V'landys' tone-deaf cash grab in the middle of coronavirus crisis

15/03/2020 11:33:00 PM

Opinion: V'landys' tone-deaf cash grab in the middle of coronavirus crisis

Opinion: V'landys' tone-deaf cash grab in the middle of coronavirus crisis

“An Australia without rugby league is not Australia!” V’landys boldly declared at a media conference at Rugby League Central.

AdvertisementThe room cringed. Twitter was broken.And if Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s icy response at a media conference late on Sunday when asked about V'landys comments is any indication, he’s also not big on the idea of bailing out rugby league.

ARLC chairman Peter V'landys and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg yesterday.In his role as Racing NSW chief executive, he walked into then Prime Minister John Howard’s office, asked for a $110m rescue package — and ended up with $235m.“I usually start at $500m and work my way down,” he quipped again.

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I tried to post this article on Facebook. I was notified that it did not meet their “community standards “. A review request has been made. Has anyone else had this problem? How ridiculous! The only way the Government could have the funds to bail out the NRL would be to abandon the ANZ Stadium redevelopment.

Incredible grab for taxpayers money. So arrogant and insensitive. Grub Up to 300 cases of Corona-virus in Aust, Deaths in Aust 5 2019 Flu killed 900 Austs BUT Australia is in a good position to contain the Corona-virus Thanks to PM Morrison who stopped travel from China 9 Days before the World Health Organization tells the world to stop travel

A game that can’t survive a few months without games and needs a taxpayer funded bail out doesn’t deserve to be around. Loved the sport in the early 90s but wouldn’t be sorry to see it go. The man is a fool.without Australians there will be no Australia just ban crowds at games,people before money V’Landys.

NRL announces competition to continue despite increased travel restrictionsTodd Greenberg & Peter V'landys have addressed the media in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic to announce the 2020 Telstra Premiership will continue, despite increased travel restrictions. So keep playing whilst every other sport stops. Genius move to generate revenue, having a monopoly. Prioritising $$ over player health, classic NRL. So when you guys will advise season ticket holder refunds ? Stay safe!🙏❤️✝️👌💕🐶🦉🙉🐵🙈

New Zealand's central bank slashes interest rates to record lowThe RBNZ slashed its official cash rate by 75 basis points on Monday, in response to growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. ZeeOneNZ Yep & now there's nothing left in their tool box Seems rate cuts cure the virus. Australia will be next. A preditction of another cut in April will see a cash rate of 0.25%. Australia is hurting. The economy is stuffed.

‘Three months’: NRL’s grim virus realityThe NRL’s coronavirus crisis is deepening by the hour after the game’s highest-profile player Cameron Smith slammed competition for continuing to play despite the health concerns. I will laugh if the sport fails and fades. I’ll be watching every game every week while I still can The NRL should stop crying poor and understanding they're not the only ones facing challenges. Cancel the season for crying out loud.

Anthony Albanese cautions against complacency in coronavirus responseOpposition Leader Anthony Albanese has delivered an address to the nation on the coronavirus, saying it is the toughest health crisis in decades. hat's the best objection they could come up with? ScoMo is then doing a great job, no doubt 😎 Thanks Albo, but I don't hold out much for a plan from this bunch of egg rolls...

All Super Rugby matches to be cancelled after Sunday's fixturesBreaking: All Super Rugby games will be suspended for the foreseeable future after matches this weekend as the coronavirus crisis deepens | tomdecent tomdecent Over to you afl and nrl. Let’s see if your fundamental lack of decency when compared to other sports prevents you from doing the right thing. tomdecent Inevitable and sensible. tomdecent They don’t have crowds over 500, if you only counted the paying patreons.

Experts predict millions of COVID-19 deaths, as President insists it ‘will pass’Amid the escalating health crisis paralysing most continents, experts have predicted the death toll in the US could soar into the millions as a result of mass coronavirus infections. ..can you actually post some GOOD news please? Couldn’t possibly be. It was a hoax 2 weeks ago and it’s ok, it’s just the flu when 17 people had it just over a week ago. Experts must be wrong because the President said so...... What absolute leftist bullshit.

Play video “An Australia without rugby league is not Australia!” V’landys boldly declared at a media conference at League Central as the financial cost of the coronavirus hit home while, at the same time, seemingly forgetting that an Australia without people is also not Australia.Share via Email NRL CEO Todd Greenberg and ARL Commission chairman Peter V'landys addressed the media on Sunday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic to announce the 2020 Telstra Premiership would continue.Larger text size Very large text size The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) slashed its official cash rate (OCR) by 75 basis points on Monday, in response to growing concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.Kent said while the bosses of the game won’t admit it, the game is not the same as the NBA and EPL, which has huge cash reserves to survive a suspension.

