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Tell me again why I should support the Rugby World Cup? - Tactical Ninja

Jun. 30th, 2011

09:30 am - Tell me again why I should support the Rugby World Cup?

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This is rank. For those who can't be arsed reading the article, it's about a school in New Plymouth (small town Unzud at its best) that has a field next door to one of the stadiums that'll be used for a Rugby World Cup match. Probably not a big match, because it's New Plymouth - however the school had planned to let folks park their cars on the field for $10 a pop during the games, just like they have for games for the last 50 years. Except now under the RWC advertising laws, they've been told that since they're within 500m of the stadium, they aren't allowed to 'jump on the bandwagon and profit'. Only official sponsors and licensees get to profit from the extra people that'll be going through the area.


So I tried to find out what it costs to get a licence.

I went to rugbyworldcup.com. I got a page that consists entirely of disclaimers about what you are and aren't allowed to do with their web content. Including the following:

"Links To the Site
It is the policy of RWC not to permit links to the site (including so-called "deep links" to pages of the site other than the homepage) without the prior written permission of RWC."


So I haven't linked to it, which is ok because I couldn't find any information on there about how to get a licence anyway. However I did find a list of official sponsors and partners - ie, those who are allowed to make money from the rugby world cup. Here they are:

Toshiba, Heineken, Mastercard, Microsoft, ANZ, Land Rover, DHL, BlackBerry, Emirates, Brancott EstateWines, Societe Generale.

Of those, Brancott Estate is the only NZ company, being Brancott Estate Marlborough. But wait! Who owns Brancott Estate? Pernod Ricard, a US based company that moved the headquarters of BE (formerly Montana Wines) offshore when it took over. So not one of the organisations that's recognised on the RWC website as being officially allowed to profit from the RWC is NZ-based. All those profits are going overseas. This might explain some of the expected $500million deficit to our country from the RWC.

And yet a small school in Taranaki that's been fundraising through selling carpark space for rugby games for over 50 years is not allowed to fundraise during this game, because Toshiba might take a hit that they can't come back from if the school gets that $9000? There is something seriously wrong with this picture.

I have a personal beef with the RWC apart from what it's costing us as a nation to line the pockets of international corporations and the seemingly anti-citizen set of its rules. That covered walkway that's going in from where the cruise ships dock to the stadium? That's been disrupting traffic for the last three months along Aotea Quay? Paid for by Wellington ratepayers under the ports access initiative. I couldn't find details but it gets a mention in the 2009/2010 annual report.

Now, my friends who work at the ports end of town have to walk there with no covered walkway, and they have for years. People who catch the train into town have to get from the station to pretty much anywhere (except the stadium) with no covered walkway. People getting off the ferry, if they don't get a bus into town, have to walk with no cover. This is how it has been for a very long time. Now our council, as an 'improved access' initiative that is supposed to make life better for citizens, has put up a covered walkway from the cruise ship terminal to the stadium, just in time for the RWC. Railway station to workplaces at the port? Still exposed. Ferry to town? Still exposed. Town to port? Still exposed. So I'd ask who exactly is going to benefit from this covered walkway and if it's not the citizens of Wellington (who are not known for taking ocean cruises to visit sports events in their own city), then why the fuck are we paying for it?

Especially if we're not allowed to profit personally from the cup. Especially when the majority of money made out of the cup is going offshore. Especially when our city will be filled with rugbyheads for 6 weeks later this year, stomping all over the parts of the city that those of us not into rugby really love. Especially when we know all this but are still expected to play gracious host to people who didn't have to pay for any of this but treat it as if it's theirs by right. When we didn't ask for this but had it thrust on us. And when we get told by overseas corporations what we are and aren't allowed to do in our own city in order to protect their profits.

Fuck that shit. Seriously, the RWC might be 'our religion' (for someone else's defined values of 'our'), but fuck that shit and fuck anyone who thinks we're benefitting from it.

The only use I can think of for this circus is the opportunity to embarrass our government on the international stage for its crap policies.


And now I've got that off my chest and worked up a good head of steam, I'm off to ring the IRD and tear somebody a new one. Because I'm done with their bullshit too.

[edit] Apparently the school will now be allowed to run its car park. 'Discretion' is allowed within the rules. The cynic in me wonders how this would have gone without the publicity.

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From:polychrome_baby
Date:June 29th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
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At first I had a hard time reading this. Cuz, um, the sexy rawrness that is Tank Girl right up there.

Then. Ugh. When the Olympics came to Atlanta it was a bunch of "oh gosh, how wonderful for us" and blah blah blah. What I remember, though, aside from a story where I was hyjacked by a buddhist monk, was that hundreds of homeless people were sent to jail and sent out of town so everything would look all nice, friendly, and neat.

