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Sport NRL coronavirus: CEO Todd Greenberg agrees to take same pay-cut as players

17:28  01 april  2020
17:28  01 april  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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In what is being described as a 'show of solidarity', NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has announced he will take the exact same pay-cut as all the players in the competition are taking.

Earlier in the week, reports surfaced that Greenberg and fellow executives would only be taking a 25% pay-cut while the players were set to forego 72% of their pay.

But after comments made by Wests Tigers centre Joey Leilua on Wednesday evening, Greenberg announced via an NRL statement that he would join in whatever the players were sacrificing financially.

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"I want to acknowledge the players for their co-operative and collaborative approach to these discussions," he said. 

“As I have said from the beginning, we are in this together and so in the spirit of our partnership, I have offered to take the same salary deal as the players.

"To me, it is the best and most sincere way of reflecting my appreciation of the way these discussions have been handled."

In the statement, it was also said that the NRL and RLPA were negotiating an amendment to the players' retirement fund after reports surfaced earlier in the week of it being underpaid in recent years.

RLPA boss Clint Newton will take the NRL proposal back to the players and an agreement on player wages is hopefully going to be resolved by the end of the week.

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Plans to decide NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg 's future on Thursday have been scrapped in order to focus on rugby league 's response to the coronavirus crisis. The Australian Rugby League Commission was scheduled to meet on March 19 to make a call on Greenberg 's tenure.

The interesting part about Greenberg taking a huge pay-cut is the fact that he is still in fact working - and probably doing a lot more hours than he normally would as the COVID-19 crisis rages on. 

Manly back-rower Joel Thomspon said earlier on Fox League Live on Foxtel that those in charge of the game are doing a terrific job trying to salvage what is a tough situaition.

"They are still working - when we’re at home doing our little workouts, we’re not actually on the field and for us to get paid in full we need to be out there playing games," he said.

"They are probably in there doing 12-14 hour days, who knows what they are doing. I sit on the board of the RLPA, and I know what those guys are doing and the people we have involved are working extremely hard.

"Peter V’landys and that are doing their job, I’ve got trust in him and the RLPA…there are a lot of hours working out the best solution to move forward."

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