New ARLC and ARLC Chairman

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  1. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    New ARLC chairman Peter Beattie talks NRL expansion, crowds, ratings and junior league

    PHIL ROTHFIELD, The Daily Telegraph
    January 30, 2018 8:57am

    For years the NRL administration has been accused of lacking vision.

    Bogged down with the same tired old ideas and no strategic planning for the future.

    The soon-to-be-appointed new independent commission chairman, former QLD Premier Peter Beattie, has bold ideas to grow the game.

    He spoke exclusively to sports Editor-at-Large Phil Rothfield yesterday about his vision for the NRL and plans for expansion.

    Buzz: So are you ready to step in for John Grant as chairman?

    I am only interested in taking the role if I have the support of the clubs and all stakeholders.

    The constitution says I only need the support of the other independent commissioners but I want to make this work.

    So I will be asking for a vote of the entire commission including the club and state nominees … and I will only take the job if they all want me there.

    There is no point having a Chair the clubs don’t want. We want unity and cohesion.

    Look, I want to stake my future in the game on this. We can’t have the clubs and head office at loggerheads.

    We are only going to make this game even better if we work together.

    Some might say I am dreaming if I think that will work but I am going to give it a red hot go. If we’re having barnies we’re only undermining the game.

    Buzz: Let’s get you thoughts on some issues starting with expansion.

    Expansion has to be on the table. The game can’t be complacent. We have to grow. If we stagnate we die. And that is why I want to see it back on the table. It’s time.

    We need to be strategic about it and think long term.

    There is so much other entertainment and other sports people are interested in. We can’t sit on our bums. The quality of the game is great but we’ve got to ensure it has a future.

    That’s why expansion is so important.

    Buzz: So what areas?

    Now this is my personal view. We need to look at where we’re going. We’re putting a big emphasis on Perth this year with the season opener.

    By the time the next TV deal comes around at 2022, we’ve got to have a product to have an attractive package for the networks. Are we going to have another QLD team? Or is it PNG? Is it Perth or country NSW?

    The new State cups will provide an opportunity for everyone to demonstrate they deserve a place in the NRL. Not just through their on-field performance but the way they run their club and their business.

    I can’t wait to see teams like Perth, Fiji, New Zealand, PNG, Country NSW and other cities in action, week after week in State Cup matches. Even Ipswich or Redcliffe. We’ve got to give them all a signal that we’re looking at expansion.

    This broadcast cycle will give us the opportunity to see how serious they are about becoming part of the NRL. And, if one or two of them demonstrate they will benefit the NRL, can we look at including them in the next cycle?

    Buzz: What are your thoughts on the decline in crowds and TV ratings.

    This is a tough one … there is hardly a sport in Australia which isn’t struggling to maintain crowds and TV ratings because our world is changing so much.

    When we did the tickets for the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, we targeted families.

    We knew we’d sell more if we charged less. Mum and dad and two kids could go to an athletics event for $60.

    We sold a million tickets, which is a lot more than if we’d had higher prices and gouged people.

    And we have exceeded our revenue targets.

    It shows if you’ve got a quality event and you charge a fair price, people will come.

    Crowds have been steady for a decade or more … up one or two per cent then down one or two per cent depending on the weather, which teams are going well and a range of other factors.

    But we have to try to break that cycle.

    The new stadiums will be a game changer. For the first time in decades, especially in Sydney, fans will have brilliant facilities, served by fast, efficient transport. Women won’t have to queue to use the toilet. Guys can get a beer easily. That’s what it’s about.

    Buzz: And TV ratings. They’ve been in decline, too.

    I think we will change the way we measure viewers as more people use their computers and phones to watch matches — and that’s why our investment in a world-class digital system is so important.

    Buzz: And food prices. Fans don’t like being ripped off.

    You make sure people get good food and they don’t get attacked by a bushranger with a hand in your pocket. I understand it’s a big issue and we’d all like to see it become more affordable to spend at day at the footy. The truth is you can usually get a family ticket for four for about $50. That’s pretty good. Cheaper than the movies. And I think the venues are trying to drive down food prices.

    Buzz: Not everyone likes big stadiums that lack atmosphere. What about suburban grounds. The tribal homes of the game.

    I think the Government has got it right. Parramatta stadium is going to be a real hit. Near the station, the shops, the restaurants and bars … what a great day out that will be.

