Rugby league's summer from hell had the potential to cost the game hundreds of millions of dollars in lost broadcast revenue, according to NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg.
The claim was made in Greenberg's affidavit tendered to the Federal Court during St George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin's fight against the NRL and ARL Commission to be reinstated.
De Belin was sidelined under the game's "no fault" stand down policy after he was charged with aggravated sexual assault.
He has pleaded not guilty.
His arrest in December was one of the most high-profile incidents during the game's tumultuous summer marred by a string of negative headlines.
Justice Melissa Perry is expected to hand down her judgment in the next fortnight with de Belin's career hanging in the balance.
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