Super League Case Study

42 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2014

Date Written: June 1, 2003


This case study chronicles key issues in the history of the sport of rugby league in Australia during the past 20 years, with particular reference to the 1990s and the Super League era. The case provides an overview of the key events in the expansion of the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL), the rise and fall of the Australian Rugby League (ARL) and Super League, and the creation of the National Rugby League (NRL) in 1998. Four issues are introduced for analysis and debate: (a) the labour market for rugby league players; (b) an introduction to the financial aspects of rugby league in the 1990s and the NRL era; (c) public interest in rugby league, and (d) the role of the law and litigation in the recent history of rugby league in Australia.

Keywords: Case Study, Rugby League, Super League, Labour Relations, Competition Law

JEL Classification: L83, N87, K21, J50

Suggested Citation

Macdonald, Robert D., Super League Case Study (June 1, 2003). Available at SSRN: or

Robert D. Macdonald (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

University Square
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010

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