CEOs back salary cap pro­posal

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MATT LOGUE

CLUB chair­men and CEOs have backed the NRL’s pro­posed salary cap on football depart­ment spend­ing, but want to see a fi­nal plan be­fore agree­ing.

In what is be­ing hailed as the great­est equal­i­sa­tion mea­sure since the cap for player pay­ments was in­tro­duced in 1990, power­bro­kers want to rat­ify a sim­i­lar sys­tem for club staff.

The new footy cap will fo­cus on the amount of club spend­ing out­side of the player salary cap and is set to in­clude the salaries of ev­ery football staff mem­ber.

The NRL and a four- man work­ing panel will for­malise rec­om­men­da­tions this week, paving the way for chief ex­ec­u­tive Todd Green­berg to take the new cap guide­lines to a meet­ing of club bosses next month.

The cap is ex­pected to be­tween $ 6 mil­lion and mil­lion.

Cronulla CEO Lyall Gor­man sup­ports the cap for football depart­ment spend­ing, but wants to see its fi­nal struc­ture be­fore com­mit­ting.

“We like the idea, but we’d need a better un­der­stand­ing of the cap’s rules be­fore we lock arms and to­tally em­brace it,” Gor­man said.

“We’d be in­ter­ested in see­ing any fi­nal draft be­fore it was for­mally rat­i­fied and im­ple­mented, be­cause I don’t feel that we’ve got quite enough in­for­ma­tion to be part of the rat­i­fi­ca­tion process.

“Some of the de­bate has been about what falls out­side and inside the soft cap and when that is clearer you’ll have a far better mea­sure­ment.”

Par­ra­matta CEO Bernie Gurr would like to see the pro­posed sys­tem sim­pli­fied.

“You don’t want to cre­ate such an em­pire that the ac­tual au­dit­ing and check­ing of all the num­bers be­comes a night­mare for all the clubs and the NRL,” Gurr said. sit $ 7

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