In essence it is a non-legally binding extension of the unwritten agreement that was already in place between the Leagues and the RFL to work together as Partners to manage the move from a Winter to a Summer oriented season (once agreed by the League's Clubs) as detailed below ...
Or, if you prefer to believe the doom-mongering, the planet is flat, head in the sand, BARLA Cheerleaders on here it is more akin to this ...
To be clear.
The clubs voted for a switch to a March - November season, nothing else.
The MOU was never mentioned to the clubs by the NWC 13's - 15's Management Group or the RFL prior too, during, or for some considerable time after the AGM at which the vote to move to a March - November season was held.
To substantiate this, below is correspondance that was sent on the same day as the AGM was held that clearly shows the League's Management Group could have only had the MOU at some point during that day at the very earliest, if at all prior to the meeting.Matt Birkett wrote :When we met last week we discussed the draft League Licence. After working through each item on the form I took away your comments and fed these into colleagues who have been finalising the document.
One of your main concerns was the term “licence”, as you will see this has now been changed and now reads “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU). The two other comments you made were as follows:-
• Add the word “jointly” in Point 1 i.e. jointly agreed calendar. This hasn’t been added because it was felt that “agreed” meant the same thing, however if this concerns you I’m sure an additional word would be fine to add
• You asked does the word “rules” need to be in Point 2. The answer to this is yes, because not all the documents are policies e.g. Anti-Doping Rules, Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Rules.
I realise that your members will be voting tonight, therefore the decision affects this MOU, however I did promise to get it across when I received the final version.
If the vote does result in the league moving to a summer based competition (and your happy with the MOU), then I’d like to generate some PR for the league for the signing of this MOU – David Gent would sign this on behalf of the RFL. Nick Boothroyd would be willing to assist with this.
Also the following link is to the minutes of the June 2011 AGM meeting and at no point within them is there a mention of any MOU, its contents, or a vote for or against it.http://www.nwc13-15a...1-meetings.html
So you decide if the Member Clubs were aware of it and voted for it?
Edited by LordCharles, 05 September 2012 - 07:25 AM.