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The entry deadline for the next America's Cup in '17 came and went "but news was sparse about what was nevertheless described as 'a strong line-up of teams' wanting to contest" the event, according to Stuart Alexander of the London INDEPENDENT. Five teams had reportedly "indicated their intentions to the San Francisco defender by midnight local time on Friday." The three short paragraphs statement -- one of which was to say there "will be a press conference in London in a month's time" -- went on to say: "America's Cup organisers are now working through the second stage of the entry process with each of these teams. This is expected to finish by August 20th." There is "no doubt surrounding Britain's Ben Ainslie-led team to represent the Royal Yacht Squadron." Sweden's Artemis team "took over as the lead challenger in San Francisco last time." Emirates Team New Zealand, a former cup holder and the "ultimate challenger last time, has made public its intention to be back." The Prada-backed Italians were "also there last time and have been in the game for years." The French are a "known quantity and well versed in challenging for a trophy" which goes back to 1851. The thought that any of them "would be rejected is ludicrous, further delay does none of them nor the event any favours" (INDEPENDENT, 8/9).
Super Rugby side ACT Brumbies CEO Doug Edwards said the club has had the "rug pulled out from underneath" it by the local government's support for an Australian Football League game in Canberra on Anzac Day next year, as the "sporting turfwar in Canberra has erupted again," according to Wilson & Polkinghorne of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Edwards "threatened Super Rugby may even look to go head-to-head against the AFL and the Greater Western Sydney Giants, playing their Anzac match at the same twilight timeslot" on April 25. The Giants have announced they will "play an Anzac Day match at Manuka Oval next year, and the AFL club is campaigning for a heavyweight Melbourne club such as Hawthorn or Geelong." Edwards claims the Brumbies have "been pushed from their preferred Anzac Day timeslot to accommodate the out-of-town AFL team, criticising a lack of consultation from the ACT Government." The Brumbies are "set to play the Otago Highlanders in Canberra on Anzac weekend" when the Super Rugby draw is finalized in the next month, but the Brumbies "requested a Friday night match after advice that a Saturday game would conflict with a 100th anniversary commemoration of Gallipoli at the War Memorial that evening." The commemoration has since moved to Sunday, "enabling the AFL match to be scheduled." Edwards: "If we would have known there was an opportunity for us to play on the Saturday we would have pushed for that, we moved back to the Friday out of respect for what the War Memorial are trying to do. We thought it's 100 years of Gallipoli, the last thing we should be doing is competing against the War Memorial ... Then all of a sudden, up pops an AFL game on Anzac Day, it's bizarre." Edwards said he would consult with Super Rugby ruling body SANZAR on Monday and "did not rule out a scheduling clash." The 10-year-deal for the Giants to play three premiership games in Canberra has "caused angst among the territory's sporting clubs" (SMH, 8/9).
New South Wales Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres has "outlined his plan to bring the NBA, NHL and NFL to Sydney following the harbour city's successful staging of the Major League Baseball's opening series this year," according to Adrian Proszenko of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Ayres believes the major U.S. sports "remain an untapped opportunity and plans to aggressively pursue them during his time in office." Ayres: "There are opportunities around the U.S. sports and the MLB showed we can do festival events. ... I can't see any reason why we wouldn't look at NFL, NHL [and NBA] as ways we can showcase NSW to the world -- like we did with the MLB." The MLB series opener between the L.A. Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground was "hailed a success, exposing the city to 15,000 overseas tourists and a television audience of about 175 million viewers." Sydney also "recently hosted an ice hockey exhibition clash between arch rivals Canada and the United States." Ayres said, "For the U.S. sports, Sydney is a great location if you want to get into the Asian markets. We're in the right time zone, we're good for TV. If you're looking to diversify your product, then Sydney and NSW is eminently a market you should be considering" (SMH, 8/9).