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Sport NRL coronavirus: Cracks beginning to form between NRL and RLPA over player payments

11:02  27 march  2020
11:02  27 march  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The ongoing saga regarding player payments in the NRL has been temporarily halted, after a meeting scheduled between the NRL and RLPA for Friday was postponed until Monday.

After meetings earlier in the week and reports surfacing that players were set to face an 87 per-cent pay cut, it was meant to come to a head on Friday at NRL headquarters.

However that was not the case, and that meeting will now take place after the weekend according to senior reporter Neil Breen.

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NRL players will have to "share" in the game's inevitable cost re-structure after its indefinite shutdown, according to the players union boss Clint Newton. The league on Monday suspended its season indefinitely following advice from its pandemic and biosecurity experts regarding the coronavirus .

"There was expected to be a big meeting today between the NRL executives, the 16 CEOs of the clubs and the RLPA over a big phone hook-up," he told Nine News.

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"That's been put off until Monday, so today has been a day of phone calls and a lot of haggling between the CEOs and player's association wanting to get their positions straight before Monday.

"Next week, the money from the broadcasters was due for the June quarter but that won't be forthcoming, and all the revenue streams for the NRL are pretty-well cut off."

After some developments in the past 24 hours, the word is now that the RLPA are re-evaluating their stance after originally releasing a statement saying they were 'united' with the NRL.

The re-evaluation comes from players unsure what sort of pay cut the NRL bosses - namely Todd Greenberg - would be taking during the crisis.

"It's been a united front between the players and the NRL since the game was called off on Monday when the game was called off leaving the players and everybody who works in rugby league in limbo," Breen said.

"Overnight there was an RLPA board meeting, and at that meeting the players were very accepting of the fact that a hefty pay cut was on the way.

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"But the question they are asking, if they are going to take one what is Todd Greenberg going to take by way of a pay cut? What are his fellow executives going to take?

"That question about Todd Greenberg's pay cut won't go away today from among the players."

It is in fairness a fair enough question for the players to be asking at a time like this, and all reports indicate that the players are fully understanding of what is about to happen.

Manly Sea Eagles forward Joel Thompson spoke to Nine News about friends and family who have lost jobs, and how he knows the NRL players are going to be losing money as well.

"I've got friends and family that have lost their jobs...there are people throughout the community that don't have any work," he said.

"We're going to take 87-90% or whatever per-cent it is pay cuts, and that's the reality of it.

"I just hope that we will come through it, and make sure we have each other."

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