Australia rugby league chief quits as virus crisis deepens

The head of Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) stepped down with immediate effect Monday, as the top-level competition continues to reel from the COVID-19 crisis.

The NRL said “it has been mutually agreed” that chief executive officer Todd Greenberg would step down Monday “after reflecting on the needs of the game”.

The cash-strapped league, which pitches itself as part of Australia’s social fabric, has floated a series of unsuccessful schemes to get play restarted quickly — including isolating players on an island. After vowing to play on through the crisis, rhe season was suspended on March 24 after just two rounds as the government shut down all non-essential gatherings in a bid to stem the spread of coronavirus.

That has caused TV revenues to dry up and could threaten the existence of several teams and the financial viability of the league.