More and more I see that the happenings of media, politics, etc. etc. aren't about people. They're about the upper class that run everything. Their businesses are being talked about, and celebrities are generally just their spokespeople.
What's most discouraging is that this isn't just true in the US, it's true everywhere, and it's mostly the same damn people. They're international, they own everything, and they don't give a shit about the populace of anywhere in the world as long as their money keeps rolling in.

It's not even conspiracy theory. I don't really think there's precisely "board meetings" of the world owners. They just own everything, make all the decisions, and hire people to sell the ideas to us so we won't make a ruckus and turn on them. :|
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From:tatjna
Date:June 29th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
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The people who sit on the boards of the IFIs are generally there through having proven their aptitude for cutthroat capitalism in the corporation world. Once they get to the IFI, they have the whole world to profit from. It's terrifying, and all perfectly legal. Because they get to make the laws too - witness the tobacco company currently suing the Australian government for introducing law requiring plain packaging on tobacco products, under a so-called 'free trade agreement'.

This is one of the reasons the TPPA is so scary to me.
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From:t_c_da
Date:June 29th, 2011 10:43 pm (UTC)
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One of the problems with all these big corporates (apart from their insanely deep pockets that hey can buy their way into Anything with) is that there international, and so responsible to no-one but themselves for their actions.

For mine, the US government should have let all the big financial companies that precipitated the GFC go to the wall and worried about the consequences AFTER all these high flyers had crashed and burned. And would that have been less palatable than the current situation where they have all been bailed out and are still riding high while us workers are worrying about where the next meal is coming from...

Probably a bit harsh, I know, but is the global situation any better for the bailout?
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From:caycos
Date:June 29th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)
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The main reason that road has been busted for the past 3 months is that they're replacing water mains - as a resident of the area I seem to recall seeing somethign in the mail about it. Suspect if it'd just been the walkway it would have been much less disruptive.

That said, agree that the NP thing is stupid - it's all about the money and nothing about the community :(
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From:tatjna
Date:June 29th, 2011 09:53 pm (UTC)
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I guess I should be thankful that they decided to do them both at once - it will have saved us some money. Sort of.
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From:vernacularity
Date:June 30th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
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in that deficit article, once again the "Intangible Benefits" are trotted out which means: since they are being used to address concerns of the financial cost, they are being declared sufficiently tangible to be worth 500 million dollars or whatever it is, and which in my reading of the statement is nothing more than a dollar value being given to being able to say "hey everybody look at me look at me!"
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From:richdrich
Date:June 30th, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)
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Every line of the RWC justification is bogus.

They claim (ha - deep link!!) a TV audience of 4 billion.

With only 1.2mln TV sets in the world, that's a big number crowded around each telly.

Of course, these figures are mostly** bogus - the real figure was 33 million, of which only a million were outside the 8 main rugby countries.

(**Of course, the TV broadcast will fan out across the galaxy. An unbelievable number of aliens could watch the match, if interested. They'd get it at least 4 years late, though).
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From:vernacularity
Date:June 30th, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
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Crap. I just realised my comment refers to nothing more than saying "advertising".
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From:vernacularity
Date:June 30th, 2011 07:04 am (UTC)
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i would have thought there'd be 1.2 million TV sets in like Sydney.
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From:richdrich
Date:June 30th, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
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bln
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From:wildilocks
Date:June 30th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
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This makes me sad in my sad parts. It's just so bloody depressing.

The only thing that can hope to make me smile is thinking that these guys are "a bunch of mindless jerks who will be the first against the wall when the revolution comes". Because with the amount of shit the average NZer has to cope with these days, that day is getting closer by the minute. People can only take so much.
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From:caycos
Date:June 30th, 2011 12:52 am (UTC)
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It's all pretty crappy, and money-focused. But I don't think NZ is anywhere near a revolution. Many people are excited about the RWC for example. There are many (many) places in the world which have bigger, more urgent and devastating issues than ours...

Eg, I can't see a change in government in November, never mind rioting in the streets.
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:June 30th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
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Thankfully the Rugby World Cup will be over by the time I return.

Still, I'm going to break their stupid disclaimer and suggest people give them feedback. I have.

http://www.rugbyworldcup.com/contact.html
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From:t_c_da
Date:June 30th, 2011 01:39 am (UTC)
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Apparently the Ministry of Economic Development have a smidgeon of sense, and have said that effectively they are going to allow the school to do it's thing, and will ignore any reports of flouting the RWC rules that they may receive about the school.

Yay for common sense!!

Story on Stuff here...
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From:tatjna
Date:June 30th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)
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That is good news!

The cynic in me is wondering how that would've gone without the publicity it generated.
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