    We need a world-class stadium in the city and, of course, there has to be a marquee stadium for the Grand Final, Origin and other major events.

    Naturally, we would all like to see the suburban stadiums upgraded as well. But we’ve done pretty well. I don’t want to sound greedy here.

    At the end of the day the suburban grounds have to be updated too. We want to keep them. The challenge is trying to fund it. Families want to go to venues near where they live.

    If the game grows and expands then you’ve got the opportunity to put the wood on people for money for things like that.

    Nothing beats Leichhardt Oval on a Sunday afternoon. And as a new resident of Balmain, I will be joining them this year.

    Buzz: But aren’t you a Broncos fan?

    Ha! I’ve got to be neutral now I am on the Commission, don’t I? Look, I have been a Queenslander all my life and have nothing but love for the State. I’ve spent most of my life in Brisbane but now I am living in Balmain. So maybe I should be supporting the Wests Tigers.

    Buzz: The game is broke. Where can we cut costs?

    Well, firstly, the game is not broke. We’ve done a record broadcasting deal and we have taken the opportunity to use that windfall to make our clubs and players more financially secure than ever before.

    So I am more interested in generating more revenue than cutting costs. This game has so much potential.

    So I want to look at how we schedule and run events like the Nines and the women’s game to generate more funds for the game. We’ve only scratched the surface in those areas.

    Buzz: Off field behaviour and scandals have been a big issue.

    I actually want to congratulate the players for the way they have conducted themselves in the current off-season.

    I know there can be an incident at any time … but this has probably been the best off-season on record. I am not aware of any major incidents involving our players. So we should give them credit for that.

    The truth is, of course, that our players are like any other group of 20-35-year-olds in the community. Most will never get into trouble. A couple will go off the rails from time to time.

    Our players really pay a huge penalty when that happens. Not only do they have to deal with the issue legally, but they are named and shamed publicly and often get stood down from their career — playing football. That does not happen to too many other people in society.

    We have been tough in recent years. Some players have had their livelihoods taken away from them. But I think it is clear that the players are taking heed of what has happened.

    We are not going to let up … we have to protect the reputation and image of the game.

    Buzz: What challenge are you most focused on?

    My biggest passion is junior football. I want to make it easier for young people to play the game, I want more people playing rugby league.

    And the best way we can do that is to ensure there is a game for everyone, whether you are a toddler, junior, girl or boy, senior or elite player. Whether you want to play contact or non-contact rugby league. Because we’ll only have a strong future if we have more people playing.

    I really want to focus on that in the first 12 months.
  2. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    ARL Commission's club-appointed directors voted in

    Michael Chammas
    Chief Reporter
    Fri 9 Feb 2018, 07:44 AM

    The formation of the ARL Commission has become a lot clearer after the two club-appointed directors were voted in on Thursday night. understands Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys was unanimously voted in, receiving the vote of all 16 NRL clubs.

    The clubs also had a second vote between former Collingwood Magpies boss Gary Pert and Sydney lawyer Glen Selikowitz.

    Selikowitz received 10 votes compared to Pert's six, and is set to officially join V'landys on the newly formed commission at the February 21 annual general meeting.
  3. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    ARL Commission vote postponed

    Brad Walter Senior Reporter
    Wed 21 Feb 2018, 12:55 PM

    The vote on the new-look ARL Commission was postponed on Wednesday after three clubs - the Gold Coast Titans, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm - refused to support the proposed reforms.

    The vote has been postponed until March 12 after the 16 clubs met on Wednesday morning and could not agree to provide unanimous support for the proposed changes to the board which were set to introduce four new commissioners - NSWRL chairman George Peponis, QRL chairman Bruce Hatcher, Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys and Sydney lawyer Glen Selikowitz.

    Former Queensland premier Peter Beattie has been voted in to be the new ARL Commission chairman, replacing John Grant.

    Because the clubs did not support the proposed changes, the vote was not held at the ARL Commission's AGM.

    NRL CEO Todd Greenberg and Beattie fronted the media to outline their plan to resolve the impasse.

    Beattie said he would personally address the boards of the three clubs against the proposal.

    "This is the real issue - how the new constitution would work," Beattie said.

    "That's the most accurate way I could describe it."

    I want to see us have a national footprint. We want to maintain our existing footprint but we also want to build on it.

