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11 February 2009

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Chuck Norris says - Amen, Kurt. Chuck wonders who is going to do the announcing for ABC?

If there is an announcing to be done, Chuck hopes the presenters are chosen wisely.

The "voice" of rugby needs to complement the game and the players and the event in San Diego.

Let's get this right too.

Chuck,

Bet you a fiver that Nigel will be taking credit for all this in his next blog. What say you?

Chuck Norris says - hey man, you may be on to something. Perhaps you can ask him at Petco?

It's nice to know that our fearless leader was taking on the daunting task of collecting information about the state of rugby on Waikiki beach. A massive undertaking after an arduous week at a resort in Japan.

Chuck,
I got 5 that Roberts has a few calls in to ABC. One call concerning potential leads for the roaming gnome and another 3 or 4 establishing that the Chairman of USA Rugby will expect to be filmed multiple times while sitting next to Kiwi Rugby dignitaries during the matches. Special directives such as "His left side is his best side - wait until he clears the left nostril - and he will strike the thinkers pose on the half hour"

So ABC and Bridgestone. Why is a privately run enterprise attracting better sponsorship and visibility than Lovemarks?

Because Roberts is a rugby fraud. He wasn't wanted in the NZRFU at the end after gaining a board seat because he was the COO of Steinlager, who was a major NZRFU sponsor.

Nigel Melville, Kevin Roberts and their pretend board need to haul ass and give US rugby a fighting chance to bail ourselves out of the mess.

Jon Prusmack for chairmen.

This is an interesting point. What is the value of rugby?
The human value of the sport is seen in a good television production, where you can see expression,pain, and elation.

What is the value of watching cars race in a circle?
This comes from the incessant blabber and flashy clips.

It shouldn't compare to the human element.

ABC should get this right. They have done a nice job editing and commentary for other specials like these. I hope they promote the human element and beauty of facial expression in pain and elation. In times such as these, the human element and struggle becomes more compelling. USA Rugby has failed in the past to promote the human element which other National teams were successful with. Lets not forget what ABC did for women's soccer. If this comes off, this one hour blip will do more for rugby than Kevin Roberts will do in his lifetime. Even if it fails to produce - it still does more than Kevin Roberts will do in his lifetime.

USA 7s has paid a lot of money to put the 7s on TV. They have some deep pockets and have generously invested in the game and tournament. When they turn a profit it will define rugby's commercial value. Right now they are paying money to make money and have not come close to covering their costs.

I think it is great that they are making this effort for the game, and I do believe that a private operation is better, but if USAR went and lost $500k/year but got rugby on ABC what would the members think?

USA 7s has paid a lot of money to put the 7s on TV. They have some deep pockets and have generously invested in the game and tournament. When they turn a profit it will define rugby's commercial value. Right now they are paying money to make money and have not come close to covering their costs.

It's nice to know that our fearless leader was taking on the daunting task of collecting information about the state of rugby on Waikiki beach. A massive undertaking after an arduous week at a resort in Japan.

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