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Playing the game: AFL, NRL and the campaign against the Wilkie pokie reforms

Posted September 26, 2011 by Sports Business Insider

The Federal Government’s plan to introduce pre-commitment systems on pokie machines in order to reduce problem gambling has become a major political headache. A campaign by Clubs Australia targeting Labor MPs in NSW has seen growing backbench concern in the Gillard government. Now the National Rugby League (NRL) and the Australian Football League (AFL) are […]


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Big sporting events often make a loss, but the locals still enjoy the party. AFP/Franck Fife
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What will the Rugby World Cup be worth to New Zealand?

Posted September 8, 2011 by Sports Business Insider

New Zealand has been rocked by several events beyond its control in recent years. The global recession, the devastating Christchurch earthquakes and the surging New Zealand dollarhave all dampened the economic country’s climate. Yet on the horizon there lies a possible glimmer of hope. New Zealand is about to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup: […]


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New Zealand’s 28th Maori Battalion performing a Haka in Egypt in 1941.
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All Blacks, New Zealand Maori and the politics of the pitch

Posted September 7, 2011 by Sports Business Insider

Around half of the All Blacks team that will open the 2011 Rugby World Cup at Auckland’s Eden Park stadium this Friday will be players of Maori or Pacific Island backgrounds. Much like the French soccer World Cup winning team of 1998, largely composed of players of African and Arab descent, the make up of […]


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House of the Rising Suns: Metricon Stadium

Posted August 31, 2011 by Sports Business Insider

Stadiums have defined the way we watch large sporting events for thousands of years. They are places of dreams, spectacular hubs of human emotion, aspiration and activity, and they have played host to some of the greatest feats of physical achievement ever witnessed. And although the basic concept of tiered seating surrounding a playing field […]


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Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton (front row far right) in the 1994 NSW under 15 soccer team that won the Australian championships.
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A-League: Kewell and Emerton come home

Posted August 29, 2011 by Sports Business Insider

Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton’s recent signings for Australian clubs have, in the blink of an eye, skyrocketed interest levels in the coming A-League season. Their return represents the closing of a circle started by Kewell 17 years ago when he and Emerton played in the championship-winning NSW under-15 team against a Victorian side that […]


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