Podcast #32 – Are Administrators Paid too Much, The State of Rugby and a Retiring Hockey Umpire

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ON this show we have one guest, a man who has umpired over 200 hockey internationals but has sadly now retired, Murray Grime. Murray has always been an umpire never afraid to make the hard decisions and as a result officiated at 4 Olympic Games, 2 World Cups and 6 Champions Trophies. Today we look back on his long and illustrious career and discuss his plans for the future.

In our topics under discussion Ashley questions are sports CEO’s paid to much in comparison to the athletes they are there to serve. The news that Danni Roche who is challenging John Coates for the Presidency of the Australian Olympic Committee is prepared to donate her, if successful, $750,000 a year salary back to the athletes made us look at the salaries of other CEO’s and whether it is commensurate with the athletes they are employed to administer.

John looks at the state of Super Rugby and how expansion was the biggest mistake the game could have made and how it is now paying a heavy price. The knock-on effect has been devastating research from Roy Morgan recently published shows that the number of regular participants aged 14 and older in rugby union has dropped from 148,000 in 2001 to just 55,000 in 2016. That’s a massive decrease of 67%. Softball, baseball, squash, badminton and table tennis are now all above rugby union in terms of the number of participants in Australia. Will the Western Force be the team to go as news reports are claiming or will another team be relocated to Perth?

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Podcast #32 – Are Administrators Paid too Much, The State of Rugby and a Retiring Hockey Umpire
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