Source: Fairfax Media
In a three year agreement, the NRL will provide $7.55 million in annual participation payments to clubs, rising annually by $270,000. Clubs will be forced to meet minimum standards, which if not met, will result in a reduction of the funding available.
In addition, the ARLC will offer millions of dollars in incentives for clubs that excel at memberships, attendances, sponsorship and merchandise.
[In comparison The AFL provides a base figure per year, plus future funding that differs on a club by club basis. The league is also resposible for distributing revenues from signage and pourage rights held at Etihad Stadium. In 2013 this base figure was $7.19 million (up 400k on the year before), but the average club distribution was $11.6 million – West coast received 9.4 million at the bottom, and the Bulldogs received $13.2 million at the top]
West Tigers chief Grant Mayer was quoted in the article as saying
‘‘The salary cap created a level playing field from a playing point of view and I think this is the opportunity from an administrative structure to do exactly the same. Conceptionally and structurally, I think it is very innovative and very fair. I think the fact that every club has the opportunity to retain $7.55m base funding is great and the other stuff gives us all a chance to be better. I think it is going to make clubs much more consistent and much more professional in how they approach the business of running a football club.’’