DISCORD 2013: Edition 50

The Cronulla Sharks are embroiled in controversy.

The Cronulla Sharks have been fined $1 million by the NRL. Photo: Getty Images

It's not so much the number of zeros on Cronulla's $1 million doping fine, but how long the Sharks have to pay it.

That's why the club's supporters should be welcoming reports Cronulla 'only' have to shell out $200,000 a year over the next half-decade.

We've already said here that it would be immoral for Cronulla to be forced into relocating by the financial penalty from the supplements scandal. Endangering the health of players is too serious a matter for it to play any role in a competition's decentralisation and expansion strategies.

It's in everyone's interests to keep the matters completely separate. If Cronulla or anyone else have to move, then so be it - but not because they have been financially crippled by a sanction from headquarters.

If reports of the Sharks being given five years to pay their fine are correct, the NRL Commission has done the right thing in this regard.

Some will say it's just tough luck if a financial penalty sends a franchise broke and relocation is its only help of survival. But for a start, we don't know if the NRL has an incentives at all on the table any more for relocation.

And is the end of a club that entered the premiership in 1967 a fair punishment for a doping offence committed over a comparatively short period in 2011?

Only a harsh bastard would say 'yes'.

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Great result to see the New Zealand-England World Cup semi-final named the greatest moment at Wembley Stadium this year, beating the FA Cup final and Bruce Springsteen.

The Kiwis' last-ditch victory was the best game I've seen this year and plenty agree. With a bit of a nudge from Red Hall, the event won by popular vote.

"The drama of the Rugby League World Cup semi-final certainly befitted the occasion, so it is right to commemorate the match with a Wembley Way stone," said stadium managing director Roger Maslin.

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There are those who steadfastly refuse to believe that the salary cap has anything to do with the evenness of a competition that has given us nine premiers in 15 years.

But the departure of salary cap commissioner Ian Schubert, the sudden rise in the cap and looming relaxation of rules around the payment ceiling will give us an almost scientific analysis of its importance.

It should be pretty easy to tell if the league is more or less even now than it was before. Schubert was given absolute discretion in a less well-resourced era of the NRL and in the opinion of this column did an exceptional job - even if clubs didn't like many of his decisions.

You can put an appeal process in place and throw more people at the job but if we get lopsided competition tables in the years ahead, then 'Schuey' will be missed.

Ian Schubert's legacy as salary cap commissioner will be crystal clear in another 15 years.

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Comments now and there was some discussion on the sense, or lack thereof, of the NRL attempting to extend its influence into London.

PaulMac, BluesBreaker and Old John all agreed playing games in London is a good idea, but doubted our sport could fill Wembley with an Origin or club game.

Old John points to rugby union's Crusaders playing a Super Rugby game in the capital and attracting a healthy crowd.

The beauty of the geography is that whatever the NRL does in London does not unduly step on the toes of Super League, in which most of the teams are along the M62 corridor.

Eventually, we could even have an NRL team based in London while the domestic competition goes ahead unhindered up north. I know, it's a long way off, but...

Here's the forum.