The Sharks’ Ben Barba (centre) was sacked by his club after allegations he assaulted his partner.
NRL's culture was once one of hyper-masculinity, but it has failed to change wth societal mores – it now finds itself out of step and in need of reform.
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.
NSW researchers found a shockingly high increase in domestic violence incidents following State of Origin matches.
A mix of alcohol, heightened emotions and toxic masculinity are to blame for surges in family violence perpetrated by sports fans.
The NRL’s controversial salary cap has clearly played a role in keeping the league so equal.
There is no major sporting competition in the world that has enjoyed such a run without crowning back-to-back champions as the NRL.
The Australian cricketers’ refusal to work is a potent form of player power, however the potential benefits may be illusory.
Professional sports is bucking major trends in industrial relations, such as a marked decline in both union membership and industrial disputes over recent decades.
Sports betting has become a high-profile part of the rugby league’s income and branding.
The NRL is trying to reduce its exposure to the integrity risks posed by spot-fixing.
Australian sport may only account for 1.6% of total household spend, but its macro impact on the economy is strong.
Australian sport will never have the commercial clout to bring the economy out of recession or solve a regional unemployment problem. But it is more than a fringe player in the economic game.
Even though the AFL has tried to gather support in the northern states its viewership is still in the codes’ heartland.
TV ratings for the NRL and AFL grand finals show its still a challenge to engage a national broadcast audience that covers non-traditional areas.
Understanding what makes a great leader depends upon the measure of success, which in commercial sport is brutally unambiguous.
The goal of identifying leadership attributes that translate into team success remains as elusive in sport as it does in other spheres of human endeavour.
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?
Try convincing Australian sports fans that Hawthorn’s dominance in the AFL is purely down to a cosmological coin flip.
Sport is by its very nature unpredictable, and that's why we love it.
Can the Cowboys do it again and win a back to back NRL grand final?
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The North Queensland Cowboys will be hoping to win back-to-back grand finals in this year's NRL. But what about that old saying on winning and losing?
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?
NRL players Aaron Gray and Dylan Walker suffered a life-threatening reaction to a combination of controlled drugs.
The use of prescription-only painkillers by athletes is hardly new, but debate about their (ab)use in Australia has recently been brought into focus by the emergency hospitalisation of South Sydney NRL…
Can the Cowboys player Johnathan Thurston shake the Dally M curse to beat the Broncos on Sunday?
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The Cowboys will have to deal with more than just the Dally M "curse" if they're to beat the Broncos in this weekend's all Queensland NRL Grand Final.
Roosters (here playing against the Rabbitohs in Sydney last Friday) are odds-on favourite to win this year’s grand final. But are they the really the best team to take out the 2015 title?
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Is it age or experience that counts in the teams challenging for this years's NRL Grand Final? Or do we need to look deeper into the game statistics?
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.
Australian Jarryd Hayne (right) is attracting much attention as he plays for the San Francisco 49ers against Dallas Cowboys in pre-season NFL game.
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Jarryd Hayne is wowing crowds and commentators with his play on the American football field in the US. His years in Australian rugby league may have a lot to do with his star performance.
Between then, Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch have significant media holdings.
Fear of a Foxtel-Ten partnership to acquire sporting rights is likely to worry the ACCC.
Watching the footy could be in for a change with point-of-view crowd shots and 360 degree vision.
How you watch the footy could be about to change if Australian sports can embrace the new technologies that online broadcasting can offer.