NRL must expand or die - DT article



  • NRL warns clubs there will be no more saving them from extinction

    Matt Logue, The Daily Telegraph
    June 26, 2017 9:00pm
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    KENT: Why the NRL must expand or die

    THE embattled Wests Tigers have emerged as the club most vulnerable to extinction, according to rugby league fans.

    In an exclusive The Daily Telegraph reader poll of more than 12,500 fans, a stunning 80 per cent believe at least one Sydney club should be culled.

    Almost 40 per cent of respondents believe the Tigers should be the club cut from the competition as fears grow that Sydney can no longer sustain nine teams.

    The NRL has already put struggling clubs on notice, warning there will be no more financial bailouts to save sides from extinction.

    South Sydney chairman Nick Pappas confirmed the NRL hadn’t discussed the hard-line stance of selectively culling one of the 16 teams itself, fearing a Rabbitohs-style backlash.

    Having been part of the legal battle to have the Rabbitohs reinstated into the competition in 2002 following a two-year absence, Pappas said rugby league couldn’t afford the pain that came with expelling a team.

    However, he concede the onus for long-term success and viability sat squarely on the shoulders of the clubs.

    “Any discussion (from the NRL) has always been premised on clubs failing of their own management,” Pappas said.


    Are the Tigers in danger of bowing out of the NRL? Photo: Mark Evans

    “But there has never been any discussion about any sort of execution like we saw with the Rabbitohs ever happening again. And I’d be very surprised if that sort of discourse ever arose again, given the traumas of the past.

    “But that doesn’t mean that clubs can’t fall over in time if they are poorly managed or they get into financial difficulty.

    “Clubs are business and business rise and fall over time. But there has been no talk from anyone at the NRL about some sort of imposed exclusion or removal from the competition.”

    Monday’s reader poll had the last-placed Tigers a clear leader at 37 per cent for which team should make way, more than double the next side, premiers Cronulla (14 per cent).

    It seems plenty of people want the Sharks to be moved on as well. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

    The Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters were next on 7 per cent, ahead of Canterbury (5 per cent).

    Only 20 per cent of fans said all nine Sydney clubs should remain.

    While the NRL has placed expansion on the backburner until at least 2022, there is a strong belief at League Headquarters that it needs to expand, with preference for a second Brisbane team followed by franchises in Perth, Adelaide and Central Queensland.

    However, the NRL still wants a 16-team competition, meaning cash-strapped clubs, if financially viable, could move to another location as was the case with the Sydney Swans (formerly South Melbourne) and the Brisbane Lions (Fitzroy) in the AFL.

    From next season, the NRL has committed $208 million going to the 16 clubs in the form of $13 million annual grants.

    The governing body strongly believes it cannot do any more for the clubs financially, which could lead them vulnerable to folding, being forced to relocate or merge.

    Already burdened with taking on the ownership of the Newcastle Knights and Gold Coast Titans, the NRL has also provided assistance packages in recent seasons for the Wests Tigers and St George Illawarra Dragons, the latter of which still hasn’t been repaid.

    In future, the NRL has said short-term financial assistance will be made available to clubs, but there will not be a fund to save them from extinction.

    Club bailouts have played a part in the NRL’s own financial issues. Last week The Daily Telegraph revealed the governing body had been forced to apply for a $30 million bank loan for club funding agreements, on top of already receiving a $50 million advance from Fox Sports to ease its cash flow problems.



  • Another week, another Telecrap article sinking the boot into us. This article has so many discrepancies I don’t know where to start. Absolute rubbish.



  • All that proves is out of all the Sydney clubs, WTs fans buy the DT the least, therefore we are the smartest.



  • The business based debate for expansion is pretty sound and has alot of credibility. It looks like the magic number of NRL Franchises should be 16 [maybe too high?] so the ARLC needs to formulate a plan to how this is going to happen.

    For too long the game has been held back based on emotion, and the free-ride of the gravy train. Time for change!



  • Time for Wests Tigers to squash that even if people have a dim view of the DT. It is largely viewed by the general NRL fan and whether it is accurate or not the perception can be just as damaging. Strong vocal response required - in my view - by the club pronto.



  • So (according to Buzz on 360 last night) the poll DT ran attracted 7000 responses.
    Over 80 % agreed that a team should be cut.
    Around 32% selected WT as the team to go.
    Agree completely that this should be implemented immediately on those figures Buzz.


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    The business based debate for expansion is pretty sound and has alot of credibility. It looks like the magic number of NRL Franchises should be 16 [maybe too high?] so the ARLC needs to formulate a plan to how this is going to happen.

    For too long the game has been held back based on emotion, and the free-ride of the gravy train. Time for change!

    I think you are thinking too small…holding the game back …it’s not a fans game anymore .it’s a TV/ digital Media Product…

    I reckon 20 is the Ideal number…Perth Reds, Adelaide Rams, South Queensland Banana Benders and PNG Headhunters should all be added…2 Conferences play each other twice …2 month knock out finals series…

    TV would love it…then 5 years in… off to the untapped markets China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia…then World Domination…



  • @:

    All that proves is out of all the Sydney clubs, WTs fans buy the DT the least, therefore we are the smartest.

    Or send Buzz the most hate mail.



  • Expand like ET said many years ago, walking down the streets of Beijing and being asked for a autograph

    Too many newspapers in Sydney……cull the telegraph



  • Don’t trouble yourselves with the article, it has little meaning other than plenty of fans want to cut a club that isn’t their own, and Tigers being the lowest tabled Sydney club makes for easy finger pointing. It would have been a different club every other year.

    The wider public does not understand that Balmain are in debt, and Balmain are not Wests Tigers. Wests Tigers are fine. Even that purple headed troll Buzz doesn’t use a single brain cell when equating Balmain and WT.

    I don’t see, after readmitting Souths, how you can cut another Sydney team. OK then if the NRL doesn’t bail teams out any more, but how can you cop loans to Newcastle and Gold Coast and then go after a Sydney side. Last time I checked, the last Sydney team to go insolvent was Newtown and in that time, Gold Coast have folded/rebranded 3 times.



  • @:

    So (according to Buzz on 360 last night) the poll DT ran attracted 7000 responses.
    Over 80 % agreed that a team should be cut.
    Around 32% selected WT as the team to go.
    Agree completely that this should be implemented immediately on those figures Buzz.

    how can anyone take the telegraph seriously. paper states 8800 voters, above online article 12500. and according to butt rotfield 7000.



  • The NRL competition has no chance of changing for the better.
    The commission is not neutral as we have seen so often since inception. Every time some of the bigger clubs think that they are losing something, or its not in their favour, a meeting gets called for changes to the constitution.

    Two original neutral commissioners have aready quit and this commission is definitely split down state lines anyway.

    Can you imagine the NRL doing what the AFL have done in forcing change that upsets the huge clubs like Collingwood, Carlton, Essendon and Hawthorn?

    WILL NOT happen. NRL is still run by the powerful few clubs.


  • Banned

    There should only be 4 Sydney teams. North, south, east and west.



  • Another day and another wt bashing article… Yawn



  • Why wasn’t this discussed when the sharks were struggling for money and never reached the finals. Timing is everything isn’t it buzz.


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