100-minute, four quarter matches? It could be a reality…
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The NRL is considering the introduction of 100-minute matches played over four quarters as part of some of the most radical changes to rugby league in history.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the NRL’s rules and competition committee floated the idea at its Moore Park headquarters last week in front of NRL chief executive Dave Smith, chairman John Grant, and veteran Brisbane Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.
Under the radical proposal, matches would consist of four quarters of 25 minutes with five-minute breaks in-between and a ten minute stoppage at half-time.
The changes would reportedly help increase revenue from TV networks due to the extended advertising breaks.
The newspaper also reported that the committee raised the prospect of increasing the interchange bench from four to eight, as well as expanding the league to 18 teams.
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