Rugby League Third Party Agreements
Third-party agreements are used with the salary cap to ensure that high-level players can play for the club. TPAs allow the club to offer a large amount of money, some from third parties that are not counted below the ceiling. Now we are all aware of Sydney Rooster`s infamous reference about sombrero`s salary. The thing is, I think, that TPAs are used to manipulate the system. Obviously, some clubs have much better access to wealthy third parties than other clubs. There are a number of different TPAs – including motor vehicles, entire game sponsors, COMMUNITY agreements and opposing agreements – but private sector length agreements are what is traditionally most contested by fans. The total number of agreements also increased from 205 to 172. The NRL is one of the few major leagues to implement a salary cap in a sport that has competing leagues in other countries, where there is no salary cap or a much higher cap per club. As a result, a tradition has developed where Australian players move to Europe, where salaries were much higher for the elite and even for average players. The NRL decided to continue with the cap, convinced that any reduction in the quality of the sports product due to the loss of these players is less than letting richer clubs dominate.
In practice, the goal of parity has been rather successful, with eleven different clubs winning the championship in the 15 seasons between 1998 and 2015. In 2008, the departure of Mark Gasnier and Sonny Bill Williams, two stars of the elite, made an appeal to the French rugby match, raising the ceiling. Australian Rugby League players had suffered a 27% pay cut since 1999, while other Australian athletes had experienced steady and, in some cases, explosive growth. Part of the debt was spread over the fact that media company News Limited owned the NRL 50% and was normally expected to offer rights to the Rugby League in Australia. As the owner of the game, News Limited was able to spread rights over itself with a discount, thereby reducing the total revenue the League could obtain for itself by selling media rights. This had a flow-on effect that reduced disposable income for players.  After the 2009/10 Rugby Union season, exchange rate changes meant that payments in European currencies were not as attractive and Gasnier returned to the NRL. Back in his native New Zealand, which turned out to be a successful attempt to play Rugby Union with the All Blacks, Williams returned to the NRL in 2013 to play for the Sydney Roosters. The Salary Cap auditor monitors each club`s salary cap throughout the year based on information provided by the clubs.
In addition, the Salary-Cap auditor can conduct investigations into player compensation in the event of anomalies.