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The National Rugby League, its officers and related entities have brought the game of Rugby League into disrepute. The people in charge have shown inconsistency in the way they manage their organisation, from a biased and illegitimate judiciary, to letting some coaches incite violence whilst fining others who criticise them.
The organisation has failed to protect the basic tenets of the game, refuse to ensure the public have access to the game via free to air television, despite contracts that are enforceable.
The incompetence of those in charge in every respect would have resulted in change at the highest level. Instead, the controlling organisations are happy with a competition where cannibalism of other clubs goes unfettered and without response.
After the Corporate scandals of recent time, the "creative accountants" have hit our beloved game of Rugby League. So who is to blame? The players? The Board? The Administration? Who will suffer from this disaster? Any hint of banishment from the comp, plain & simply turns the issue into a ring circus, where the players are the main attraction - the performing Scape Goats.
The NRL needs to take a good look at this very grey area. There is no question that punishment is granted. But there are harsh ramifications associated with any punishment involving the heart of the game - namely the players & supporters.
We all know that the game of Rugby League has experienced a lot of turbulence, especially over the past few years. We now have a new scale of scandal. The corporate collapses of OneTel & HIH here in Australia as well as unprecedented collapses overseas such as Enron & WorldCom voiced well-publicised public concern for the employees of each organisation, & well-deserved condemnation for all accountable parties involved. ANY hint that any of the companies could be bought out & "rescued" in order to save the employees was unanimously welcomed. The NRL & Rugby League public alike need to be consistent with this protocol & belief. The bulldog players are the "employees" here. Why should they suffer due to mismanagement? Same game, different players.
We need to unite as one to do what's best for the game. Banishment to the bottom of the table will prove one thing: that the NRL doesn't want to resolve the problem; they just want to make a "statement".