Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

League

NRL HQ not panicking despite doomsayers

Roy Masters The sun continues to shine, the journalists cut and paste their doomsday crowd and TV ratings stories, the Storm win their season opener for the tenth successive year but there is something different...

League

NRL is a numbers game, and stats the way they like it

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters Inform a first grade coach, such as the Storm's Craig Bellamy, that at the ninth minute of the second half of Saturday's match against the Sea Eagles his captain Cameron Smith will have played...

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League

Changing perceptions should be last thing on NRL's mind

Roy Masters Dolly Parton's most famous quote is: "I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb . . . and I also know that I'm not blonde."

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Rugby League

NRL drugs bans due by Christmas

Generic drugs in sport

Roy Masters League will receive report on December 11 detailing an investigation into drug protocols.

League

NRL on right track as AFL's efforts bomb

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters The John Grant-led Rugby League Commission appears determined to strike as big a difference as possible between its handling of the supplements crisis at Cronulla and the AFL's compromised,...

Rugby League

Room for mercy in NRL's supplements sanctions for Cronulla

Roy Masters Old-fashioned rugby league mercy may ultimately lead to some reduction in the penalties.

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League

Abandonment threat forces NRL to consider keeping Origin III brawlers on field

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Roy Masters The deciding State of Origin match in Sydney could either be abandoned, or brawling players allowed to remain on the field, following a conflict between the NRL's recent mandate to sin bin players...

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Why not drug test NRL referees?

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Roy Masters The NRL has hyped up its anti-doping measures for by players but ignores the men whose judgment calls have potentially the most critical effect on the outcome of games.

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Battle stations: Egos, intrigue complicate the bidding for NRL radio rights

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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...

League

Pet peeve: NRL clubs make mockery of memberships

Roy Masters Rugby league has an ignoble history of creative counting - fictitious crowd figures, salary cap manipulation, exaggerating injury tallies, even miscounting tackles.

Rugby League

NRL plans for worst on drugs

NRL chief executive David Smith.

Roy Masters Defaulted grand final and internal draft to reinforce ranks of any club stripped of players.

NRL considers nightmare scenario

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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...

How the NRL can sell the pieces of its puzzle

FOXTEL

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...

Ad nauseam: NRL, with an eye on the clock, looks at commercial potential

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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.

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Higher plane: Immortal status beckons for Billy Slater, NRL's Mr Natural on and off the field

Billy Slater

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.

NRL set to pocket $1.2b as Fox, Nine bid for TV rights

NRL TV foxtel

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.

NRL to reap $1.2b from TV rights deal

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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.

It's tough to wrestle with stats: NRL's top teams have balance just right

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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.

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League

Backward thinking would have put Dragons onward to victory

Fairfax Media writer

Roy Masters There was another option for Dragons’ five-eighth Gareth Widdop when he kicked the ball with one minute and one second left on the clock on Monday night, giving the Storm possession from which they...

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League

Roy Masters: Times have changed - for better or worse - in rugby league

Roy Masters Hidden in the archives of the museum at Rugby League Central is a promotional poster for a State of Origin match at Long Beach, California, in 1987.