Roy Masters

Roy Masters

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

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League finally learns to kick with right

Roy Masters RUGBY league, historically aligned to the Labor Party, is set to benefit from a pre-election strategy to embrace the Coalition, while the AFL, wedded to the ALP for more than a decade, will lose...

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End of the line for Brady, and one step closer to the end of an era

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Roy Masters NOW there is one. The resignation of the NRL's long-term media manager John Brady leaves the code's administration with only one executive employed since the pre-Super League era with any meaningful...

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War looms over top job

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Roy Masters ANOTHER rugby league civil war is on the distant horizon unless the ARL Commission appoints a football person as its chief executive.

League's Super fund

Roy Masters WHEN Channel Nine boss David Gyngell let out a sigh of relief at the ARL Commission's declaration it had awarded the Nine/Fox Sports consortium the broadcasting rights, the emission of emotion from...

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Why Demetriou should be ARL's target

Roy Masters Now that the AFL's No.2 man, Gillon McLachlan, has knocked back the job as chief executive of the ARL Commission, rugby league should pursue the rival code's No.

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Conspiracy theorists still looking for strings

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Roy Masters Despite a new commission running the game, conspiracy theories about Sydney's rule of the game persist, particularly outside the New South Wales capital.

Coaches, not subterfuge, are the finals X-factor

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Roy Masters 'They obviously want an all-Sydney club grand final,'' one NRL club official texted immediately after the Sea Eagles' controversial victory against the Cowboys a week ago.

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ASADA wants access to mountain of ACC evidence

Bad sport

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.

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The more things change, the less they stay the same in three decades

Roy Masters David Gallop has held the NRL's top job for a decade but there has been a revolving door in clubland, with a record number of club chief executives and coaches exiting in the past two years.

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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Gallop and commission at loggerheads over billion-dollar baby

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Roy Masters Relations between the new ARL Commission and the administration of chief executive, David Gallop, risk becoming dysfunctional, with some commissioners holding private meetings with stakeholders.

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Expansion connected to new TV rights deal

Roy Masters Strong interest by broadcasters in a second Brisbane team may prompt the ARL Commission to ask TV networks to lodge a separate rights bid for an 18-team competition.

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Loyal servant's departure won't be lamented by all

Roy Masters Less than a week ago, a TV network boss asked me bluntly: ''Who runs rugby league?'' He was seeking answers to the powerbrokers with whom he should negotiate the upcoming broadcast rights.

Out of favour, out of friends

Mr David Gallop

Roy Masters God so loved the world, he didn't send a committee. He sent himself.