DISCORD 2013: Edition Two

meprofileBy STEVE MASCORD

RUGBY league is getting $50 million from Tom Waterhouse. What would the salary for a fulltime integrity commissioner be? $150,000?

Discord is willing to go as far as to say that to accept this money from a bookmaker WITHOUT appointing a fulltime integrity commissioner would be reckless and irresponsible. Morally, it’s wrong to take the cash from betting without accepting the attendant responsibilities.

The Ryan Tandy affair was a salutary lesson in how dangerous punting can be to our sport. European soccer players being paid many times more than NRL stars have been tempted to cheat with big money at stake.

Horse racing and dog racing exist on the moolah that comes in from punters but they have stewards and rugby league does not. How far do we have to look around the corner to see a betting scandal that equals the Melbourne Storm salary cap crisis in scope and implication?

My point here is simple and doesn’t need paragraph after paragraph. The Independent Commission has delivered many of the things that the NRL needed as a major business but lacked.

This is another one.

If you’re going to get in bed with the devil …use protection and make sure it’s heat-resistant.

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IT’S interesting that Andrew Chalmers, the former chairman of the New Zealand Rugby League, looks like being involved in the new administration at Salford.

But having a club teeter on the brink with three weeks left before the start of the season is terrible. I hope there are no sanctions from the RFL as a result of the club’s financial difficulties. It seems a weird dichotomy that the governing body will help a club out of debt – but then dock them points for going broke.

Discord has no problem with clubs being held accountable for the actions of their fans because they have the power to lock out fans.

But fans, players and coaches have no power over incompetent administrators, do they?

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I’VE been asked for opinion on Kevin Sinfield being handed the Golden Boot. Please excuse me if I repeat myself in a few different forums on this.

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