The business model of the AFL and NRL is simple: attract a television audience, sell that audience to advertisers. To do that they need crowds.
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The two-referee system was introduced to improve the flow of the game. So where's the evidence to say dropping one ref would be any better for the game?
Several Pasifika rugby league players decided to represent the country of their heritage, such as in this match between New Zealand and Tonga.
The Oceania Cup allows rugby league players to represent the country of their heritage. Now we need to introduce training processes that better reflect and support cultural diversity.
Protocols are now in place to treat suspected concussions during NRL matches, but this wasn’t always the case in the league.
After a report found evidence of CTE in the brains of two former NRL players, the league is facing the possibility of a class-action lawsuit. Here's what former players would need to prove.
Referee Matt Cecchin at a match between the Penrith Panthers and the Warriors.
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It's not easy being a ref. Everyone's your critic, and you have to run more than 8km each match to keep up with the play.
Referee Jared Maxwell gestures during this year’s Round 5 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos.
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The data shows NRL referees get it right most of the time. So why do they still cop criticism?
A decision is referred to the video referee in this year’s game between Melbourne Storm and the Eels, at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne, June 15.
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A centralised video ref for next year's NRL season aims to reduce the dramas surrounding refereeing decisions in the game. But how often do the on-field refs get it wrong?
No 38 Jarryd Hayne tries to avoid a tackle as he plays for the San Francisco 49ers against the Dallas Cowboys during his third preseason NFL game in the US.
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Three down, just one preseason game to go before Australian Jarryd Hayne will know if he's made it play for the San Francisco 49ers in the competitive US NFL season.
Hawthorn fans watched the players train this week - everyone is a winner when it comes to the AFL grand final.
When the Sydney Swans take on Hawthorn at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday, it won’t just be AFL fans cheering. As Australia’s dominant sport competition, the AFL generates more revenue than any…