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Fonzie

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Apr 22, 2018
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The PR release sounds lovely.

The question is, what has the NRL had to pay behind closed doors as a result of this backdown?
 
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Swanley

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 13, 2012
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I wonder if Newcastle will get the tap on the shoulder from the NRL to lose their McDonalds Sponsorship! KFC only!
difference is that they are not called the KFC knights are they? They are just a jersey sponsor....

That's what Telstra's main issue will be....

If we were called the shithouse Warriors and only had vodafone as a jersey sponsor, I doubt there would be an issue...

That's my take on it anyway.
 

snake77

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Jul 12, 2013
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Phew at least all of our jerseys will still have correct sponsor. I remember growing up saving for a jersey and you buy it and next year its out of date.

Mind you its probably worse now instead of having the wrong jersey the whole design gets changed.
 

mrblonde

Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 14, 2012
3,569
Auckland
I think the Warriors were always safe - Vodafone were at worst talking about leaving the contract at the end of the year.

I'd imagine someone - or several someones - at Telstra is going to have a rather shitty Wednesday morning chat with their superiors about not being a twat in public, especially at a time like this.

At any rate the Warriors would have had several months to line up some other idiot who wants their brand tainted by an association with the Warriors. We'd have been sweet since we all know how good CG is at getting shit done pronto, right? Like that great replacement half we got for You-Bit-Me-You-Shit-Oh-You're-A-Kiwi-Oh-Chur-Then Shaun Johnson, ...Um...Whatisface...

As for other teams and sponsors and naming rights, I present this piece:

"Make some noise, Newcastle, for your team, the nib Newcastle Knights!!!"
 

Makasene

1st Grade Fringe
May 10, 2012
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There's no shortage of sponsorship dosh in Auckland for the Warriors under general circumstances.

The Pandemic does throw a curve ball with uncertainty around where we will be playing next year etc.

What this has done is publicised the end date of the current Vodafone contract (which would have been well known by all in the commercial world anyhow).

$1m per year is quite frankly chump change for most business at the big end of town which ultimately is a tax deduction anyway.

TLDR

If / when Vodafone get cut there will be a long line of suitors
 
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wrighty

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Mar 17, 2018
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Hello Swanley - raw speculation on my behalf

After I googled and played around with numbers the $1m Vodafone loss would be a heavy hit but given they make $30M according to one source they may be able to survive by cutting the women's team and or some junior pathways.

Here is some quotes I found out of interest.

"NRL clubs received a distribution of funds, with their annual grants rising from $8.4m in 2017 to $13.1m per club in 2018. The salary cap for each club’s top 30 players was $9.4m."

"Warriors were on track for $30M Total revenue this year prior to Covid shake up".
 

Swanley

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 13, 2012
2,733
Tonbridge, Kent, UK
Hello Swanley - raw speculation on my behalf

After I googled and played around with numbers the $1m Vodafone loss would be a heavy hit but given they make $30M according to one source they may be able to survive by cutting the women's team and or some junior pathways.

Here is some quotes I found out of interest.

"NRL clubs received a distribution of funds, with their annual grants rising from $8.4m in 2017 to $13.1m per club in 2018. The salary cap for each club’s top 30 players was $9.4m."

"Warriors were on track for $30M Total revenue this year prior to Covid shake up".
So this $1m is only 3% of their gross revenue...

They'll survive, including the woman's team and junior pathways....

Despite their shitiness on the field, they are very marketable, covering both Australian and NZ markets. I doubt they will struggle to find a new sponsor.
 

Wellington Warrior

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May 15, 2012
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Wellington, New Zealand
Finch won't return to Warriors' NRL bubble

