NRL Club CEOs have today given their support to the NRL’s Salary Cap review and will work with the NRL to finalise the terms of reference in coming weeks.
In recognising the value of the Cap to the competition since the formation of the NRL, the clubs saw the strategic review as an important part of the game’s future direction.
“The Salary Cap is one of those issues that is fundamental to the business of each club and it is important we are all involved in the review process,” Warriors Chief Executive, Mr Wayne Scurrah, said during a scheduled CEOs phone conference.
Rabbitohs CEO, Mr Shane Richardson, added: “It’s been a big part of the success of our game and we all need to be confident that we have the right mechanisms in place going forward.
“Ian Schubert has had to apply the rules as they stand and I don’t think anyone can have a problem with that, but we do need to ensure the rules reflect what is happening at club level and that they have adequate procedures to allow clubs to review and challenge rulings.”
The review will be finalised before the end of 2013 and in time to make changes for the 2014 season.
The NRL has also undertaken a detailed consultation process with Clubs to finalise 2014 club funding levels and will meet with the Club Council on July 30 before a further meeting of the ARL Commission the following day.
Clubs today also discussed the importance of working with broadcast partners to ensure the continued growth of television audiences.
“There are always going to be fluctuations based on the performance of one team or one region over another and we are certainly seeing some of that in 2013,” NRL General Manager, Marketing and Commercial, Mr Paul Kind said today.
“As mobile and on-line platforms also grow significantly we are working to understand the key drivers that affect the game’s television audience.”
The NRL will also finalise the scheduling of the remaining matches for 2013 tomorrow.