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Gallop resigns but who is Shane Mattiske?

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    NRL General Manager of Strategy Shane Mattiske will become the NRL’s new interim CEO after the shock resignation of former boss David Gallop today. Does he have the experience necessary to handle one of Australian sports most challenging positions?

    Mattiske appears to have the qualifications to assume the mantle as NRL CEO.

    It is understood Mattiske played a key role in the decision making process which allowed the Gold Coast Titans to become the NRL’s 16th team back in 2007.

    Mattiske also played an important role securing the NRL media rights for internet and mobile phone technologies.

    This experience will no doubt aid Mattiske as he aims to negotiate the NRL’s upcoming TV rights deal.

    With Channel Nine, Ten and Fox Sports currently bidding for the 2013-17 NRL broadcast rights, Mattiske will be charged with delivering the $1 billion TV rights deal they are hoping to negotiate.

    Gallop’s decision to resign from his post just months after signing a four year contract extension showcases the amount of pressure Mattiske will be under from the get go.

    Gallop held the NRL CEO position for ten years and was contracted until 2016, but the impending negotiation of the NRL’s TV rights deal as well as a need for change demanded by the ARL Commission appears to have taken it’s toll.

    The way Gallop handled the 2010 Melbourne Storm Salary Cap scandal also left a lot to be desired among journalists, fans and footballers alike.

    With Mattiske now taking charge, the question on everyone’s lips revolves around whether or not he will succeed in his new post.

    His credentials will certainly be put under the spotlight soon enough, and if he manages to secure a $1 billion NRL TV rights deal for next season, he will go a long way to establishing himself as the right man to assume mantle as the NRL’s next CEO.

    Alan Nicolea
    Alan Nicolea

    Alan is one of The Roar's longest serving live bloggers, covering football, tennis and rugby league.

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    • June 5th 2012 @ 3:21pm
      Jaceman said | June 5th 2012 @ 3:21pm | ! Report

      Surely they will get someone outside RL??

    • June 5th 2012 @ 3:27pm
      Ryano said | June 5th 2012 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

      Was Gallop sacked because they realized they were not going to get anywhere near the AFL for TV rights?

      • June 5th 2012 @ 3:36pm
        Ian Whitchurch said | June 5th 2012 @ 3:36pm | ! Report


        If thats true, it doesnt make sense either, as then you’d then be looking to sack his replacement as well.

      • June 5th 2012 @ 4:16pm
        Patrick Angel said | June 5th 2012 @ 4:16pm | ! Report

        They were pretty bullish in talking up the rights during the presser.

        • June 7th 2012 @ 1:40am
          amazonfan said | June 7th 2012 @ 1:40am | ! Report

          As they should be. Any organization attempting to market its product, should talk up the product, regardless of whether they end up getting as much for the product as they had hoped. If Gallop wasn’t bullish in talking up the rights, that might have impacted how much they get for the rights. As such, he might not have had a job beyond the selling of the rights (if he hadn’t resigned now).

    • June 5th 2012 @ 3:44pm
      Pot Stirrer said | June 5th 2012 @ 3:44pm | ! Report

      I thought there was a clause in his contract when he took the job that he will get a pretty nice pay out.

    • June 6th 2012 @ 7:43am
      Fccnfiasco said | June 6th 2012 @ 7:43am | ! Report

      So he signs on for another 4 years and then quits a few months later. ftw. Tin foil hat conspirators unite!!

    • June 6th 2012 @ 9:11am
      Johnny boy said | June 6th 2012 @ 9:11am | ! Report

      Give the broardcasting right to channel nine! Think about
      People who can’t afford foxtel. If you want more people
      To like the wonderful sport of nrl give the rights to a free to air network!!! And it should stay with nine network!

    • June 6th 2012 @ 2:20pm
      Australian Rules said | June 6th 2012 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

      Oh…I looked at the heading and presumed the article was actually going to tell us something about Shane Mattiske.

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