James Horwill (77)
They certainly do. They pay $110K per annum for the referees. I think given the standard of refereeing I witnessed this year, the clubs are entitled to ask what ROI they are getting.
SRU also pay the ABC around $120K per annum for the SS to be televised.
Sorry, I should have been clearer.
I was querying whether the salary costs could have been the referees. I'm guessing from your response that they're not and referee costs are listed separately.
Without more money to have more referee training, how do you make them better?
Refereeing should generally reflect the professionalism of the competition (because it should receive about the same attention as the playing/coaching/everything else).