General Warriors Set to be Sold?

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  1. bruce
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    bruce Warriors 1st Grader Contributor

    Just ask the people who invested in Hanover Finance. :rolleyes:
     
  2. ramraider78
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    Mark Nua and his bro are part of the sales pitch to Hawaii University that hosted the trial I attended and your right, they're looking for the next crop of talent.
     
  3. bruce
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    I have just listened to the Hosking interview. I agree he did sound different to the printed articles about him. Hosking did a good job but tried to ask the right question and let him sidestep it.

    My worry is, he and his mates are not league fans, so they have absolutely no passion for the game, they cannot, it is impossible.

    He admits they would make more profit by investing their millions elsewhere, so WTF do they want to buy the Warriors? It doesn't make sense, I smell a Greek bearing gifts. Remember the Trojan Horse ladies and jellybeans.

    They obviously have an ulterior motive and are being totally dishonest about it.

    If Watson takes their money, and it seems very possible, he is just an arsehole, but I know that already.
     
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    IMO there was some merit to Fale's vision when their interest was first shown and he appeared as the spokesman of the group.

    I don't give a tuppenny stuff if there is some religious outfit in the background as long as the players get the benefits of a better run organisation and my alcohol intake isn't restricted on game day. Live & let live.
    The only concern was how non Pacific Islands players would be affected. We understood money wasn't an issue. There was no mention of involving American financial institutions and raising mega loans stateside.

    These latest interviews indicate King Dick has done very little to learn anything about the Warriors, the NRL, the actual game of rugby league or our country of NZ. We are not Tonga nor the States. The rather plausible spiel about making things better now apparently includes : ripping JT out of a 10 year contract, approaching the public to generate support ( would that include a freebee or two?) & possibly building a new stadium. Sorry Fale Fellas but I'd rather concentrate on our team making a premiership. It's nice to have grand plans but they need to be tempered by common sense.

    This whole setup seems more geared up to advance Hawaiian interests over the future of NZ rugby league.
    Fale is only looking after his own interests. He won't give a stuff if it all goes pear shaped. It's not his money is it.
    Originally I was in favour of this ownership but now find myself hoping this mob just piss off into the sunset. Unfortunately things seem to be more than halfway signed and sealed.
     
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    He's a huge human. His ads were funny too.
     
  6. bruce
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    Latest news us that Fale has offered $24 million which Watson has agreed to. They have bought some guy in from the US to crunch the numbers but at this stage expect to own the club by next Friday. SK is safe apparently but not George. Heyzuss spare me but I dread the thought of this dropkick having anything to do with our game.
     
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    Great so we finally take 2 steps forwards, and now we're gonna take 5 steps back. This club is fucked, that would be a joke if George got sacked.
     
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    Okay.

    Thanks for that Bruce. As far as I am aware negotiations are still ongoing but cool again I'm not claiming to have any sort of special insider knowledge other than knowing a few people close to club, so I just hope what you are saying is wrong and that they are not in process of buying this team as I really do want politics, race and religion to be kept out of sport as much as you can, something I know you're not going to get with these guys in charge. God help us all ...

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    Heyzeus! You've got a good memory bruce but please spare us mere mortals the first hand account..

    BTW Eric Watson is the only reason RL has survived the last 18 years in NZ, but don't worry when he's gone because he is also the reason GODoyle and Kearney are here to rebuild the game into something great again that the ARL can only reminisce about..
     
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    Warriors ownership still up for grabs as Eric Watson seeks best deal
    DAVID LONG

    Last updated 18:12, March 13 2018


    The ownership of the Warriors is still from being a done deal despite suggestions that it is close to being bought by Richard Fale and his group.

    The Hawaiian businessman said on Tuesday that he had flown a mergers and acquisitions specialist over from New York to go through the club's books.

    He told Trackside Radio he had agreed a price for the NRL club with current owner Eric Watson, if the figures stack up.

