Dave Smith answered fans' NRL questions on Twitter on Monday afternoon.
NRL chief executive Dave Smith answered questions on all things NRL from fans on Twitter on Monday afternoon, under the hashtag #AskDaveNRL. Here are his answers from the Q&A.
Daniel Watson Hayes: "I'd like to know what strategies are in place to increase crowds & memberships? We could learn a lot from NFL, NBA."
Dave Smith: "We have just announced the biggest ever push on membership. Our target is to double membership by 2017."
Martyn Lawrence: "Do you (think) the Auckland 9s will be as big as the all star game has become over the last four years?"
Dave Smith: "Understand we've already sold 40,000 tickets - strong interest already. All Stars always very important too."
agrothedragon: "When will the #NRL & #REFS get it right..?"
Dave Smith: "ppl are always going to talk about refs. Make no mistake, we're investing in high performance. They are crucial to our game."
Matt (@Croz_au): "it would be beneficial for nrl to bring back reserve grade with all teams n few expansion teams in 2 conf system"
Dave Smith: "Major pathways project is near completion. Expect more focus on NSW and QLD cups, with a final btwn the 2 next year."
rossshaw: "Quality of games suffered greatly through Origin period in 2013. It was an 8 week deadspot. Needs lots of thinking for future."
Dave Smith: "Appreciate your views, an area we are concerned about too. We are looking closley at this for 2014."
Lise (@lise231x): "Please give us a 2014 Draw release date. Dedicated fans like me like the early draws to make travel plans."
Dave Smith: "Thanks - football dept working hard to complete. Understand how important this is to fans. Out by end of Nov."
Greg Smith: "As someone who attends near 50 games a year, how can we have bigger crowds to create a better atmosphere? Maybe double headers?"
Dave Smith: "Thanks for being such a wonderful fan @gregsmith22. We want a great community atmosphere and people to feel like they belong."
Studio Molk: "How do you de-stress after spending a day dealing with a crisis brought on player immaturity & stupidity?"
Dave Smith: "One of the highlights for me @MolksTVTalk has been meeting great players and role models. The positives are what matter."
Sarah Lord: "verify what is being done 2 help clubs such as @RaidersCanberra who sack players then go to another club nxt week?"
Dave Smith: "Integrity Unit was designed to ensure we protect player welfare and clubs. We're building stronger systems."
mark (@voodoorock): "why does the nrl help some clubs retain marquee names ie SBW roosters and hinder others who need it ie folau and eels?"
Dave Smith: "Thanks @voodoorock comprehensive review of cap near completion. It will address marquee player issues. Consultation process really positive."
jonnyforeigner (@j_foreigner): "Will the NRL sanction Ryan Stig and disassociate itself from any dealings with Anthony Mundine?"
Dave Smith: "Discriminatory comments are not welcome in the NRL. @awebstar1 courageously said it all on sat."
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