NRL CEO Smith quits

NRL CEO Smith quits

NRL chief executive Dave Smith has quit after three years at the helm.

Smith was expected to inform staff of his decision on Tuesday morning and a media conference has been called for 11am at Rugby League Central.

NRL commission chairman John Grant is set to take over as interim CEO.

Smith’s exit was linked to a breakdown in negotiations over the NRL’s lucrative broadcast rights and also a rocky relationship with NRL clubs.

The NRL commission was set to launch an international search to find Smith’s successor ahead of the 2016 season.

A former banker, Smith replaced long-standing CEO David Gallop before the 2013 season.

Earlier this year he came under fire for his handling of broadcast negotiations when he signed a few free-to-air TV deal with Channel Nine before an agreement was reached over the pay-TV rights.

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