How bad governance is holding rugby league back

Davies, Chris (2011) How bad governance is holding rugby league back. The Conversation, 2011. pp. 1-3.

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Abstract

[Extract] The move to establish an independent commission to run rugby league is a long overdue acknowledgement that strong corporate governance is essential in the small but intensely competitive Australian market.

For too long, Australia's rugby league competition has been held back by a complicated and inefficient system of governance, allowing its independently-governed rival code AFL to gain a significant foothold over it.

Rugby league began in Australia in 1908 as a breakaway code from amateur rugby union. With the exception of the Melbourne Storm, the competition has never really expanded from rugby union’s original two states, New South Wales and Queensland.

While this allowed the sport to develop its main drawcard, the annual State of Origin series, it also created problems in the governance of the sport, with state-based interests, rather than the best interests of the sport, often driving decisions

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Item Type: Article (Commentary)
Keywords: sports law, rugby league
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