@TigerTiger said in NRL calls on fans to voice their opinion:
Greenburg’s actions over the last few years demonstrate how deeply impartial financial interests have embedded themselves in the game. (Maybe they were always there?) I don’t think they want to make the game more fair and balanced, I can’t recall one single action they have undertaken over the last few years towards that end.
I assume you mean biased - impartial means equal/fair?
Yes there have always been biased financial interests in Rugby League and there always will be. There are in every sport; I would argue it’s the true core of what sport is about, to defeat your rivals and reign supreme.
Those forces within rugby league are nothing compared to EPL or NFL, where multi-billionaires write cheques like taking breath and the gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” is wider than the Grand Canyon.
I expect Greenberg would be trying to balance those biased forces as much as possible, and I expect in many respects he has limited power to actually do anything. For example, do you really go after Nick Politis if you think he’s cooking the books? Because Politis certainly brings heavy finance to the NRL and if you curtail him maybe you hurt the rugby league overall. I expect the NRL probably has little to no proof about anything the Roosters are doing, and I also expect that they don’t enjoy the code-wide speculation that Roosters are cheating scum.
Or maybe Greenberg truly is a crook. Personally I think he’s just unpopular, has an unfortunately sour face, with a political manner that gets people offside. There’s a lack of genuineness about him that does not resonate with League fans.
Like I said earlier, Ken Arthurson was a one-eyed Manly stalwart that ruled the NSWRL for a long period at his own discretion, then lead the ARL into a horrendous war with News Ltd (rightly or wrongly). He oversaw a number of rapidly failing expansions and could not negotiate anything like a competitive TV deal during his tenure. But Arko was also a League man through and through, and like him or loathe him, he appeared to be genuinely passionate about the success of rugby league. Greenberg lacks that common-folk appeal.
Biased financial interests.
Got evidence to support this? Genuinely intrigued.