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RUGBY LEAGUE WORLD MAGAZINE - ISSUE 401 - OUT NOW!
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In Topic: Salford launch Season Tickets

25 July 2014 - 10:35 PM

great news


In Topic: Israel Folau to switch

17 July 2014 - 11:35 AM

maybe he's trying to get a bigger deal from union


In Topic: State of Origin III

12 July 2014 - 06:34 AM

If the past NRL television rights deal was worth $1 billion over five years, the State of Origin series alone is estimated to be worth close to $150 million. The costs associated with Origin football have increased significantly in recent years, but so too has interest from fans and the revenue for Origin's key stakeholders.

PLAYERS

Players receive $30,000 an Origin game from the NRL, up from $10,000 in 2012. A Test match for the Kangaroos boosts their income by $10,000 a game.

Some players also earn money from Origin-related sponsorship, like Paul Gallen and Robbie Farah did through beer brand VB this year. Both Gallen and Farah have long-standing relationships with Carlton & United Breweries as its ambassadors.

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The players do not receive any contractual bonuses for winning an Origin series. Some of the fringe Origin players will have allowances for potential bonuses in their club contracts as incentives if they are selected to play representative football.

The players also receive four tickets to each Origin game for family and friends.

NEW SOUTH WALES RUGBY LEAGUE

The NSWRL decided to spend five nights in all three camps at the Novotel Pacific Bay Resort in Coffs Harbour for the first time this year.

It also had expenses relating to airfares and accommodation in Sydney, Brisbane and Coffs Harbour for players and staff that was in excess of $200,000 for the three games.

It managed to strike up local partnership arrangements in Coffs Harbour that effectively nullified the costs associated with moving its camp up to the state's north coast.

While it has been a successful move in helping bring back the shield south of the border, it is understood further commercial partnerships in regards to high performance for next year will ensure the NSWRL makes money out of its Coffs Harbour camps in 2015.

The NSWRL is responsible for all team-related costs such as the delivery of teams, camps and coaching staff. It does not receive a percentage of the ticketing and hospitality revenue, which goes to the NRL.

However it does receive the total revenue from sponsorship, which is worth close to $3.5 million between VB, GIO and NIB, who are all whole of game sponsors.

Both the NSWRL and Queensland Rugby League submit an annual budget to the Australian Rugby League Commission for a grant to cover their expenses, which increased this year.

While the NSWRL is waiting for the end of its financial year on October 31 to find out the exact figures, merchandising income is expected to have increased substantially as a result of the Blues' success.

"One way to gauge that is the interest in our website and social media pages, which has almost tripled in the last three months to what it previously was," NSWRL chief executive Dave Trodden said.

"If you draw a line through that and make an assumption, that shows there is an increased interest in the NSWRL, which will have an upward impact in all of our key numbers."

TELEVISION

Close to 12 million viewers around the country tune in to watch the State of Origin series, making it the largest sporting event in the country.

State of Origin is the anchor asset of the NRL, and it is understood to have been used as leverage during the television rights deal negotiations.

There was a suggestion the rights to the State of Origin series would be sold as a separate package, however Channel Nine and the NRL agreed to include it as part of the billion-dollar deal (which also included Fox Sports) announced in 2012.

"Because Origin is a seamless part of our season from a broadcast and sponsorship perspective, it's difficult for us to place a specific total value on Origin alone as part of that broadcast deal," NRL head of commercial Paul Kind said.

"From a revenue perspective, our focus is on premium sponsorship for state leagues and the Origin series, licensing revenue through licensed Blues and Maroons products and the event revenue from the three games."

NRL

The NRL collects 100 per cent of ticket revenue from all three Origin matches. Given both ANZ Stadium and Suncorp Stadium have their own members, the NRL roughly sells 60,000 tickets in Sydney and 45,000 tickets in Brisbane.

It is understood the NRL pocketed more than $20 million in ticket revenue alone this series, despite a substantial increase in ticket prices compared with last year.

It also gets 100 per cent of the sponsorship deal with Holden as the State of Origin series naming rights partner.

It recently managed to strike a multimillion-dollar deal, believed to be in excess of $2.5 million a game, with the Victorian government to play matches at the Melbourne Cricket Ground next year  and in 2018, in which it also receives 100 per cent of the earnings.

Close to 18,000 people travelled interstate to Melbourne in 2012 to watch an Origin match, which shows why the Victorian government is so keen to get a piece of the pie.

QUEENSLAND RUGBY LEAGUE

This series was the final year of the QRL's present deal with major sponsor AAMI (who has been involved with the QRL for 12 years), but they are in continuing discussions to potentially extend that deal.

It also have deals with XXXX (24 years) and apparel provider Canterbury (20 years) that expire at the end of the television broadcast deal in 2017.

Those deals are also believed to be worth about $3.5 million to the Queensland Rugby League.

While its agreement with the NRL is slightly different to the NSWRL, given it earns a percentage of corporate revenue, it also is forced to release a large portion of its Origin earnings back to the NRL, often seeking grants from the game to finance various programs.

"The majority of revenue goes back into the game," QRL chief executive Robert Moore said.

"We actually submit a budget for a grant from the game. You don't keep what you earn from Origin. It's rationalised and the majority goes back into the pot. We take a small commission from corporates, the rest of the ticket revenue goes to the game.

"Up here it's a joint effort between the QRL and the NRL in promoting the game. From a match perspective, we still have a lot of involvement in match day, we run it all and are heavily involved. There's been a growth from a financial perspective, but the key thing we need to understand is the effect Origin has on junior registration and membership. There's no better event to attract people to the game."

Queensland's costs are slightly higher than NSW in regards to airfares, given they generally have more players flying interstate for camp in the sunshine state.

LAURIE DALEY

With very little coaching experience when he was first appointed as NSW coach last year, the NSWRL took a gamble on the former Blues captain.

The NSWRL extended Daley's original two-year deal after his first campaign, and now that he has helped end Queensland's eight-year dominance, the NSWRL has begun making plans to secure Daley on a long-term deal. It is fair to say it will be a lucrative deal with NRL clubs starting to circle.

THE PRICE OF SUCCESS – WHAT IT COST NSW TO END A QUEENSLAND DYNASTY

Accommodation and food: $100,000
Airfares: $80,000
Equipment and clothing: $140,000
Travel expenses: $50,000
Player match payments: $1,530,000
Coaching staff: $600,000
Extras: $200,000
Total: $2,700,000


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In Topic: Russian Rugby League (Merged threads)

06 July 2014 - 08:25 AM

very sad if this is all true


In Topic: Scotland - Positive Coverage

27 June 2014 - 11:26 AM

nice positive read