairman Peter V’landys and NRL CEO Andrew Abdo held a conference call with the 16 club chairs and chief executives on Thursday, where expansion and the game’s finances were the hot topics. The governing body revealed a profit of $50 million for the financial year, a figure that would have been $81 million had it not been for COVID-19 costs over the course of the league financial year.
Just another example of the $trength of the round ball game at its highest level.Just to trivialise any ethical questions about the NRL's pending decision to introduce another league's club dependent team into the comp, the Saudi Crown Prince has just purchased Newcastle United
The sheer depravity has reached new levels when a regime headed by a man that is directly implicated in the the luring, killing and dismembering of a journalist because he was critical of him can buy into the EPL.
Even putting aside just how bad the Saudi regime is, imagine if they are successful at elevating NU into perennially fighting for a top 4 spot? Essentially you would have the only three historically middling clubs that have managed to join the big boys this century having done so due to the money of kleptocrats. What does that say?
Yes very similar.
Yes very similar.
Speaking to The Age, Demons chief executive Gary Pert revealed the club sold $2.7 million worth of merchandise across the past month, including 10,000 'road to the Grand Final' t-shirts.
Despite being unable to source further blue t-shirts as well, Melbourne were able to sell $1.2 million worth of merchandise in the days that followed their memorable win on the weekend.
Also being yet to release premiership branded merchandise to their faithful, Melbourne have still amassed a staggering increase in demand that will likely see them become one of the more profitable clubs among these trying years.
“We have done three years of merchandise in a month before the grand final. That is without considering family days you would normally have in Melbourne after a grand final,” Pert told The Age.
“Those sort of numbers for a club like Melbourne are just extraordinary.”
How does he get away with this?Because the AFL is a home-grown game, it caters for all social classes with no inherent divide, which makes it easier to rule. When the NSW Government announced plans to build two new Sydney stadiums, an outcry followed. The Victorian Government basically gifted the AFL a stadium at Docklands without a murmur.
The NRL’s fortification of Queensland is akin to Trump’s wall, while the AFL’s $200m investment in GWS and the Suns resembles the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative.www.smh.com.au
Yep, agreed. I can see them going a couple of years before we see the 18th team. Then again, I didn't think we'd see this team anytime soon either, so you never know.You'd think numerical imbalance would create sufficient impetus for "team 18". At the same time it's not clear that it's a monty to happen given the NRL's weakness in the face of the broadcasters and clubs