NRL players union director Jeremy Latimore believes it’s time to follow the NBA and start publishing players’ incomes as part of a more transparent salary cap system.
Latimore’s suggestion comes as the governing body and the Rugby League Players Association are set to begin discussions on overhauling third-party arrangements in the game.
It also comes as the NRL season threatens to be overshadowed by the salary cap saga at Manly, who have yet to respond to the NRL breach notice from last December.
It is believed the Sea Eagles’ dramas stem from illegal TPA deals - the same systematic problems that resulted in Parramatta being stripped of 12 competition points and a $1-million fine in 2016.
While the majority of NRL players are adamant their personal financial details should remain private, Latimore insists the constant conjecture must be replaced by more clarity.
“In a lot of sports, American sports and European soccer for example, generally their salaries are known,” Latimore told AAP.
“I don’t think many players would have an issue with it. If that’s going to help fans, the clubs and the NRL, if people know what people are earning then so be it.”
“The media speculate it anyway on the big players. I know I’ve got no issue. People can know what I’m on - it’s not much.”
Latimore’s push follows a similar call from Parramatta chief executive Bernie Gurr, who in December also renewed calls for a limit on the amount of third-party sponsors.
Latimore, who has a bachelor of business degree, disagreed.
“Players have a small window to earn money they do so if they can get these third parties, they should be able to get as many and as much as they can,” he said.
“You want the best players in our game. You don’t want them going to England or rugby union”.