Roy Masters is a Rugby League Columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald
Roy Masters Defaulted grand final and internal draft to reinforce ranks of any club stripped of players.
Roy Masters Rugby league has an ignoble history of creative counting - fictitious crowd figures, salary cap manipulation, exaggerating injury tallies, even miscounting tackles.
Roy Masters A defaulted grand final and an internal draft to reinforce the ranks of any club stripped of players because of doping sanctions are among the contingency plans the NRL has drawn up in response to...
Roy Masters The battle for next year's NRL radio rights is akin to the game itself: a clash of super-sized egos, with many detours and dummies, ruled by uncertain officials, with the result not certain until the...
Roy Masters Rugby league fans will soon be sitting on the horns of a TV dilemma: if they want to see their stars in action, they must watch more commercials during games.
Roy Masters Billy Slater has moved up a couple of floors in the department store of rugby league history, past the Unforgettables and on to the Unsurpassables.
Roy Masters FOX SPORTS' joint bid with Channel Nine for NRL broadcasting rights is set to reap the code $1.2 billion, which is triple the current agreement.
Roy Masters RUGBY LEAGUE is guaranteed a $1.2 billion broadcasting deal, with monopoly pay-TV network Fox Sports declaring it won't be beaten for the five-year rights.
Roy Masters Super coach Wayne Bennett is in unfamiliar territory with the Knights, the legendary premiership winner having one of his worst starts to a season in his 26 years in the top grade.
Roy Masters THERE are myriad options for NRL rights bidders. They include: free-to-air and pay TV; flexible versus fixed game schedule; live or delayed broadcasts; the sale of separate properties, such as State...
Roy Masters There are too many footballers playing NRL each week not up to standard and too many receiving money their experience or talents don't justify.
Roy Masters It was a baseball match at Yankee Stadium that drove the Dragons chief executive Peter Doust to derive some reward from having his balls kicked.
Roy Masters An alarming increase in the use, seizure and arrests for illicit drugs is the central finding of the Australian Crime Commission's annual report released today, with significant implications for...
Roy Masters Cronulla players are likely to be still arguing with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority this time next year, when Essendon players will have already served their suspensions.
Roy Masters When NSW coach Laurie Daley finalises his team after this weekend's NRL round, he will try and include as many fit players from the Blues 2012 Origin squad.
Show Me The Money
Roy Masters IF EVER the title of this column is appropriate to an issue in sport and business, it is the impasse at Wests Tigers.
Roy Masters The recent deaths of two young players raise questions about the disconnect between an NRL team and its feeder teams, compared with the days when there was strong mentoring by senior players across...
Roy Masters With the top four NRL teams threatening to break away, the challenge is to bring them back to the pack.
Roy Masters THE AFL has a future fund and the Rugby League Commission plans one, seeking $200 million in savings over the life of the new broadcasting contract.
Roy Masters NRL and AFL players guilty of doping infractions have almost no chance of escaping without sanction, and will be required to inform on a teammate or a member of a club's football department to...