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Some people think football is a matter of life or death... I can assure them it is much more important than that. Dissecting NFL, NRL, EPL from a coaching perspective.

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I feel the NRL aren’t too much into exploring. As their fan liaison person told me today, they are a ‘business’ and exploring costs money.

As somebody above mentioned, grading systems aren’t a new thing. But if somebody had the foresight to invest heavily and do it the right way, I have no doubt it would work.

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

Read the title of the article again. But thanks for the positive feedback!

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

Come on. You think local juniors are staying with their clubs under the current arrangement?

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

Mate, you couldn’t stop reading, could you? From Bondi?

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

Three clubs have played in over 80% of the last 20 NRL grand finals. Fact. I haven’t done the maths but it’s probably even higher.

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

I addressed that. Make contracts 2 years and stagger them. Half the contracts these days are broken early anyway.

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

You’re adding layers of complexity and talking about a team who’s been stripped of premierships under the current system.

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

That is in the hands of the mathematical geniuses. I said a well thought out system, I didn’t say I was coming up with it.

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

Come on Bangers, I told you to stop reading. You would think you could spell your uncle’s name right after 25 years.

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

You think the competition is close? Squads are comparable? Rep players are evenly spread? Marquee players consider all clubs? They have you fooled.

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

Guessing you support one of the 3 unnamed clubs. I thought I told you to stop reading hehe

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

I answered that in the article, would need to move to short-term player contracts. They never see them out anyway.

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

Clubs are a business in their own right, shouldn’t need a baby-sitter. Don’t know SBW so can’t confirm either way, he seems cosy with Uncle Nick though.

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

NRL audits don’t work, most clubs punished have self-reported, or had a disgruntled former staffer blow their whistle.

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

Independent panel comprised of statistical and rugby league experts. 100% no to Gus and Uncle Nick.

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

Sounds like you’re just adding more layers of complexity to me, sorry

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

Definitely a few valid chinks that you raise, but my argument is that it’s a better, simpler system than the current mess, which I stand by 100%

A common-sense salary cap solution the NRL will never adopt

Definitely agree that society isn’t as fun anymore. I don’t think the common bloke on the street can relate to a full-time pro athlete as they did in the days of Alfie, Spud, Chief, Blocker, Cement etc

NRL: The end of contracts, and of characters

Totally agree Shaun is a better player than Noddy and Matty were. So why doesn’t he have a nickname we all refer to him by? And why don’t so many other current stars? I believe fans and players don’t have the same connection they once did – not so long ago.

NRL: The end of contracts, and of characters

Todd Greenberg has been quoted as saying, “we want mums to let their kids play our game”, in response to rule changes. End point.

NFL: Streets ahead of the NRL

Thanks for the feedback. Take your point about the athletes. NFL positions are more highly specialised with power being more important than endurance. I appreciate both sets of athletes but the offensive players in the NFL blow my mind.

NFL: Streets ahead of the NRL

Thanks Fraser. I also watch the full games live or on replay if I’m at work. Like today’s game which I left work to watch live. I don’t think anybody who watched LA v Chiefs could argue that that there is a more entertaining sport than NFL when it plays out like that one!!

I still love rugby league, I just think the NRL is making a lot of unnecessary changes and not many productive changes.

NFL: Streets ahead of the NRL

Thanks for your feedback Randy. Agree the NFL has vastly more resources. That doesn’t mean other codes can’t learn from what they do well. NRL is far from perfect!

NFL: Streets ahead of the NRL

Very true. Making $700 return flights to LA appealing!

NFL: Streets ahead of the NRL

Thanks for your feedback Peeeko, although I don’t really understand the need for the aggressive tone. I guess we will have to agree to disagree on lots of my points.

My point about political correctness is the fact that the NRL seems intent on appealing to ‘soccer mums’ with the way the game is being sanitised (banning the punch after Gallen’s state of origin incident for example). While violence in society is bad I don’t think it’s up to the NRL to provide solutions to this problem. Plenty of sports involve violent actions and don’t claim to represent what should or shouldn’t happen in society.

NFL: Streets ahead of the NRL