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NRL closes book on bet partner

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

    +2,125 /14
    When it comes to getting into bed with an official bookmaking partner, all bets are off for the NRL.
    The ARL Commission has confirmed it is almost certain to go into the 2014 season without a preferred wagering partner, perhaps ending forever such a relationship between bookmakers and rugby league.
    The development comes as Manly sponsor Centrebet has attempted to part ways with Manly, despite being contracted for next season.
    Negotiations between the NRL and Tom Waterhouse - on a deal reportedly worth $20 million over five years - unravelled earlier this year. While several agencies - including long-term partner TAB - expressed interest in taking up the vacant property, it is understood there have been no negotiations between the parties.
    ''We have not appointed another preferred betting partner and are unlikely to pursue such a relationship in 2014,'' said Paul Kind, the NRL's commercial head.
    The NRL has reviewed the category in recent months and concluded the financial return is not enough to offset the adverse publicity around sports wagering.
    It pulled out of talks with Tom Waterhouse following a backlash over his saturation coverage on the Nine Network early in the league season. While Waterhouse's role diminished the league will not seek a replacement.
    The same cannot be said of Nine, which is poised to unveil Sportsbet as its new official wagering partner.
    The Australian Financial Review revealed on Wednesday that the online bookmaker would replace Tom Waterhouse on a deal reportedly worth $40 million over four years.
    The value of any deal between the NRL and a betting agency is questionable for both parties in the current climate. Revelations the Australian Crime Commission had identified links between sport and underworld figures - with the potential for match-fixing - have clouded the code during the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's investigations of rugby league.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/nrl-closes-book-on-bet-partner-20131023-2w1q3.html#ixzz2iZq4RGN0
  2. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    Centrebet needs to find an equivalent replacement, then they could cut and run :idea:

    The Nein Sportsbet partnership is no different to the one that they had with Waterhouse :huh:

    The sooner the NRL start charging for their data and royalties for the use of each emblem etc, the more equitable these ancilliary relationships will be for the Clubs .
  3. Fluffy

    Fluffy Well-Known Member

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    Centrebet may want to rethink now as they will be allowed more time with the Manly which is what they originally wanted
  4. Masked Eagle

    Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

    +976 /0
    The best thing out of that is no Waterhouse on TV next year!!!!
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    • The Wheel

      The Wheel Well-Known Member

      +2,756 /88
      Isn't Waterhouse a Channel 9 'partner' rather than an NRL partner
    • Masked Eagle

      Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

      +976 /0
      According to the article they have jumped in whollus bollus with sportsbet. Means more Brian Fletcher but I can cop that if it means no Tom Waterhouse.
    • SeaEagleRock8

      SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

      +10,538 /214
      The blanket Waterhouse coverage at the start of this year was grotesque if not downright obscene. If the NRL has indeed responded to the justifiable backlash and have decided to distance themselves from the parasitic betting industry, then that is at least one tick to the new commission.
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      • Terry Zarsoff

        Terry Zarsoff Well-Known Member

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        I think the stench surrounding that punter 'Ay Dee' (or whatever he is called), who was spending a lot of time around 'brewsters training sessions during the finals might have something to do with it. Danny Dubya was onto this the other week. I think there will be a degree of innuendo surrounding the refereeing of that game for years to come. Not unlike 1972, but in reverse.
      • Ralphie

        Ralphie Well-Known Member Premium Member

        +2,936 /287
        I'll bet you $100 the NRL aren't distancing themselves. :p
      • CAMBO

        CAMBO Well-Known Member

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        What odds will you give me Ralphie
      • HappilyManly

        HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

        +19,018 /367

        Seems they took my idea - Sportingbet is the Sponsor on the 2014 Manly Jersey.
        Good to see that the Players will still have a Soniq boom on their behinds :)
      • wedgetail eagle

        wedgetail eagle Well-Known Member Premium Member

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