1 Feb 2013

NT govt ends Brumbies agreement

6:12 am on 1 February 2013

The Northern Territory government is ending an agreement with the Brumbies to stage a trial rugby union match each year, saying it's not worth the money considering it gets so little exposure.

NT Sport and Recreation Minister Matt Conlan on Thursday said the government would not continue its three-year contract with the franchise which is based in Canberra.

"When it comes to sport in the Territory, I want to get the best bang for Territorians' buck," Conlan said.

"While the Northern Territory has enjoyed a good relationship with the Brumbies, we simply can't justify paying $A300,000 for a trial game with no television coverage or national exposure," he said.

He cited high debt levels left over from the previous Labor administration, which left office in August last year, as the reason for the axing of the agreement.

"The Territory government wants the big games," he said.

AAP reports this is not the first time the government in the NT has ended funding for a sporting event.

In October, the government cancelled the 2013 Arafura Games, saying the move saved taxpayers $A3.5 million.

The Brumbies are scheduled to play the Western Force in Darwin on Friday night.