NRL 2020: How well is your rugby league club placed to survive the COVID-19 pandemic

The NRL has officially shut up shop for an undetermined time, as the world puts sport on the sidewalk, while it fights coronavirus

But for some clubs, the length of the season's postponement could determine their longevity in the competition.

On Tuesday, former premiership-winning coach Phil Gould said he fully expects clubs to fold under the weight of financial burden.

So how exactly is your club placed to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Representatives from all 16 clubs at the NRL season launch last month
Representatives from all 16 clubs at the NRL season launch last month Photo credit: Getty

They've returned from their temporary Gold Coast home and chief executive Cameron George says they will at least be self-sufficient in the short term. They have nearly 13,000 members and are bankrolled by long-standing New Zealand manufacturing company Autex Industries.

Considered the game's off-field benchmark, with $14 million believed to be in the bank, after reportedly amassing revenue of $52 million last year.

Believed to be owned by the Queanbeyan Leagues Club, who have six clubs and posted a $1 million profit last year.

Backed by the powerful Canterbury League Club, which has been forced to drastically cut costs, after restrictions were placed on licensed venues. Football club staff have been stood down, while the season is suspended.

The Sharks have begun to cull staff, including club legend Paul Gallen, but the Sharkies Leagues Club, which props up the football team, has $16 million in cash reserves and $25 million in development assets.

Privately owned by the Frizelle family, who have reportedly experienced tough times in the car industry, the Titans have reportedly made moves to ease the financial burden on the club by cutting staff.


Manly players
Manly players Photo credit: AAP
NRL 2020: How well is your rugby league club placed to survive the COVID-19 pandemic

In recent years, rumours have been rife hat majority owner Scott Penn, who is dealing with a $2 million tax bill last year, could sell. Last week, Penn said "all clubs would go under", unless the federal government stepped in.

Should be well-equipped to survive, after being independently valued at more than $30 million earlier this year, when Melbourne businessman Brett Ralph bought a stake to join Gerry Ryan, Bart Campbell and Matthew Tripp.

Owner The Wests Group has stood down up to 1200 staff and placed them on leave entitlements, after closing down six licensed clubs across New South Wales, but chief executive Phil Gardner says the football club is secure.

The Cowboys have been profitable in the past two years and had just unveiled a $293.5 million home ground - Queensland Country Bank Stadium - but the postponement may hit the club hard, after beginning work on a community, training and high-performance centre, expected to open before next season.


Mitchell Moses celebrates a try with some of his Eels teammates
Mitchell Moses celebrates a try with some of his Eels teammates Photo credit: Getty

Parramatta Leagues Club are the major financial backers and like every other licensed venue in the country, have been forced to close their doors. The leagues club posted $2.2m profit last year and have $70m in assets.

The Panthers' five leagues clubs have all closed their doors. Group boss Brian Fletcher has told News Corp that the clubs, along with the football club, are expecting a $40 million loss over the next six months.

One of the league's safest, with a league-high 28,413 members, as well as Russell Crowe and James Packer holding a 75 percent ownership. Retired legend Sam Burgess will get two weeks' pay, before being let go.

Partially privatised by WIN Corporation and appear to be financially viable. The Dragons also have 15,035 registered members, but will be relieved to also receive their NRL grant.

The back-to-back reigning premiers are well-backed by the Easts Group, whom last year posted $76 million revenue. Chairman Nick Politis, who made $290m in two months last year, is one of the game's heaviest hitters.

The Tigers are debt-free, but not helped by the closure of pubs and clubs, given they're backed by Wests Ashfield Leagues Club. The club boasts a net asset balance of $60 million and bailed out Balmain Leagues Club, after the entity went into voluntary administration two years ago.