NRL boss Peter V’landys fires again at Channel 9

One of many essential sticking factors in broadcast negotiations between Foxtel chief govt Patrick Delany and 9 boss Hugh Marks, apart from discussions about an extension, is the size of the this season.

Channel 9 would favor a shorter competitors in 2020 of about 17 weeks whereas Fox Sports activities need as many video games as attainable and can be comfortable for the competitors to run into November.

V’landys has tried to play the function of peacemaker however the sport’s head honcho seems to be accomplished with enjoying good and has vowed to not depart his workplace immediately till a contest construction for 2020 is locked in.

Nine chief executive Hugh Marks.

9 chief govt Hugh Marks.Credit score:Louise Kennerley

“We’ve got two completely different broadcasters – one has a special view to the opposite,” V’landys stated.

“Right now is D-Day for me. A choice shall be made as to the size of the season between the 2 broadcasters.

“We’ll meet our contractual obligation to the broadcasters however a choice needs to be made. The procrastination has been taking lengthy sufficient. A choice shall be made immediately.”

On the core of V’landys’ frustrations is a press release launched by 9 on Thursday night time, which is believed to have blindsided the sport’s chairman.

NRL players are waiting to return to competition in 2020.

NRL gamers are ready to return to competitors in 2020.Credit score:Getty

“Though we agree constructive discussions have been held between the NRL, 9 and Foxtel, we really feel it is untimely to be confirming a begin date at this stage,” a 9 spokesperson stated.

“There’s a nice will to work collectively to an end result however quite a lot of work nonetheless to do. A deal must be accomplished and the construction of the competitors locked [in], which importantly should embody the way it will function inside the health-and-safety requirements at present affecting the group.”

V’landys strongly opposes the notion that the NRL was risking the well being of the gamers or the group by planning to return on Might 28.

“Take a look at the info and the information,” he stated.

“Do not take a look at emotion and scaremongering and emotional rhetoric. You have to take a look at the information, and the information are for the final 12 days in NSW the an infection fee has been lower than 1 per cent. After we suspended play on the final around the an infection fee was 25.5 per cent.

“The well being specialists then stated we might play, so what’s the distinction? The distinction is that it’s a lot safer now, and it will be safer in 5 weeks than it ever has been … I feel folks have gotten to cease utilizing this alarmist language.


“We’ve got accomplished our negotiation with authorities, we’re making use of to governments and we’ll proceed to take action. It is 5 weeks away. Within the final 14 days our an infection fee has been lower than one per cent.

“We’re assured that it is secure. The danger is minimal to zero. Why should not we begin enjoying. Why are we going to rob our followers and gamers due to scaremongering and alarmist rhetoric?”

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