Demands

Here’s a question for the aficionados out there.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the NRL has indicated:

Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go.

Pretty big demand for an organisation that can’t manage its own money to demand that the NSW government spend the money of NSW tax payers to the benefit of the NRL.

With the state government on Saturday dumping plans for the $800 million redevelopment of ANZ Stadium as it deals with the financial fallout of the COVID-19 crisis, NRL powerbrokers are set to demand funds be redirected towards suburban venues as part of a push to regenerate tribalism in rugby league.

You really have to wonder how these people got the title powerbrokers.  Incompetents.  Profligates.  Spendthrifts perhaps.  But powerbrokers?

And to regenerate tribalism in rugby league.  How about these powerbrokers deliver a product that regenerates this so called tribalism.

Let’s just say for a second that the NSW government does build these stadiums.  What are the odd that the NRL will pay the full economic rent that the capital investment, maintenance and operating costs for stadiums requires?  Hmmm.  What are the odd of that?  Chances are non existent.

So what the NRL is really asking for is not stadiums but a subsidy.  A big fat tax payer subsidy to go towards effecting the usual thing that happens under a subsidy …. salaries that are higher than otherwise warranted under normal market conditions.

But here is a question TAFKAS does not know the answer to.  Do the NRL teams pay any tax?  Income tax would be a stretch given they can’t make any profit notwithstanding the huge television rights.  But what about payroll tax?  Similarly, do the AFL teams pay payroll tax?

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28 Responses to Demands

  1. NoFixedAddress

    But what about the Windmills?

    Wont anyone think of the environment?

  2. Lee

    I’ve always been fiercely opposed to any state or federal money going to the VFL/AFL, or for taxpayers’ money being spent on infrastructure primarily for the purposes of that body.
    The same applies to any top level professional sporting organisation in Australia.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    You really have to wonder how these people got the title powerbrokers.

    Then there’re the powerbrokers of Rugby Australia…

    One wonders what stadium RA could afford to stage a game in, now they have so few coins to rub together. And their players are taking off to richer pastures.

    NRL might keep an eye on the demise of RA, in the way Caesar had a slave in the back of the chariot saying ‘you’re mortal sonny boy’.

  4. Fred

    The NSW government should agree to build the stadiums on the condition that all players, coaches and administrators in the NRL can earn no more than $100,000 per year.

  5. Rex Anger

    Why not generate some cashflow first?

    I.E. Play some games?

    These people are allegedly promoters. Good promoters get among the people and encourage them to come watch their product. Not try to bludge taxpayer funds for substandard product, and resort to blackmail when the first approach fails.

    And if they cannot promote, then they need to be sacked, and leave the city and country district administrators to do their thing unmolested. I sometimes think the worst thing that ever happened to district sports (where all the talent is grown) was the onset of professionalisation and the influx of both government and sponsor money.

  6. Our constitution should proclaim the separation of sport and state.

  7. Squirrel

    “…..a push to regenerate tribalism in rugby league….”

    Tribalism is still alive and well, but if there are NRL officials who are hankering for the truly parochial tribalism of earlier days, they need to unwind a few decades of commercialisation of the sport, which has seen players become guns for hire – basically mercenaries in shorts.

  8. Rafe Champion

    Well I follow the game but I can’t afford to go to the grand final so they can play it any place they like with a decent surface and enough crowd effects to give it some atmosphere.

  9. duncanm

    Leagues clubs are flush with cash from pokies. Build your own stadiums instead of holiday resorts (Panthers. I’m talking to you)

  10. duncanm

    I’m looking forward to the collapse of commercial sport. It’s done nothing for grass roots sports participation. The opposite, if anything.

  11. yarpos

    They want smaller “boutique” grounds favouring lock outs vs empty grandstands? how aspirational
    They want to move the NRL GF away from the biggest market? yes that will drive tribalism wont it?
    Such is the brains trust at the NRL. Its a nothing code going nowhere, the NSW government will be insane to drop that much money on them.

  12. The BigBlueCat

    According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the NRL has indicated:

    Four new suburban stadiums or grand final will go.

    So, see you later ….

  13. Lutz

    What percentage of the population who we have to subsidise actually goes to these games?

  14. Stanley

    Our constitution should proclaim the separation of sport and state.

    Well, sort of does already….

    The Constitution of Australia prevents the Commonwealth from establishing any religion or requiring a religious test for any office:— Ch 5 § 116 The Commonwealth shall not make any law for establishing any religion, or for imposing any religious observance, or for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion, and no religious test shall be required as a qualification for any office or public trust under the Commonwealth

  15. Scott Osmond

    If a sports code can pay it’s players hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars per year it doesn’t need taxpayers dollars to build stadiums. Big sport and their rent seekers can’t die off quick enough. Sport was ment to be fun and exciting. Now you can’t put on the telly or radio to watch or listen to a game without being lectured by our supposed betters on everything from which hole to stick it in or whatever the latest propaganda agenda is.

  16. Petros

    After weeks of the lockdown they could only manage 1.3 million viewers in a country of 25 million. It’s not of interest to the vast majority of the population.

  17. PK

    Alls sport subsidy should be scrapped. Any number of good reasons.

  18. And considering the wall to wall ‘news’ coverage; the ‘news’ news includes the latest football moral outrage, then half the sports news is football.

  19. PK

    @Yarpos. Yes, but I bet they will.

  20. mem

    ‘After weeks of the lockdown they could only manage 1.3 million viewers in a country of 25 million. It’s not of interest to the vast majority of the population.’

    That’s a bigger audience than for pretty well any show on our ABC which is fully funded by the tax payer. I’d rather watch rugby because at least it doesn’t stink of ABC pc-ism.

  21. PK

    @ Forester. Did anyone notice that, during the ‘lockdown’ when there was no sports to commentate on, ABC Grandstand, Nine radio stations and even the BBC World Service all ran their regular sport shows making sure that these carbuncles remained on full pay despite the fact that they had no useful function.

  22. PK

    @ Mem. Get the peg off your nostrils. The stench is overwhelming.

  23. iamok

    I’d rather watch rugby because at least it doesn’t stink of ABC pc-ism.

    Yet. It’s a bit behind the AFLP.

  24. Hay Stockard

    Get Woke, Go Broke.
    Bring both Rugby codes back to mainstream Australia.
    Any organisation that had Beattie running it doesn’t deserve the steam off anyone’s water.

  25. wal1957

    Stuff ’em.

    With all the $$$ from broadcast rights they should be able to build and maintain their own bloody stadiums.
    I see no reason why the taxpayer should subsidise these overpaid , pampered ‘athletes’ arenas.

  26. a reader

    The ridiculous part is the local grounds are already pretty good:
    Kogarah & Wollongong (Dragons)
    Leichardt & Campbelltown (Tigers)
    Penrith (Panthers)
    Parramatta (Eels)
    Belmore (Bulldogs)
    Cronulla (Sharks)

    I left off Warringah (Sea Eagles) as I’m told it needs some work. Northern Beaches Council isn’t short of a quid…

  27. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    No way. The NSW government has wasted enough taxpayers’ money on unnecessary league stadium works – i.e. the SFS and the Olympic Stadium at Homebush, neither of which should been touched.

  28. Struth

    But for the bread and circuses theory the tribalizing sports would receive no funding.

    Rugby has been allowed back against all other supposed logic for continuing with social distancing for us other less mortals, precisely as it is the opium of the masses.
    The more Australians lulled into a drugged out stupor at this time is vital to them.
    Whether it be alcohol or sport that dulls our senses to the shafting we are getting from our socialist masters, matters not.

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