Sky Sports’ FFA chief warns NRL clubs could lose $200 million to NRL and SANFL in 2018-19
Sky Sports has revealed the Australian Football League will have to raise more than $200m over the next three years to keep its league afloat, and will have a $1.6 billion deficit by 2019-20.
The NRL’s annual revenue will also be hit, with the SANFL having to pay out $5m each year to the league and $1m each to the SANCOA.
“We can’t continue to have the financial crisis we’ve had for the last five years,” Sky Sports CEO Andy Meloni said.
It’s not just a club sport but also a football league. “
The NRL is the most important part of the sport in Australia.
It’s not just a club sport but also a football league.
The SANFL is a football club and we want to have an NRL-like competition.”
Meloni said the two major NRL clubs were “disappointed” with the proposed changes.
“It’s really disappointing that the two largest NRL clubs are now saying no to a plan that would have provided the clubs a fair and equitable return for the game,” Meloni told Sky Sports.
“I think the big concern for the NRL is that there’s not enough money coming into the game, it’s not sustainable and it’s going to be harder for the clubs in the future to get into the NRL. “
“This is the biggest risk to the game. “
We need to find a way to save it.””
This is the biggest risk to the game.
We need to find a way to save it.”
Meloni also said the NRL’s finances would be “disastrous” if the NRL failed to increase its revenue.
He said that if the two biggest NRL clubs had to cut costs, “the NRL would be in trouble”.
“We have a lot of clubs in our business, we have a good working relationship with the clubs.
We’ve worked with the players, we’ve worked closely with the club management, we’re in the middle of a rebuild, and it will be a disaster if we lose all our players, our players are going to go elsewhere,” Melonyon said.
Meloni told the ABC that the NRL had “no interest” in making further changes to the competition.
Melonis also told the BBC he was not worried about the future of the SANFAs.
“We are in a very good position financially,” he said.
“It’s not going to affect our business or our operations or the revenue we generate from the sport.
Melonyon told the program that he hoped the changes would be approved by the league’s governing body. “
It will be very difficult to make any changes unless there is an imminent change in the structure of the league, and the NRL wants to do that.”
Melonyon told the program that he hoped the changes would be approved by the league’s governing body.
The changes are expected to be announced by the end of the year. AAP