Broncos coach wants higher pay for players

IAN MCCULLOUGH
Last updated 15:03 23/08/2012

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Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin has urged the ARLC to ensure NRL players are the first to benefit from the new billion-dollar broadcast deal.

This week, the ARLC agreed on a new lucrative five-year deal with the Nine Network and Fox Sports, and Griffin said it is important that not only the game's superstars are looked after, but also the lesser lights, many of whom are not earning six-figure salaries.

"I've read this week that that we're worth more per minute to Channel Nine than what the AFL is in their bid," Griffin said in Sydney on Thursday.

"But our salaries don't reflect that. As far as rugby union and AFL go, we are still third on the list as far as salaries go, but we are making top dollar in television deals."

Griffin fears that unless more is done to improve the pay of young players, then there's a danger they could be lost to the game.

"Something has to be done to line it up," he said.

"I am talking from a Queensland point of view. A young guy can get an apprenticeship in the mines and earn $120,000.

"We're asking them to become an elite sportsman and play in those games that generate the highest TV dollars in any code in Australia and you want to pay them $60,000 minimum.

"There is a disparity there that we need to fix up first before we do anything else."

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