DISCORD 2012: Edition 20
FORMER Queensland star Billy Moore made a proposal on ABC radio yesterday which deserves the widest possible audience.by NRL
FORMER Queensland star Billy Moore made a proposal on ABC radio yesterday which deserves the widest possible audience.
Moore, famous for the 'Queenslander' calls in the tunnel a couple at Origin a couple of decades ago, believes the interstate series has unjustly and unhealthily moved too far ahead of Test football in prominence and influence.
What he supported - after this writer pressed him to explain his ideas in greater detail - was something he labelled an "emissions trading scheme" for player payments at representative level.
That is, instead of Origin players being paid up to $50,000 a game under the new TV deal because the competition will be sold as a separate property, use Origin to prop up international football by paying players the same amount of money for Test appearances.
In other words, any NRL player who represents - say - Samoa gets paid the same figure as if they were playing for Queensland, directly out of Origin's coffers.
This will stop the "brawn drain" from developing nations to Origin, which in many cases is based on the cash available to wear Blue or Maroon.
We here at Discord are pretty idealistic but even we wouldn't have the temerity to come up with such a fantastically idealistic proposal!
The fact it comes from someone so closely associated with Origin, however, gives it plenty of credence. Wonderful stuff from Billy.
THE less radical of us (less radical than Billy Moore) are just a little disappointed that the ARL Commission are selling Test match rights.
We've been told for 10 years that these properties belonged to the International Federation (and before that the International Board) and that one day they would be sold by that body with the money going back into development.
But, World Cups aside, it never happened and it still hasn't.
Assuming Billy Moore's ideas are too much to wish for, we should at least be hoping that international rugby league can develop funds for itself!
I'M told Penrith didn't use their free interchange on Saturday night when Tariq Sims was placed on report for his elbow to the face of Blake Austin.
Given the final margin as just two points, an extra man could have been quite handy for Ivan Cleary.
FEEDBACK time and Col, I'm with you. You said you'd love to see England have a win at international level. We desperately need England to win something soon. Hopefully it will be next year's World Cup.
Magpiemick said he hoped rugby league would be on the Australia Network which is currently dominated by AFL. Good point - that's what a lot of people in the Pacific see. We should be giving it away to them, as I believe we used to.
Here's this week's podcast: http://stevemascord.com/2012/05/17/white-line-fever-podcast-episode-25/
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