The deal is done. They've no leg to stand on. imo
And the Thunder, by having a hissy fit have virtually guaranteed the Giants and their wealthy supporters will throw an extra wedge of $heet$ at the ground signage. It'd cost 'em 50-80k just to cover it all up.
You were on the money Beau! nice one.
GWS board member Jimmy Bartel has slammed BBL franchise Sydney Thunder over a naming rights dispute for the ground shared by the two organisations.
GWS announced last week they’d reached a deal with the Royal Agricultural Society to have the Sydney Showground known as Giants Stadium, in a deal that’s being funded by anonymous private donors.
But Sydney Thunder, who use the ground in December and January for the BBL, have reportedly baulked at playing at a ground named after an AFL club.
News Limited reports Cricket NSW, on behalf of the Thunder, are reluctant to embrace the Giants Stadium name, and would only change their minds if more money was on the table.
Speaking on Macquarie Sports Radio, Bartel said the Thunder are being shortsighted.
“They’ve got their nose out of joint because they feel like they’re giving a free kick to AFL,” Bartel said.
“This is a little bit of grandstanding on their behalf.
“I get you’re sticking up for your sporting franchise, but the fact is they did none of the legwork in raising this money.
“The Giants have gone above and beyond and done this.
Bartel pointed out that the ground’s operators, the Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) had agreed to the name being in place all year round.
"The Royal Agricultural Society have ticked this off so the Thunder can't go and get another sponsor for their two months of the year.
“At the Giants, we’d be more than happy if you don’t want to accept the big fat cheque that we’re writing out for you.
“You can hand it back it you like, I’m sure we can spend it elsewhere.
The Brownlow Medalist accused the Thunder of childish behaviour, arguing that they weren’t going to be receiving additional money elsewhere.
“You’re just throwing the toys out of the cot here. You’re only there for two months of the year, now if you want to call it something else then go ahead, but any of the stadium naming is still going to remain Giants Stadium.
“If they’re going to squabble over an extra $50-$80K, they’re just being greedy. The amount of money we’ve been able to get for them, for two months of the year, is more than they were getting from Spotless or from any other corporate of business partner.
“And here’s the problem for them, they can’t go and sell it off for two months of the year anyway, because we’ve already got the deal.”