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The NRL has taken various approaches to its administrative side of the game, whether it is expansion of the game, negotiating broadcast rights, player misbehaviour and misconduct and various other issues in the game. Issues that use to be decided among a string of members from separate boards, the Australian Rugby League (ARL), and News Ltd, will now be decided by a new Independent Commission.
Under the current structure, the game is governed 50/50 by its owners, News Ltd and the ARL. News is transferring its half-share of the game to the ARL, which is being restructured under a new constitution as the Australian Rugby League Commission, aligning the eight commissioners, the NSWRL, the QRL, CRL and the 16 NRL clubs as new members under one roof.
The introduction of the new Independent Commission was suppose to occur on November 1, possibly a little later, with a variety of issues still to be resolved between the stakeholders ARL, QRL, NSWRL and News Ltd.
So, how will the commission benefit Rugby League when resolving some of its major issues?
Firstly, it will negotiate the upcoming T.V broadcast rights, followed by expansion of the League, a rise in the salary cap, progression of grass roots footy and the rescheduling of rep games.
All of these areas are a major focus for the Commission, and if handled right, could lead Rugby League into a very successful future.