Brett Finch won't return to the Warriors' NRL bubble after breaching the biosecurity protocols last week, leaving coach Todd Payten searching for a replacement mentor.
Payten believed bringing Finch into the group's Central Coast base would not only inspire the side in a turbulent season, but would be mutually beneficial for the former NSW Origin half.
But after learning Finch had breached strict biosecurity measures in the moments after last week's loss to Penrith, a disappointed Payten said he would not be returning to the club.
"He left straight away, he didn't get the chance to speak to anyone," Payten said on Wednesday.
"He apologised to the team manager and he apologised to me and I'll pass that on to the team.
"He was pretty annoyed and upset, which is understandable because I know how much he enjoyed the week with us.
"He's had several challenges since he retired and I knew getting him in would be good as much for him as it would be for us so in that regard, I was really disappointed."
Finch was not fined by the NRL for recording a podcast away from the Warriors' Terrigal base because he is not a registered player or official.
However, Payten said he was disappointed in Finch's actions.
In the days since, he has reached out to former Wests TIgers teammate Chris Heighington to join the club, but his request was denied by the NRL.
The dual-premiership winner played 300 games across three clubs but now works as a trainer with athletes - a role the NRL deemed too risky.
It could have been the boost the Warriors needed ahead of Sunday's match against Canterbury.
The Warriors are dealing with a new injury woe after halfback Chanel Harris-Tavita and Adam Keighran had a head clash at training.
Keighran was taken to hospital for a CT scan that came back clear, but was ruled out immediately, while Harris-Tavita is a 50-50 chance to take on the Bulldogs this weekend due to the knock.
He will see an independent specialist to get the tick of approval to play, but Payten said he would err on the side of caution.

Payten would not name Harris-Tavita's halves replacement, but said the 21 players named this week are the only ones available, with the rest either injured or suspended
 
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The crow

Warriors Bench Player
Jul 22, 2020
36
Probably been in the pipeline for a while.
Good thing is we won’t be called the vodafone warriors anymore. Autex warriors doesn’t really have the same ring too it does it
Should be the Auckland Warriors again. Never should've changed. Remember the 0800 easyLPG hawks in the NBL?
 

snake77

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Jul 12, 2013
8,770
Not to sure which thread this fits best.

On the Matty Johns podcast they were talking about coaches and hiring coaches that best fit the team and the clubs personality. I thought of our reputation for throwing the ball around and Kearney.

Most clubs go out and interview and get sucked in by who interviews best.

Paul Kent then tells a story about the Raiders in 2003 who were close to signing Bellamy but at the last interview Matt Elliott came in and impressed with a nice powerpoint presentation

We didn't wait for Bellamy but we still got suckered by the powerpoint and the good interview.
 

Miket12

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Apr 20, 2012
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Rugby league: How the Warriors can still finish fifth...or last

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They still have a chance.

The New Zealand Warriors could still finish as high as fifth, or as low as last, as they enter the final five-game stretch to one of their hardest seasons in the club's history.

Having played every game in Australia to travel restrictions around the Covid-19 pandemic, the Warriors currently sit 12th on the table with six wins from their 15 games.

They are one of four sides on 12 competition points, two wins outside the final playoff spot.

According to NRL.com, Todd Payten's side are out of the running of cracking the top four but can still finish as high as fifth, with victories in their final five games. Four of the side's remaining games are against teams currently inside the top eight.

The Warriors have gone through the best run of the season over the past month with three wins from four games.

The bad news is that the Warriors could still finish with the wooden spoon but that would need the last-placed Bulldogs, eight points back, to have a strong finish to the season.

The Warriors are paying $21 at the TAB to crack the eight.

The Titans, Cowboys, Broncos and Bulldogs are all out of the running for the playoffs while seven teams could still claim the minor premiership.

Warriors' remaining games

Round 16 - Saturday August 29 v Knights (Sixth)
Round 17 - Sunday September 6 v Eels (Third)
Round 18 - Sunday September 13 v Sharks (Eighth)
Round 19 - Sunday September 20 v Raiders (Fifth)
Round 20 - Sunday September 27 v Sea Eagles (11th)

 

AusWarriorsFan

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 4, 2016
2,315
Uggh my math had 4 games, not following the draw haha.

Well, I think there is a very good chance we can finish 8th. SJ did us a solid by not playing for the Sharks and their loss on the weekend, is a shame the Cows couldnt do the same to beat a woeful Knights, who might get a rev up this week.

But if you gonna make the 8 you gotta be able to beat 6th, we do so and I think a last 6 game sprint from the Warriors will see them finish 11/20 and sneak in :). Fingers crossed.
 
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Canadian_WarriorFan

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Jul 13, 2013
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Worried2Death

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Mar 6, 2016
2,116
Great article about the behind the scenes about what the team has been going through.

I'm starting to get an emotional connection to the team in a way I haven't felt for years, and I think I'm falling in love with Roger but I still can't get Shaun out of my mind. This show is still better than Shortland Street.
 
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