Elstone set to take the reins at Super League
Robert Elstone, the chief executive of English Premier League soccer side Everton, is poised to take over as the chief of Super League, English rugby league’s top-tier competition, according to various reports.
He is set to succeed Nigel Wood, who announced his resignation as chief executive of Super League and the Rugby Football League, rugby league’s governing body in England, in January.
Wood will replace David Collier as chief executive of the Rugby League International Federation when he steps down in May.
He became chief executive of both the RFL and the top-tier Super League in 2007.
Elstone has been at Everton since 2005 having initially joined as deputy chief executive to Keith Wyness.
Before joining Everton, Elstone was on the board at Super League’s Castleford Tigers. He was also executive assistant to the chief executive at the RFL in the mid-1990s.
His other roles have included working as the director of football business affairs for Sky, the UK pay-TV giant, and as the director of the Deloitte Sports Business Group.
Elstone's experience at Sky could help Super League broker a lucrative new domestic rights deal when its present deal expires in 2021.
Super League is in the second year of its five-year rights deal with Sky worth £200 million ($279 million).
During his time at Everton, Elstone has a played a key role in the club securing a site for a new stadium in Bramley Moore Dock in Liverpool, in the north west of England.
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