Roy Masters

Roy Masters

Roy Masters is a Rugby League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald

The best of both worlds: Rugby league and union hybrid game a long time coming

Roy Masters William Webb Ellis is known as the schoolboy who invented a game, rather than the other way round.

Why Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett is NRL's greatest politician ... and may end up running the game

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Roy Masters Wayne Bennett's recent comments would endear him to those seeking a replacement for John Grant, whenever the Queenslander vacates the chair of the ARL Commission

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Brisbane Broncos v North Queensland Cowboys NRL grand final proves God is a Queenslander

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Roy Masters The Cowboys threw off injustices of past years to grab a grand final berth.

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Australian Olympic Commission boss John Coates calls for government action on prescription drugs in sport

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Roy Masters The overdose of prescription drugs by two young Rabbitohs players has prompted Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates to send a savage message to Canberra, challenging it to action.

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Melbourne Storm fullback Cameron Munster is the happiest player in the NRL

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Roy Masters If the late American social critic, Christopher Lasch, had wandered into the Storm's kitchen at AAMI stadium and witnessed 21-year-old fullback Cameron Munster eating Weet-Bix, he may have reviewed...

Why the Broncos or Storm will win the 2015 NRL title

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Roy Masters Wayne Bennett or Craig Bellamy will be lifting the trophy.

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Stats don't back up claims Melbourne Storm wrestled their way to win over Sydney Roosters

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Roy Masters The numbers don't support claims the Storm wrestled the Roosters out of the game last weekend.

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The best $2 the Melbourne Storm ever spent brings news of a clash with the Sydney Roosters

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Roy Masters A $2 pass delivered the Storm news of their entry to the preferred path of past NRL premiership winners.

Why a blowout in third party deals could damage the NRL's pay TV hopes

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Roy Masters A rapid escalation in third party payments, concentrated in a small number of NRL clubs, threatens the competitive balance of the game, leading to blow-outs in matches, a turn off to TV viewers and a...

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Why Wests Tigers may pay out Robbie Farah's lucrative contract to force him out

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Roy Masters If relations between Robbie Farah and Wests Tigers continue down their poisonous path, club officials may elect to pay him out, rather than retain what they clearly perceive to be a divisive force.

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Why the NRL is looking for greater exposure instead of top dollar in TV rights strategy

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Roy Masters Critics of the ARLC's broadcast dealings would have you believe chief executive Dave Smith has chosen the poorhouse over the countinghouse.

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Vale Alan Clarkson, a gentleman of rugby league and journalism

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Roy Masters Rugby league has lost the last of its gentleman reporters with the death of Alan Clarkson who covered sport for the Herald for 33 years.

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Google ball: Online gamble at the heart of NRL's ploy to keep pace with AFL over TV rights

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Roy Masters The ARLC will gamble that multi-billion dollar international online giants, such as Google, Amazon and Netflix, will tender to buy streaming rights to its eight weekly games.

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Inside AFL's $2.5 billion TV deal: why Rupert Murdoch was throwing shade at the NRL

The AFL's Mike Fitzpatrick, Rupert Murdoch and Robert Thomson announce the AFL broadcast deal.

Roy Masters After being blindsided by the NRL TV deal with Channel Nine, Rupert Murdoch was determined the AFL would be winner in the pay-tv rights deals.

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NRL TV rights deal: Channel Ten to get games as five-nights-a-week coverage planned

Happy with draw: Dave Smith

Roy Masters Channel Ten will receive a game in the last old school broadcast deal before streaming services grab a piece of the NRL rights.

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Long-term contracts for veterans another threat to integrity of salary cap

Roy Masters Another contract rort which threatens the salary cap as a means of spreading talent around the league is the practice of attracting veteran players to a club with rich, long-term contracts.

NRL salary cap investigation: Inside the shady world of third-party agreements

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Roy Masters In NRL circles, it's called the "shadow market", a secretive exchange of money between player and sponsor which is outside a club's salary cap.

Queensland Maroons leave the best to last

Roy Masters "Queensland police have put out a missing persons alert," our bus driver announced at Suncorp Stadium following the Maroons' record 52-6 victory in the deciding State of Origin match on Wednesday...

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State of Origin: Get ready for an explosive start to decider

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Roy Masters Judging from their over-aggressive tactics in the closing minutes of the second Origin match in Melbourne, NSW's forwards are channelling Tom Raudonikis whose idea of utopia was the smell of blood...

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How rugby league can get the taxman onside

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Roy Masters Despite the perpetual poverty of 14 NRL clubs, only four of them – Roosters, Sharks, Cowboys and Storm - tap into a $2.5 billion well which AFL clubs have been sourcing for 30 years.