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Brumbies try to spin Melbourne move to the Canberra Times, less than re-assuring.

By johnboy - 1 May 2006 4

Yesterday we discussed the SMH’s “Exclusive” on the possiblity of the Brumbies moving to Melbourne. Today the Canberra Times has a reassuring opening paragraph.

ACT Brumbies boss Andrew Fagan has declared as “zero” the chances of Australia’s premier Super rugby team bolting from Canberra to chase Melbourne’s corporate moneypot.”

Wow, that’s conclusive isn’t it. Shame the weasel-words and get-out clauses flow thick and fast behind.

“As I sit here today there is zero probability, and all things being equal it will continue to be that way,” Fagan said.

And all things not being equal tomorrow?

The only way in which the Brumbies would ever leave Canberra would be if the organisation couldn’t afford to stay here,

So, if enough money was backed up to this “organisation’s” door in trucks bearing Victorian number plates, could they afford to stay here?

All they’re saying right now is they haven’t signed any contracts. As the Brindabella Mountains disappear from the logo, the letters “ACT” from all the material, and the merchandising moves further and further from the argent, gold and navy of the ACT into tones of charcoal and yellow, you really have to wonder how stupid they think we are.

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4 Responses to
Brumbies try to spin Melbourne move to the Canberra Times, less than re-assuring.
johnboy 2:03 pm 01 May 06

It’s the Brumbies CEO using extremely vague language when he could be saying “the ACT clubs would have the final say and they’d never agree”

scythe 2:01 pm 01 May 06

IMO it’s the NSW press having a field day and talking up the demise of the “ACT” Brumbies, and others just being glass-half-empty doomsayers.

johnboy 1:24 pm 01 May 06

Then I think the clubs need to have some short and direct words into the ears of “the organisation” before an air of inevitability takes hold.

che 1:21 pm 01 May 06

The inside scoop once again is that it cannot happen.

The Brumbies constitution means they are controlled by the 8 senior rugby clubs of the ACT (theres actually 7 plus 1 from Eden Monaro) through the ACT Rugby Union

The 8 senior clubs would have to vote to allow the Brumbies to move away from the ACT and the senior clubs know that the best thing for their own clubs is to maintain the Brumbies in Canberra

and while the Brumbies may try and spin the marketting ploy to the ACTRU of more money coming in by having games in Melbourne, the clubs will not allow the Brumbies to move

there will be more in tonights podacst

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