The National Rugby League could hardly have chosen a better time to begin discussions on free-to-air television, cable television, and radio rights for the game.

Today five teams are in equal top spot in the NRL premiership with 12 points, and behind them are six teams all on eight points. This is as close, and as unpredictable, a premiership race as I can recall.

The timing of such an unpredictable, and even, premiership race is superb and it will get even better when we have the opening State of Origin game in three weeks time.

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