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The story circulating like buzzards in the southern skies above AAMI Park has been the talk of the town for some time.

Melbourne Storm, who have been dominant during the last few seasons in the National Rugby League, are in a state of transition after word sprung that they went over the salary cap.

The Storm won't be playing for points this season, but then again, here in the States the best teams in the NFL only play for wins, losses and draws.

But the impact has been intense. The likes of the Victorian Fraud Squad & the Australian Securities and Investments Commission are on it like an Easter Rabbitoh from South Sydney.

Sponsors have been lost. Community respect has been compromised and companies in Victoria and elsewhere have been torched by this.

The Melbourne Rebels are vehemently calling out the ringmaster, Mr. Brian Waldron, for potentially tainting their reputation even before the 2011 Super 15 season starts. TAB, Australia's main betting market, will be dishing out wooden spoon payouts by the forkful—up to $500,000.

But most importantly, a good deal of the fans have been lost. Fans who would have otherwise pac...

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