James Packer and Nick Politis bury hatchet after decade-long friction

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Two of the biggest business figures in Australian sport, James Packer and Nick Politis, have ended their years-long stand-off.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the falling out has been linked to several things over the years, including Packer’s decision in 2014 to buy into South Sydney – a club Politis despises.

Politis is also close to former Nine Entertainment chief executive, David Gyngell, who Packer had a very public dispute with on a Bondi street, also in 2014.

(From left to right) Mark Bouris, David Gyngell, and James Packer. Photo: The Daily Telegraph.
Nick Politis (far right) has been one of the most powerful men in rugby league for decades. Photo: Justin Lloyd.

Packer and Politis used to be close friends and fellow Roosters board members. Politis served as a mentor to Packer as he learned the ways of the corporate world and was also close to James’ father, Kerry Packer.

High-profile businessman, Mark Bouris, brokered peace between Packer and Politis while the Roosters were in Los Angeles, on their way to their season opener in Las Vegas. Bouris made contact with Packer and a meeting with Politis was arranged.

After Bouris and Politis arrived in Las Vegas they met Packer at the Wynn Hotel, where Packer was staying; the three men had a coffee, reportedly lasting about an hour, cementing peaceful relations between them yet again.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

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