I really think that Dalts is just rattling his can to make sure he’s funded properly in the next round. He will be in Auckland or Wellington if they successfully defend. I think he doesn’t want a repeat of 2003 where EB bought a solution. With rumour floating about EB return he needs funding straight after to keep Kiwi talent. Maybe the nationality rule needs to be hammered down harder.A big problem for GD, in my guestimation, is that Emirates is like most airlines bleeding $Billions during the pandemic. And Matteo di Nora is not as fat a cat as to be willing to make up the shortfall.
The HVA guarantees (right?) that ETNZ can keep their newly-repurposed on public funds, Crystal Palace if they win. That must be a cost-factor in favor of staying in AKL... unless someone dangles a rent free facilities and maybe rent-free accomodations too, elsewhere. Venues like Dubai may also have income tax advantages for the likes of GD.
US NFL teams are pretty ruthless about moving to where the money is, the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas being a recent example. The money guys (like GD) put a much higher priority on profits than on (city) nationality. It’s just the brutal fact of commercial sports, which is GD’s and so therefore ETNZ’s model.
If GD really wanted to attract more teams (why would he, but anyway..) then he’d be on the phone to the likes of TT and EB and whoever-else, not f’ing Dubai..
Also costs need to be kept down with a wage cap and one boat per syndicate. You should be able to run a successful campaign for 100 Million USD
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