News.au can exclusively reveal that NRL chief executive Steve Tew has been named as one the world, business and media’s most influential men.
It’s been a busy couple of years for the 76-year-old.
He’s joined the NRL as chief executive of the club from 2018 to 2019, after a 12-year stint as chief commercial officer.
Tew also served as chief operating officer of the AFL’s Adelaide Football Club.
In 2016, he was named one of Australia’s most powerful people by the Australian Financial Review, and in 2018 was appointed chief executive and chief executive officer of National Rugby League Australia.
The former sports editor of The Sunday Telegraph was also a media advisor to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and to former Labor leader Bill Shorten.
Since joining the NRL in 2019, Tew is overseeing the NRL’s growth in global exposure, which he said was an “absolute blessing” for the league.
“The NRL is an amazing platform for young talent, and we’re working hard to get that in front of more Australians, including young Australians, at an unprecedented rate,” Tew said.
“This is a great opportunity for us to do that, and to build on what we’ve done with the AFL and what we’re doing with the NRL.”
Tew’s appointment follows the NRL releasing its 2018-19 NRL Power Rankings, which rank the top 10 clubs across the country.
Tew was also named the NRL Sports Personality of the Year in 2017.
On Monday, Tews announced the NRL would be expanding its international television deals to 20 countries in 2019.
A new partnership with ESPN and Ten in 2019 will allow the league to broadcast more games on the network.
According to the NRL, the deal will create around 200 jobs and support the league’s global expansion plans.
While it’s been an exciting few years for Tew, his involvement in the industry hasn’t gone unnoticed.
In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Tiw said he was honoured to have been named the Business Leader of the Future in 2017 and that he would continue to pursue his passion of football.
“It’s a very exciting time for me as a sports journalist and I look forward to seeing how our business continues to thrive,” Tiw wrote.
“I’m sure I’ll be honoured to be included in the next 20 years of the NRL business.”
And I hope that everyone reading this will be too.
“In an interview with SportsDay this week, Tswich said the new deal was a huge step for the NRL.
And while he was keen to focus on football, Twiw acknowledged the future was uncertain.”
In the next couple of decades the NRL will be in a position where the NRL is in a lot of ways the next big step for sport in Australia,” he said.
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