AFLARUHALNRL Industry News – Friday, 19th May 2017 The_Wookie May 19, 2017 2 Comments AFL Geelong Football Club is debt-free for the first time in five decades. It has been such a financial success, the Cats have permanently axed the gaming facility and 100 poker machines that were part of its home ground NRL Thu NRL: Sharks d Cowboys: Crowd: 8,557 @ Southern Cross Group Stadium There’s a perception in clubland and the wider game that there won’t be peace at the NRL until John Grant is no longer at the helm. News Limited writes 1997 saw player salaries sky rocket thanks to the emergence of a rebel competition — Super League — and a similar scenario looks like emerging in the NRL. THE NRL may be forced to withhold $20 million of funding to struggling clubs next season in a move that has reignited calls for the removal of independent commission chairman John Grant. A-league SCG Trust chairman Tony Shepherd has flagged a potential Allianz Stadium pitch refurbishment as a key benefit for long-term tenants Sydney FC. As expected, the Sky Blues have renewed their lease and will call the venue home for a further 10 years. Optus backs EPL investment Rugby CLUB Rugby TV are set to announce plans for a State of Origin-style match featuring the best club players from the Shute Shield and Brisbane’s Premier Grade competition.