The Crash Ball Podcast - Episode 2 - Green and Gold Rugby
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The Crash Ball Podcast – Episode 2

The Crash Ball Podcast – Episode 2

It’s back! 

The podcast that shocked the world has returned for another week, tackling the Reds, the Force, Super Rugby future and the Penrith Emus saga.

There’s even a special guest that joins Hugh and Alan for one of the segments.

Get it while it’s hot…

  • Braveheart81

    Tax concessions would be great but seems pretty unlikely given the overwhelming majority of professional sportspeople in Australia play their entire careers here (AFL and NRL).

    • John R

      I think France has a scheme similar.
      Like a tax grant for people in the entertainment business. You’d assume the majority of their sports folks would play the majority of their careers in France as well?

      It’s a fair point though. From a federal perspective the ‘business case’ probably wouldn’t stack up

      • Braveheart81

        A lot their pro sportsmen would be football players who do have a significant lure to play in foreign leagues.

        Politically in Australia it wouldn’t go down too well if you basically said that every AFL player was going to get a huge tax windfall at the end of their career.

        • John R

          Would go down about as well as the Brumbies did against the Crusaders last weekend.

        • Huw Tindall

          Nobody is going to pay Buddy Franklin to play AFL in France.

        • Braveheart81

          That’s the point. The tax incentives that have been allowed overseas have been designed to reward people who spent their entire career playing domestically. They are generally in countries where there is a strong lure to go overseas.

          In Australia a lot of our highly paid sportspeople have no option to go overseas but under a tax incentive like that they’d then be rewarded at the end of their career for staying in Australia the entire time despite never having a realistic option to do anything else.

          Hence why I think it is highly unlikely we will ever see anything like that here.

        • Huw Tindall

          Unless we can restrict it to certain sports or indeed other occupations like musicians in the Irish example. It’s a win win as Matt R points out – you either get $0 in tax from Scott Fardy playing in Ireland or a discounted (but still decent tax intake) from Scott Fardy playing in Australia. A cheeky 10% tax rebate or something would be very nice incentive to stay!

        • Well, Ireland has Gaelic Football and Hurling which are as stupid as AFL and they managed to get the scheme in.

        • Bakkies

          It used to be that Irish players got tax concessions back when they retired. They changed it as what was happening wasn’t working. Too many players were staying past their prime and blocking routes for young players. Munster was a prime example as they were expected to lose at least eight test class players around the same time. It became like the Australian test Cricket team used to be. Hard to get in then you find yourself in your mid to late 20s with a short time to get start so you can a decent pay rise on your next contract.

          Donnacha Ryan is a good example he was stuck behind Paul O’Connell, Donnacha O’Callaghan and Mick O’Driscoll had bad injuries at 33 he is able to get his tax break and retire overseas so he doesn’t have come back at 35 to retire which will block opportunities for the next young talent to come through.

        • We’re about to give tax breaks to frikken banks – I reckon we could squeeze in a few sports people!

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