To our international friends who may have not heard the news, (I do not know to what extent the world has noticed), the biggest Australian sport story for the last couple of days, has been the revelation that the Rugby League Football club the Melbourne Storm, have been running a double set of books and have been secretly paying their players over the set salary cap, to the amount of nearly two million (Australian) dollars, over the last five years.
(They were the wining top team in last year’s national competition).
Well what a Football Storm [in a tea cup], we have in Melbourne, (Victoria). It seems that they have been tilting the ‘level playing field’ to their monetary advantage, making the opposition run up hill.
Some questions come to mind. What is the bargain bribing price (or how much do you have to pay) to purchase fiscal integrity? Could this be seen as the money equivalent of illegal performance enhancing drugs?
And I wonder; what would have been the news this week, if there was no volcanic ash and no double set of books?
Seriously now; to what extent or to what potential, do you think that commercial interests pollute the intended purity of sport, when money is one of the reasons the players are on the field?