Souths-led revolt hurting the game
THE NRL recently drew up new media guidelines for the 16 clubs. To keep fans informed and increase exposure for sponsors, every club had to ensure that all players would be available to the media once a fortnight.
It was a great initiative, negotiated by former Warriors and NRL heavyweight Jim Doyle, to ensure the fans can hear from all players.
At the last minute, a handful of Sydney clubs led by South Sydney, the Dragons and Bulldogs demanded the NRL drop the 17-man sessions. It’s the sort of short-sighted thinking that has held back the game while other sports do anything for more coverage.
The revolt has been led by Souths, whose new coach Wayne Bennett has a frosty relationship with the media.
Paul Gallen on Friday.