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NRL matches could be split into quarters to boost TV rights income

The 2019 NRL Grand Final between the Canberra Raiders and Sydney Roosters (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

The Australian Rugby League Commission, the sport’s national governing body, is considering splitting matches into four quarters rather than two halves to boost future media-rights income.

Peter V’landys, the new chairman of the commission, is pushing for the move, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. The system of four quarters has only previously been used in non-competitive contests in pre-season to allow for water breaks during high temperatures.

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