    Beattie spoke about the priorities for the new-look commission moving forward, which were headlined by game expansion, a greater role for women and greater focus on grass roots.

    "Of course the game needs to expand," Beattie said.

    "We're in a very competitive environment for entertainment… You've got to be flexible and you've got to have a strategy.

    "I want to see us have a national footprint. We want to maintain our existing footprint but we also want to build on it."

    That tied into a greater focus on grassroots rugby league, with Beattie making a point of an upcoming visit to the Gold Coast-based Burleigh Bears.

    "The first formal event I will attend is this Friday night going to the Burleigh Bears on the Gold Coast, they're a grass roots club," he said.

    "From there [it's about] supporting juniors, there's money in the program for that. This is about growing the game, valuing rugby league at a grassroots level, recruiting people into the game.

    "The elite part [of the game] we all love [but] you don’t have an elite game without juniors."

    Beattie was very strong on the need for greater involvement of women in the game, particularly on the commission.

    "I want to see an increasing role for women in the game. Regardless of what happens with the constitutional changes one of next people appointed to the commission will be a woman," he said.

    "The next person from the Independents will be a woman.

    "The commission only has one woman on it at the moment… it's not good enough to have one so next person that comes from the Independents will be a woman and we'll work with the clubs and NSW and Queensland to increase the number of women [involved]."
  4. danknights

    danknights Darren Albert

    Jan 26, 2016
    So what are those 3 hiding?
  5. member 2299

    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

    Aug 16, 2009
    Nambucca Heads
    With two of them three it is usually money!
  6. rhugh89

    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Aug 12, 2012
    John Grant’s departs rugby league with a whimper - and the game won’t miss him

    DAVID RICCIO, The Daily Telegraph
    February 21, 2018 6:58pm

    NOBODY clapped. Not a single person thanked him. Most club bosses couldn’t even look him in the eye.

    Farewell John Grant? Fairly embarrassing more like it.

    Inside The Dally Messenger Room on Wednesday, on the ground floor of Moore Park’s League Central, Grant stood and offered his final words as chairman of the NRL.

    Rocking back in their seats with absolutely intended disrespect, 14 of the 16 club chairs which were present pretended to listen as a sheepish Grant stood for his sign-off.

    It was only because he was speaking so softly that those in the room were forced to lean forward in their seats. The mood was completely uncomfortable for everyone.

    However, Grant couldn’t help himself. There was a final jab, even if, so subtle.

    “Hopefully in the future, the game will be void of political agendas,’’ Grant whispered. “And so now I’ll stand down as chairman.’’

    And that was it.

    Some chairs fiddled with their pens or mobile phones, others simply looked down at their feet.

    For six years, Grant led an ARL commission that began with promise and ends in disarray.

    From a record $1.2 billion broadcast deal, the game hasn’t a single asset.

    The numbers the game does have are for a bank — which the Commission needed for a $30 million loan to ease its cash flow problems.

    Even on his final day, Grant couldn’t bring unity to the game.

    It says everything.

    This was a leader who appeared more interested in presenting trophies on grand final day.

    He welcomed the spotlight, even though there were others more deserved or at least capable of announcing something so simple, as the Australian Test team.

    Manly and Cronulla lost all respect for Grant the day he called them Seagulls and Hawks.

    Before Grant’s sign-off, a vote for constitutional reform was blocked by the Bulldogs, Titans and Storm.

    To most fans, this all means nothing when it comes to determining the 2018 top eight.

    Put simply, this was a chance for unity and a joint-vision of financial strength, a collective pursuit for increased participation, interest and return across the entire code.

    It was a chance for every stakeholder, including your favourite club, to have a say on how the greatest game of all cannot only survive, but thrive.

    New ARL chairman Peter Beattie is on record with his intent for inclusiveness — and not just on the field.

    Beattie will open the front door of the NRL to all. He told colleague Phil Rothfield that bank records will be made available every three months for proper scrutiny.

    The game has had too many secrets for too long.

    The three clubs which voted against reform have their own reasons for blocking it.

    However, no sooner had Grant exited League Central and straight out to a lunch with selected commissioners, that talk of hope and confidence had begun.

    On March 12, when the clubs reconvene for a final an AGM and last chance to vote for reform, Beattie’s chairmanship of the game will be underway.

    It’s then that many believe he’ll be able to convince at least two of three clubs to change their minds, striking a peace deal which the game has never experienced before.

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