I don't think this clarification of Legal status of the Leagues is the last we will hear about it, in fact its possibly the opening salvo in what will be the first push from the RFL for Leagues to nail their colours to the mast.
Clearly MOU's and Operational Rules are powerful documents in all of this and it looks as though the RFL are now gearing up for a definitive answer from the Leagues as to whether they are part of the RFL and their jurisdiction/control etc, or they are not.
Their is some considerable intent within the following also.........................
In the event that a League/Management Group/Competition refused to sign up to the Operational Rules, it was agreed that they would no longer be recognised as a sanctioned Rugby League competition and would lose the associated benefits as follows:
Protection under any RFL policy, including safeguarding.
Strategic development and administrative support from the Governing Body.
Insurance for the teams within that Competition. This would include cover for all match officials officiating in that competition or any games sanctioned by that Management Group.
Membership of the relevant Management Groups
Protection, support or liability cover in any litigation or court proceedings.
It was agreed that these amendments would be drafted into the Operational Rules for agreement at the meeting in July.
Worryingly this has never been conveyed to the clubs or Leagues officially even though the operational rules have now been circulated.
It appears as I state earlier there is more to come and its starting to smack of an exercise in which the RFL are starting to turn the thumbscrews prior to the end of 2013.
It will certainly be interesting to see how much of the noise made by members of the NCL management committee on here is nothing more than hot air and bravado, especially when it comes to the crunch..............which incidently does'nt appear to far away now.
Whilst the RFL might not be very good at understanding the needs of the game, what they are very good at are the politics and manouvering to put themselves in to positions to suit their overall needs, particularly funding.
Del Boy............I hope you have dusted off your tin hat and inserted those eyes in the back of your head, because for all the stuff you spout on here very soon you and the rest of the NCL crew are going to be in a tight corner courtesy of the RFL, what you do then will be very interesting.
I'm sure your stock answer will be..........."we represent the clubs and the clubs will decide", but we all know its not that simple given the RFL's current stance in wanting commitments from Leagues and where, in the RFL's opinion, it will leave them if they don't commit!!!
Edited by LordCharles, 01 August 2013 - 07:20 AM.