Dave Smith Quits as NRL CEO
Dave Smith has resigned as the CEO of the National Rugby League. John Grant has been named the interim CEO.
“Rugby League is a fantastic game with wonderful people involved at every level and it has been a privilege to lead the game,” Mr Smith said.
“Together with the ARLC, the 16 NRL Clubs and the State Leagues we have made significant progress in modernising Rugby League and, having assessed our progress and year end position, it is clear we now have the foundations in place for long term success.
“We have secured the biggest free to air broadcast deal in our history, $1.6 billion for investment in Rugby League stadiums and a financial platform that includes a sustainability fund of $50m and a surplus of $100m that is progressively being invested back into the game, and a 48% increase in non-broadcast revenue.
“We are consistently enjoying record breaking Origin and Finals Series and we have grown significantly with more than 300,000 fans converted into club members; new pathways for elite, recreational and female players; the biggest digital profile and reach of any sport in Australia; and we’ve introduced some new products such as the Auckland Nines and World Cup Challenge.