Sitting alongside nodding chief executive Todd Greenberg — who was about to lose his job later this week but not now — V’landys laid out why the federal government needs to bail out a multibillion-dollar professional sport, that spruiks every five years how much money it makes from its broadcast deals, that only a week or so ago trumpeted how it’s in rude health after returning a $30 million profit. Advertisement V’landys talked about the game only having months to live if fan lockouts continued, or even worse if it was indefinitely suspended. "We're in an area our game has never been in before. “The last resort for us is to go to the players and ask them for a pay cut because, like the rest of us, they’ve got mortgages and made commitments on the money they believe they’re going to get," he said. Credit: David Paul Morris The bank cut the official cash rate to 0. The room cringed. "Any decision we make today may change tomorrow. Twitter was broken.” But after a weekend of bizarre scenes, including disinfecting balls at Lottoland with the ball boys wearing gloves, it’s clearly on the minds.

Will someone think of the footballers?! Rugby league’s great unwashed probably don’t care how players on an average wage of $371,000-a-year are going to battle through this. "We will continue to take the best expert advice including the government and chief medical officers' advice. The New Zealand dollar fell 1. Or if the best-paid players on $1 million might have to sell off that fourth investment property they snapped up when the market was right. And if Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s icy response at a media conference late on Sunday when asked about V'landys comments is any indication, he’s also not big on the idea of bailing out rugby league. "All decisions we make will have the players health and safety as the paramount consideration. He’s probably more concerned right now about having enough ICU beds if this thing keeps spreading, and people start dying, at the same pace as seen in other parts of the world. The negative impact from the virus on New Zealand's economy is, and will continue to be, significant, it said. V’landys is calling from the same playbook he used in 2007 when equine influenza ripped through the racing industry, stopping meetings across the country but predominantly in NSW and Queensland. Because it's changing so quickly we would be silly to go in just one direction. Until we get to that point, we keep playing.

ARLC chairman Peter V'landys and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg yesterday. Credit: AAP In his role as Racing NSW chief executive, he walked into then Prime Minister John Howard’s office, asked for a $110m rescue package — and ended up with $235m. In order to have the best advice, we have commissioned a bio-security expert. More to come. “That was an apprenticeship,” V’landys quipped at Sunday morning’s media conference. “This is like starting the trade." Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced a ban on non-essential public gatherings of 500 people or more, starting on Monday.” How much does he want from Morrison for rugby league, then? “I usually start at $500m and work my way down,” he quipped again. “There are several players in our squad who are going back to their families who have newborn babies.

V’landys later confirmed he hadn’t spoken to Morrison, or NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, or any government official for that matter, which means he was using the media to lobby for funds. Bennett has his say on coronavirus situation "I can't stress enough that our game has never faced a challenge like this. That raises the suspicion that the NRL is more concerned with its financial health than preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Almost everyone has an opinion on solutions, of course, from suspending the premiership for a month and getting rid of the Kangaroo tour at the end of the year, to playing every match out of the one venue for the foreseeable future. "It could have catastrophic effects on us moving forward. One day, Souths coach Wayne Bennett said he wanted the comp suspended. The next, he wanted matches in Darwin and Townsville. Australia without rugby league is not Australia. “If we make a decision to suspend the competition for a couple of weeks, it gives everyone an opportunity to sum up the situation a lot better rather than being reactive daily or hourly.

Which one is it, supercoach? Another suggestion that's been tossed about among government bureaucrats is diverting the $800m about to be spent on refurbishing ANZ Stadium to rugby league, rugby, football and other sports. Could it be that easy? “There’s a lot of uncertainty around the happenings, and I suppose the goings-on, of the coronavirus,” Corey Parker mused on Fox Sports before Penrith hosted the Roosters. "It's people's escape and relaxation. The question is how rugby league became this vulnerable at all. Pretty much sums it up, really." When pressed on the financial implications of shutting down the competitions, V'landys expressed deep concern. Later in the day, V’landys wanted to clarify his position: he was talking about the entire rugby league industry, not just the professionals.” From NSW Shadow Health Minister ‘the.

Loading As the most-watched sport in Australia, which generates an estimated $2 billion for the economy each year, it would indeed devastate a lot of people — both financially and emotionally — if rugby league faceplanted. It could have catastrophic effects on us moving forward. V’landys might be rough around the edges, he might have a tin ear, he might curiously refer to the code as “rugba league”, but the game is fortunate to have a combative operator at a time when it needs one. The game relies on $13 million per round from the broadcasters. We need to be diligent. If that stops, for even a few months, the NRL will struggle to get going again. He just needs to play it smarter. "There's more than just the viability of the game.

The question is how rugby league became this vulnerable at all. For many years now, even long before the commission was formed in 2012, savvy club bosses were pleading with head office to start putting about $100m away for a rainy day. I can't stress that enough. As one blasted down the line on Sunday: “Well, it’s f----- pouring now!” .