Now we’re saying we want something like a salary cap to try and protect the Super 14 franchise with the smallest commercial base in Australia (that’d be us).
Given the spectacular non-success of salary caps (without a draft to support them), and the self-interest of the richer unions, I think our chances of getting the cap are between buckley’s and none.
So let’s look down the track shall we? With rugby’s every-growing corporate stature Brisbane, Sydney and Perth business keeps backing truckloads of cash to the Brumbies players doors. In three years time we’re back to a team of misfits and rejects, only this time talent keeps walking out the door instead of building (think the Raiders).
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And then Melbourne puts it’s hand up to host some Brumbies games, with all sorts of sponsorship deals for Brumbies players in Melbourne.
I think we can see where this is going can’t we?
The problem is there aren’t very many major head-offices in Canberra. And they’re the sort of things you have to have, to do these kind of sponsorship deals. There are only four cities in Australia with a genuine head-office corporate culture. That’s Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane. If it’s any consolation Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin don’t cut the mustard either.
It was fun while it lasted.