Sports need better government funding

Sports need better government funding
Tom Gilbert of the Cowboys looks on during their NRL match with the Bulldogs. (Image: Getty)
Brian Gaynor
Professional sports have become huge businesses, partly because of the massive revenue they generate from television and other broadcasting services. Australian sports have a huge advantage over their New Zealand counterparts because of the larger population and competitive television sector across the Tasman.For example, Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) is generating an estimated A$400 million (NZ$442.5m) from broadcasting this year, Australian Rules received A$367m last year, Cricket Australia A$282m and Rugby Australia $40m...

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