The National Rugby League agrees to cut the salary of the players, at full blast to restart
MELBOURNE Australia National suspended Rugby League ( NRL ) has stated that it is in full steam for its May 28 restart after players agreed to 20 percent pay cuts for the shortened 2020 season.
Players will be guaranteed 80% of their salary in the 20-round season, which was reduced from 25 rounds due to the impact of the coronavirus .
It is full steam ahead for the resumption of the competition on May 28, Australia n Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys said in a statement on Tuesday.
All eyes will be on the NRL as the only live sport on television. There will never have been more interest in rugby league than on May 28.
The NRL, Australia 's most popular sport in the country's eastern states, has been desperate to resume competition and bring in revenue to ward off a looming financial crisis.
The season was suspended after two rounds in March, when travel restrictions and border controls were aimed at containing COVID-19 made it unsustainable.
The pay deal removes another hurdle for the NRL 's resumption after governments in the eastern states of Queensland and New South Wales cleared teams to travel between the states for matches.
State borders remain closed for non-essential travel.
The New Zealand Warriors, the competition's only non- Australia n team, were given special dispensation to travel to New South Wales on Sunday and are spending two weeks in quarantine at a regional town to secure clearance to play.
Melbourne Storm, the NRL 's only team in southern Victoria state, are to base themselves in Albury, a small city on the NSW side of the border with Victoria.
Victoria has not given Storm permission to train or organize games at its Melbourne base of operations.
The Storms were due to start training at Albury on Wednesday, but their plans were in doubt Tuesday due to complaints from the local government council, state media reported.
The complaints prompted the council to convene an extraordinary meeting Tuesday to decide on the storm's visit.
Local councilors said the state government did not consult them early enough, and one complained that Storm had used a sports field in the city that was prohibited to residents due to social distancing rules.
Having rules that apply to some but not others is a slap in the face to people who have done the right thing, Albury Deputy Mayor Amanda Cohn told News Ltd. media Tuesday.