NRL Season Opens Under Cloud of Coronavirus Uncertainty

The NRL is considering shifting its air travel to chartered flights.

The league is of the belief that the tactic would decrease the exposure of players and staff to coronavirus infection.

It would increase the cost for NRL clubs to take private, chartered planes. It is also conceivable that the virus does not differentiate between chartered planes and other planes, but as the coronavirus spreads, it would appear that erring on the side of caution is the proper error to make.

The NRL is proactively sending the most current information to the various clubs that uses the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and the government’s chief medical officer Brendan Murphy as sources.

It would seem a foregone conclusion that many spectators will avoid attending NRL fixtures. How many will take that route will be learned in the next few days, when the Telstra 2020 NRL Premiership competition begins, but there is also concern that in league, as in some other codes, games might be played to empty stadiums.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg was not willing to rule out that prospect, saying during a radio interview, “I certainly hope not. I think that would be pretty sad for fans and players. I hope it doesn’t get to that.”

Greenberg himself faces a different threat. He is under fire and his fate could be determined as soon as the end of the week. Greenberg seems to be on the wrong foot with V’landys and the top power wielders at the various NRL clubs and the fans, for various reasons, do not express much support for Greenberg.

As for any speculation we might express over the influence V’landys holds, all you need do is look back to the recent past and see what happened to Racing Victoria when they got on his bad side.