Sports Law Ledger - Monday 1 June 2020

‪Catchup on the latest sports law, integrity, and commercial news, updates, and alerts:


Integrity, Anti-Doping - Rugby League: Cronulla Sharks player Bronson Xerri provisionally suspended

The National Rugby League (NRL) has provisionally suspended Cronulla Sharks player Bronson Xerri under the NRL’s Anti-Doping Policy. The Provisional Suspension Notice asserts that Mr Xerri returned a positive A-sample.

Read report

What's next for the player?

Integrity, Anti-Doping - ASADA under fire for six-month delay on Bronson Xerri's drugs test result

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has come under fire for taking six months to notify Bronson Xerri he had tested positive to performance-enhancing drugs.

Read report

Integrity, Gambling - Police charge two men over Dally M betting sting

Detectives attached to 'Strike Force Mirrabei' have charged Joshua Wilson, 29, and Ben Trevisiol, 31, with using inside information to bet on an event and possessing inside information to communicate to others to bet on an event. It was Wilson's sports technology company, StatEdge, that ran the 'Dally M' voting for the NRL as part of a contract with the game.

Read report

Integrity - Latrell’s NRL battle intensifies as star fights $50k

The saga surrounding Latrell Mitchell’s battle with the NRL is set to flare up again, with the South Sydney star and his club ready to appeal hefty fines for allegedly breaking COVID-19 restrictions. Mitchell's club, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, have also launched their own appeal of a $20,000 fine by the NRL.

Read report

Integrity - The danger for sport post-COVID-19 with Sport Integrity Australia CEO David Sharpe

With Sport Integrity Australia opening to the public on July 1, new Chief Executive Officer David Sharpe talks about the dangers sports will face in the future in the latest episode of OnSide. Sharpe admits there are a “lot of challenges ahead”, particularly in the current COVID-19 climate.

Listen here

Governance - Rugby union: Rennie calls for end to infighting as he prepares to take on Wallabies role

Much has changed since Dave Rennie accepted the job, with Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle having resigned in April amid accusations that the first woman to hold the post had been bullied by "dark forces" on social media.

Read report

Governance - Netball: 2020 Season Set To Start August 1

The 2020 Suncorp Super Netball season will begin on Saturday 1 August with the league committed to completing a full 60-match season.

Read report

Governance - Netball NSW release open letter to NSW government

Netball NSW has released an open letter to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, calling for a pathway to return to sport as the state continues to loosen COVID-19 restrictions.

Read letter

Governance - NSWRL has not yet received permission from the Government to Return to Play for the 2020 Season

The NSWRL is hopeful that this will be received prior to 1 June 2020 at which time they will be able to advise when training can resume. 

Read statement

Governance - FFA boss Johnson says A-League hub will be in NSW

A day after it was confirmed the competition was seeking to wrap up the season with 32 games in 36 days, FFA chief executive James Johnson said the majority of the matches will be played in NSW in an isolation hub.

Read report

Governance - Basketball: NBL Season Update

“It is our intention to start our season after the AFL and NRL have completed theirs. The lifeblood of the NBL is its fans and basketball is a product for live fan entertainment and we will be doing everything possible to start our season in front of our much loved fans. We will continue to monitor the situation and work closely with the clubs and the Australian Basketball Players' Association (ABPA)."

Read statement

Governance - Rugby Union: Western Force confirm they're back, but only if RA competition gets green light

The boss of the Western Force believes an olive branch statement from Rugby Australia will help fix the fractured relationship between the game’s governing body and fans in the west but is not sure the domestic competition his side has been invited into will get the green light from broadcasters.

Read report

Governance, Athlete Relations, Immigration - Netball: International stars cleared to return

Five Suncorp Super Netball international athletes have been granted government permission to return to Australia from South Africa and England.

Read report

Governance, Athlete Relations, Commercial - Rugby Union: Up to 16 Rebels poised to quit

The future of the Melbourne Rebels is under a cloud with 16 players set to take up foreign contracts or considering their options as Rugby Australia has had to freeze all contract negotiations for next year with its major revenue stream ending this season.

Read report

Governance, Commercial - Cricket Australia's response to coronavirus pandemic creates concern for game's future

Cricket Australia's insistence that state associations accept 25 per cent cuts to their grants has already resulted in more than 100 job losses around the country. This is on top of the 200 staff members stood down by CA. Retired Australian Test player and experienced sports administrator, Stuart Clark, said those cuts would be felt at the highest level of the men's and women's game.

Read report

Governance, Commercial - NRL’s goal to have crowds in July is ‘absurd and dangerous’

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) released a statement, with president Tony Bartone calling on the NRL to abandon its goal of having crowds in stadiums as soon as July, labelling it as ‘absurd and dangerous’.

Read report

Governance, Commercial - NRL: Brisbane expansion team Bombers could be ready to join in 2022

The NRL is eyeing expansion as early as 2022 with ARLC chairman Peter V’landys revealing plans to fast-track the birth of a second Brisbane team to “dominate” the Queensland market.

Read report

Governance, Media Rights - Basketball: WNBL locks in season, broadcast deal is next

Basketball Australia announce the next WNBL season will begin on November 20 — about six weeks later than usual — and that its eight teams will play each other three times before finals commence on March 12 and a grand final series between March 25-31.

Read report

Governance, Media Rights - Soccer legends propose FFA dump Foxtel for Netflix-style service

Some of the bigg