Category Archives: Sport – Rugby League

Is the NRL salary cap an “illegal cartel”?

I can only assume that op-ed pundit/pop historian Peter FitzSimons must have been wrapping his trademark red vanity hijab too tightly around his head and cutting off the blood supply to the brain.  It is the only plausible explanation for … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Sport - rugby, Sport - Rugby League | 3 Comments

Manly and Collingwood

The two finals for the oval ball codes do not just share a weekend this year. Two of the finalists – Collingwood in the AFL and Manly in the NRL – have the undisputed status of being “the team everyone … Continue reading

Posted in History, Sport - Rugby League, Sport-general | 6 Comments

The truly national footie code?

I grew up playing rugby union and rugby league in northern beaches Sydney.  But you couldn’t call rugby (union) Australia’s national game, especially after tonight’s depressing tryless loss by the Wallabies to Ireland.  A top class rugby game exhibits all … Continue reading

Posted in Sport - rugby, Sport - Rugby League, Sport-general | 28 Comments

Of billionaires and sporting superstars

I was contemplating writing a post about an ignorant, self-interested op-ed by billionaire mining heiress Gina Reinhardt until I asked myself the question: what’s the point?  It’s a question whose answer increasingly constrains my blogging output after almost 9 years … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Sport - Rugby League | 16 Comments

Why is the individual talent premium so much higher in the AFL than the NRL?

After a year of reading about relative salaries in different sports, salary cap breaches, player unrest and defections in the NSW press, I only just learned that the salary cap in the AFL is $7950000 compared to the NRL’s $4100000. This set … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Sport - Rugby League, Sport-general | 12 Comments

Shaking and Stirring, the basket weavers strike back

Balmain is not  just the city of basket weavers it is also a place to find thinking drinkers and binge thinkers. Put this in your list of favorites. Shaken and Stirred, the brainchild of Parnell McGuinness and Leonie Phillips, is a … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Education, Food, Life, Sport - Rugby League, Terror | 1 Comment

League ’08 preview. Lyon the key

Getting back to the basic things that really matter. If the Manly Seaeagles are to fulfull their promise as the favorites for this event, and defeat the reigning champions, the Melbourne Storm, the Manly pivot Jamie Lyon holds the key … Continue reading

Posted in Sport - Rugby League, Uncategorised | 2 Comments