Cricket Australia must declare

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    High-level negotiations are often ugly and bitter affairs, and the current stand-off between Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) is no different.

    Let’s get to the core of the matter. The players have a revenue-sharing agreement under the current memorandum of understanding and CA wants to take that model away.

    Nothing else really matters. The players have something and they are being asked now to give it up.

    CA have tried all summer to convince the players and the public that times have changed and the revenue-sharing model must change with it. We have seen press releases over these negotiations highlighting a better deal for women cricketers and pay rises across the board under this new offer.

    What it doesn’t highlight is that CA are trying to take away a model which the players fought very hard for in the 1990s.

    The current playing group and the ACA does not want to be the generation that discards this model and takes away the stake that all Australian cricketers currently have in the game.

    Steve Smith, David Warner and the ACA do not want to leave a tainted legacy to all future Australian cricketers. Can you blame them?

    It is time for CA to concede that they have tried and failed to change the model. Continuing this hardball negotiation is not doing any good – headlines of strikes and a possible 5-0 Ashes defeat are damaging.

    CA CEO James Sutherland has not handled this negotiation well, culminating in a threatening email he sent to the players over the weekend. He must be damaging his ongoing and future relationships with the players. It is time to stop the bleeding.

    The revenue-sharing matter must be declared closed, with the focus shifting to the percentages at stake within the model. They gave the model to the players and they are deluded to think the players would give it up.

    Declare now, Cricket Australia.

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    The Crowd Says (9)

    • May 16th 2017 @ 1:15pm
      Harvey said | May 16th 2017 @ 1:15pm | ! Report

      I disagree, these players get paid a heap of money already, they are just crying poor. If they wont play, put a call out to the shield players and get them in. Australia’s A team is still a good side.

      • May 16th 2017 @ 1:56pm
        BrainsTrust said | May 16th 2017 @ 1:56pm | ! Report

        I would think the situation is actually the reverse the shield players are calling on the international players not to take the money and leave them in the lurch.

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        May 16th 2017 @ 2:22pm
        Simon said | May 16th 2017 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

        You’ve missed the point entirely, Harvey. The players want to sustain the current revenue sharing model – which is essentially – a model that distributes all cricket revenue to all levels of domestic first class cricket. Meaning fringe first class cricketers are paid a decent wage. If anything, the likes of Warner and Starc are likely to earn less money by keeping the current model — the very model the players are fighting for.

    • May 16th 2017 @ 6:10pm
      Tony H said | May 16th 2017 @ 6:10pm | ! Report

      Nope. That’s twaddle. Just because players have something, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be taken away, or more accurately changed.

      The players have money. LOTS of money. They earn a bucket-load not just for playing for Australia, but for playing around the world. For Starc, Warner and co to come out like self-entitled brats and say they’ll strike if they don’t get what they want, is a travesty. Drive your Lambo’s off somewhere else children, and play the game of cricket.

      David Warner’s car is worth more than Allan Border earned in his entire playing career. Don’t pretend that you’re hard done by mate.

    • May 17th 2017 @ 12:18am
      FrozenNorth said | May 17th 2017 @ 12:18am | ! Report

      I agree with the sentiment that they are all paid plenty, BUT, just as with Rugby league, the ability of the governing body to absolutely piss away money of utter idiocy and over administration is astounding so it may as well go to the players TBH.

    • May 17th 2017 @ 10:35am
      saul said | May 17th 2017 @ 10:35am | ! Report

      Warner shouldn’t be playing in the test side so it would be great if he wasn’t in the ashes team.

      • May 17th 2017 @ 12:54pm
        Timmuh said | May 17th 2017 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

        He’s a monster at home, whether he should go to Bangladesh is another story. Probably, due to the lack of alternatives; not on his form on slow, low tracks.
        I stll can’t help thinking CA might want to drag this out so they cancel the Bangldesh tour anyway. Money over sport.

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      May 17th 2017 @ 4:38pm
      Julian King said | May 17th 2017 @ 4:38pm | ! Report

      A player’s strike will garner little public sympathy, but principally they are right. If future revenue is only 20% locked down, revenue sharing makes more sense. The new CA model underplays the importance of state cricket fostering international players. No one is born as such.

    • May 18th 2017 @ 6:14am
      qwetzen said | May 18th 2017 @ 6:14am | ! Report

      As usual, Gideon Haigh nails it.

      https://tinyurl.com/knmvxvw

      Thought provoking comment in there posing that cricket players are better behaved than other sports because the revenue sharing model makes them feel more responsible.

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