Roy Masters is a Rugby League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald
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...
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.
Roy Masters Critics of the ARLC's broadcast dealings would have you believe chief executive Dave Smith has chosen the poorhouse over the countinghouse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
Roy Masters Old footballers speak wistfully of a time when a man's word was his bond, handshake deals were honoured and third party arrangements had something to do with those over-sexed French people.
Roy Masters Could a mooted Fox Sports-Channel Ten NRL rights bid be the catalyst for a new Super League war?
Roy Masters Some very influential past coaches, players and commentators are so alarmed at the trend to bigness and raw power that they are agitating for six replacements.
Roy Masters Hell with the lid taken off....that's a bold prediction of the 80 minutes of fury at the MCG on Wednesday night when NSW attempt to square the 2015 State of Origin series.
Roy Masters Channel Nine will make a bold bid to broadcast one AFL game on Sunday afternoons, precipitating a retaliatory move by rival Seven for the highly prized State of Origin series.
Roy Masters NRL clubs suffer when they have a Queensland star on their books.
Roy Masters The Blues will improve, but the Maroons will have the edge in this Origin series
Roy Masters Text messages may become a new focus for NRL investigators.