2022-04-27 10:46:00

The NRL is reportedly weighing up a $200 million plan which could see the Grand Final rotated around Australia, and even into other countries, much like the Super Bowl.

Nine reports the league will propose to the New South Wales government a plan including traditional Grand Finals being played in Sydney, but also a certain number of the games being played elsewhere each decade.

ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys is set to meet with NSW premier Dominic Perrottet later this week to discuss the idea.

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“Nothing is a done deal,” V’landys told Nine.

“We’re keen to meet with (the) NSW government, and whatever the outcome is I have to go back to the commission. The commission will always act in the best interest of the game. We’ll always keep an open mind, like any good commercial practice requires, for the betterment of the game.

“But we have to remember this is called the National Rugby League for a reason. One thing I know about supporters is that they will travel. Panthers and Rabbitohs fans didn’t get the chance to go to Brisbane last year but they would have if they could have.

“And the reality is that the grand final will still have a place in Sydney. It won’t go every year. But the idea of taking it on the road is something we’re certainly considering. If we opened it up we’d have interest from every state.”

The model the NRL is considering would reportedly see an unknown number Grand Finals played across Sydney and Brisbane over the next decade.

Queensland is said to be willing to pay over $10 million a year to host the decider at Suncorp Stadium, while the remaining games would also be put up for auction.

That would allow cities like Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide, or even other countries, to bid for hosting rights – much like how the NFL treats the Super Bowl.

It was suggested this plan would earn the NRL up to $200 million over the course of the deal.


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“Naturally, we have to look at a Super Bowl-style situation where states get the chance to bid on it,” V’landys said.

“What people have to understand is that there are only two major national events in Australia with local content – the NRL and AFL grand finals. They add enormous value to a state’s economy. These aren’t handouts – it stimulates significant amounts of money for the local economy. If Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth or even Auckland host it, then NSW fans go there and spend a lot of money.

“For us, it’s a great promotion. It’s not just about the grand final, it’s about the whole week. What the NFL do so well for Super Bowl is a whole series of events which they offer in the week leading up to it which generates such a great atmosphere. That is something that is in our thinking.”

The NSW premier was understandably partisan about the plan.

“I have been working with Peter, and I understand his issues. But let’s be fair dinkum here, the grand final is not going to Queensland. No one wants the grand final in Queensland,” he said.

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Source by [graycupnews.com]


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