The rugby league is awaiting a government decision on emergency funding, which is expected in the near future. However, it is felt that more needs to be done in the game to ensure that the sport and its clubs make the financial adjustments necessary to survive, regardless of Westminster’s decision.
The Guardian has learned that the top 12 clubs are preparing pay cut proposals which should be sent to players by the end of this week. With the prospect that the season will be suspended for a long time, he has left many clubs with no revenue from revenue and sponsorship which, for some, is necessary to stay afloat.
The Super League did not send in a competition-wide salary reduction proposal, but the clubs instead formed their own packages based on their individual financial projections. It is believed that at a recent meeting, the clubs agreed to all try to work at 10% of each other.
Clubs take such a long-term approach not only because of the immediate cash flow problem the sport faces, but also because of the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic if and when the season finally begins again.
“With an economy that is likely to be in trouble for a long time, and huge unemployment expected in the northern and working class regions – which is indeed our base of support – the idea of people who fork for two games a week is fanciful, “said a Super League. said the executive.
This has led clubs to determine that any implemented wage cuts – which will begin immediately, with a drop in players’ salaries in April – will need to be in place for at least the entire contract year in progress, which will end November. . The feeling in many meeting rooms is that it may take the rugby league years to recover before the crisis begins.
There have even been calls from some clubs about a discussion on lowering the salary cap to ensure the long-term future of the game, although it is understood that this seems unlikely at this point. The Guardian also understands that the clubs have collectively agreed to take a stand against any player who attempts to initiate legal proceedings following the cuts, effectively agreeing not to sign the player if he becomes a free agent in the future.