A friend helped me get my blog post brought to the attention of the New Zealand Herald. They ran this story titled Fans put hard word on NZRU over agent’s ticket charges on the day of the final autumn international against England.
The thing that got me about the article is that when Ms Faisandier from STIL was asked where all the money went she couldn’t say.
Ms Faisandier said she could not say what percentage of the money went to the rugby union.
She told me on email that it was “about 50/50”. Strange she wasn’t prepared to make the same claim to a national newspaper.
The other thing that struck me was that when NZRU were asked they didn’t have a clue either! I wish we could all run our businesses in such a haphazard manner where letting millions of dollars of potential revenue slip through our fingers wasn’t such a big issue.
NZRU commercial manager Paul Dalton said he could not say what percentage of the money gained by STIL came back to the rugby union.
This quote astounded me because the Herald also had this story where they indicate that the NZRU financial situation isn’t that strong at the moment.
The NZRU is on track to post a small profit this year, a much improved situation from the one predicted six months ago.
You’d think that if they were that broke they’d be wondering if they could have had some of the millions of dollars that have been added to All Black tickets in the UK over the last few years.
Oh yeah and we crushed England 32 points to 6 so it was an excellent day to be a Kiwi.