In a move that is in no way window dressing or tokenistic, those sensitive new age blokes at the NRL have finally dragged their sport kicking and screaming into the 20th century by appointing a sheila to their board of directors.
The new board member, Katie Page, is also managing director of Harvey Norman, a major sponsor of . . . wait for it . . . the NRL. This, she assures us, is not a conflict of interest because “That sponsorship is locked in and won’t come up for another two years. It’s done and dusted.” Of course. But hey, if thugby league wants to be taken seriously as an Australian sport, it should aspire to having Eddie Maguire levels of corruption like the AFL does, as well as the all-too-frequent sex and salary scandals. (OK, technically because of the way the NRL is structured there’s no actual conflict of interest, according to Crikey, but the whole thing is terribly cosy.)
Curiously, although Page is filling one of News Ltd’s three board positions (the other three going to the old ARL), her appointment was hardly reported in any News Ltd publications, aside from this snippet in the Courier Mail.
As a member of the NRL board, Ms Page can look forward to being pinched on the bum, fetching coffee and beer for the other board members and participating in the inaugural NRL board wet t-shirt competition.