    However, Stuff understands that no final price has been agreed between the two parties and the current owners are still in negotiations with a Chinese group interested in buying the club and Auckland Rugby League
    There is no exclusivity deal in place between Fale's consortium and Watson, as there previously was with Auckland Rugby League, before their initial deal fell over.

    That deal collapsed when the Waipareira Trust, who were to be a minor shareholder with Auckland Rugby League, pulled out.

    Watson's team aren't looking to play the bidders off against each other, but it's believed all the potential buyers are aware of what each other is offering.

    The price for the Warriors is around $24 million. But there has been speculation recently that Watson could sell the club to the ARL at a marked down rate, as their reason for owning the club is entirely based around doing what's best for the game in Auckland and the country.

    While Watson could be willing to do a deal with the ARL if their bid was a bit short, at the end of the day he's a businessman and is understandably looking for a return on his investment.
    Some of Fale's comments have seemed outlandish, like looking to sign Jason Taumalolo, despite him having another nine years to run on his contract with the Cowboys, or looking to build a new waterfront stadium in Auckland.

    Despite this, Fale and his consortium shouldn't be mocked. They admit they don't know a lot about rugby league, but they do have serious money behind them and a drive to make this work.

    But given the Warriors' outstanding 32-20 win over the Rabbitohs in Perth last weekend, it could be speculated that Watson is getting out at the wrong time,

    While it's only one game, so only so much can be read into it, if the team continue playing like they did in that game, then this could be a great season.

    Given all the heartache and low points the Warriors have gone through during the years Watson has owned the club, it could be rash to sell up just as they're going to taste success.

    And it's understood that if Watson doesn't get what he's looking for from one of the current interested takeover groups, he's happy to keep hold of the club for at least another year.

    Fale said he'll know by the end of this week whether he'll go ahead with his bid, so there are interesting times ahead for the Warriors, on and off the field.

    - Stuff
     
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    Why the hate for Doyle? Seen a few comments lately..
     
  12. bruce
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    Is Doyle involved in this sale?
     
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    Reverse racism ... tell Fale that George is actually from the George family out of Rarotonga!
     
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    GODoyle owns a minority share and is the Executive Chairman..
     
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    So $20m for 90% ownership
     
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    What have you seriously got against someone you have no personal relation to? Guys achieved more in life than you have yet he's a dropkick? Think it says more about you than him...
     
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    You might be right, we have no idea what Bruce has achieved in his lifetime which might be twice as long as Fales 36 years. Bruce can only judge Fale by what he can find on him on the internet though which is very little. So what else has Fale achieved other than just having what seems to be part time job in Hawaiin politics? If you don't know Laie well, it would be virtually impossible to be a Mormon candidate and not get voted in to represent that district, I doubt he had to work too hard to get the job and I can't find anything else about him so I have to assume he does other work for the church. Note that I haven't called the guy any names, it would be nice to know something about him and the rest of the consortium though. I might be more concerned about the Chinese group that are in the ownership hunt, it'll be all business for them, at least Fale has cultural tie to the game and the region.
     
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    Not sure what to make of Fale but it would be awesome to have owners who have massive pockets who would OK signing a Bellamy and staff or someone like that or signing a "Taumalolo" type with massive third party agreements etc......
     
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    My major concern is whether they actually care about the club or they care about the money.

    They have no background in the sport from what I can fathom so...?

    My gut is telling me to worry... and to eat less carbs
     
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    Im with Bruce iv got a very firm policy that all change should be resisted at all cost.
    I can't help but think this group has seen snippets of the world cup an are going to
    Try to put together a Tongan team .In the NRL ..Any race based policy an I'm out.
    As for the church it doesn't bother me ..We have players who are an are not.But once again
    Any preference given to those players an I'm out..
    This won't matter to anyone in the scheme of things .But I hope the team stays
    1 non political
    2 embracing of all religions an all race's
    If not I will go find something else to do .