Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Has NRL Been Rolling along in Comfort Zone?

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Has NRL Been Rolling along in Comfort Zone?

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DAVID Gallop's impromptu departure from the ARL Commission says more about the deficiencies of past NRL boards than it does of his inadequacies.

Gallop lasted a mere four months under a commission consisting of some of the sharpest business brains in the country.

The question then begs to be asked Co has the NRL simply been rolling along in a comfort zone for the past decade?

Picking over the bones of Gallop's carcass would be the easy thing to do today.

And like us all, he did have his shortcomings.

Several times previously I wrote I believed he was reactionary rather than proactive, and as a code rugby league was often slow off the mark.

How, for instance, did the Storm salary-cap rort continue for five years without being uncovered?

And why did it take a newspaper to disclose the real financial strife of the Titans when the dogs had been barking for two years?

Gallop wanted to be popular and loathed confrontation, and maybe that was why very few NRL staffers lost their jobs during his tenure. But maybe a wider broom will sweep through the plush new Rugby League Central offices now that Gallop is gone.

With the arrival of the commission, change was inevitable. The bell is tolling and fans Co as shareholders of the game Co need to accept the change and roll with the punches. Change brings excitement and, optimistically, invention.

Since rugby league was born in 1908 we have continued to shoot ourselves in the foot, yet survive. Hopefully, the shot this week is across the bow and our game can be reborn in a new, thoroughly professional era.

Stop bleating

I'D BE surprised if I don't speak for the majority when I suggest it is well and truly time for referee bashing to end.

Fans may have had a fair crack at airing their grievances through the various social media outlets, but the driving force behind the wave of criticism has been the major media outlets.

It is a given that in Brisbane during the season, each of the three commercial TV stations lead their nightly sports bulletins with a rugby league story. …

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