NRL CEO Dave Smith Quits After Failing To Secure $1.7 Billion Broadcast Deal

NRL CEO Dave Smith has resigned after three years in the top job, with the announcement expected to be made at 10am today. 

John Grant, the current chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission, has been named as the interim CEO.

More to come, but a quick glance of Twitter suggests there’s already a bit of outrage and speculation:

Smith apparently told The Daily Tele recently that he had no plans to quit, but they’re reporting that the breakdown in a $1.7 billion TV and digital broadcast rights deal led to his decision to quit.

A worldwide recruitment search for a new CEO is expected to be undertaken with the aim to hire someone before the start of next season.

Image: Matt Roberts via Getty Images.