I feel like it would mean that all the sacrifices made during COVID have been forgotten about... COVID showed what a united game could achieve.
I'd hope like hell both sides are compromising on their positions - i.e., a true negotiation where neither side walks away happy, but they're both not too unhappy - to get the CBA squared away. The NRL needs to strike a careful balance between entertainment, player welfare and growth of the game - no small feat, but hopefully doable. On the other side of the coin, the players also need to be realistic that the NRL is (at the end of the day) a business and the game is bigger than the ~450 NRL players that play in any one year (e.g., NRLW, reserve grade, age group, grassroots, etc.). If they want to cry fowl about the risks they take in playing - they ought to think about the guys/gals playing park footy who also risk their careers each weekend playing the game they love (but without the pay-checks that come with it). If both sides are being reasonable and realistic with their positions, surely common sense will have to prevail in the end and they get to a result!