Talks between Super Netball players and Netball Australia have broken down over a new players’ collective agreement, according to the Australian Netball Players Association.
- Super Netball players are concerned about the lack of clarity over the game’s vision and finances, according to the Australian Netball Players Association.
- ANPA has called for mediation with Netball Australia, saying negotiations over a new players’ collective agreement have failed.
- ANPA told Netball Australia that players had assigned their intellectual property rights to the association.
The ANPA said players believed they had “gone over backwards” to make meaningful concessions, without Netball Australia having taken similar steps – they called for mediation to achieve a breakthrough.
The association said Netball Australia had rejected a players’ proposal which included among other details a true partnership between players and administrators, a hybrid revenue sharing/profit sharing model, fair and affordable minimum remuneration for players.
“We cannot, in good conscience, lock players into an unfair three-year deal that does not reflect their value and contribution,” ANPA said in a statement.
“What the players are saying is ‘we’d like to share the good times we helped build and we’ll share the risks when times get tough’.”
Among players’ concerns was a lack of clarity over the game’s finances and the strategic direction of netball.
Netball’s State of the Game report was published in 2020, making a series of recommendations.
These included establishing an aligned vision for the sport, creating a high performance taskforce that improved diversity and aligned player pathways with the elite level, and defining the commercial role of its Super Netball competition.
ANPA said netball needed “a true partnership with its players, a clear strategy and financial transparency”, as the report recommended.
“We ask all netball sponsors, broadcasters and supporters to understand the reasonable and modest position of the players and our desire to be true partners in the sport.”
The players’ association also said it had informed Netball Australia that the players had assigned their intellectual property rights to ANPA.
“We will now meet with stakeholders to discuss the management and use (of intellectual property rights) until a new CPA can be agreed,” ANPA said.
Netball Australia has released a statement expressing frustration with the ANPA’s stance.
“Netball Australia and the (Super Netball) clubs are not opposed to mediation, but we are concerned that commencing the process at this late stage will prolong this already lengthy process and continue to delay the stability and certainty sought by all parties. games,” Netball Australia said.
“Under the latest offer, Netball Australia would increase its investment by $1.275 million – a 20 per cent increase over the entire three-year deal – in addition to the earning potential of a partnership model with profit sharing.
“This makes no prediction of a significant increase in revenue from the sport in the short term, given that the current broadcast agreement runs until 2026.”
Netball Australia said under the proposal players would receive an increase in their base salary of nine per cent over three years – and the salary cap would increase by three per cent.
Players would also receive a share of Netball Australia’s profits generated by the Super Netball league for the first time.
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