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‘There is too much money in sport’ – Arthur Beetson

‘There is too much money in sport’ – Arthur Beetson

I loved touring with Tommy Raudonikis and the late great Arthur Beetson, and I will never forget the day when Arthur said ‘Rugby League is now a working man’s game played by young men who don’t work’. I’m sure my old friend and fellow Kokoda buddy Ronnie Barass would agree. Demons for premiers soon Ron….soon…
How the elite athlete has changed, in so many ways. Arthur would speak of performances at the SCG on a Sunday afternoon in front of 30,000 live fans to then be sitting out the front of his house the next morning at 6am waiting for his site boss to collect him for a day’s work as a brickies labourer. If Arthur had a bad game he knew to cop some ribbing from the crew on Monday but ‘that is what kept my ego in check’ he would say.
How times have changed, especially financially. To validate my comments I’d like to point out that for the past 17 years my business has taken many of these big name sporting legends away from the big corporate dollars and to us grass roots fans in the club and charity market. When you see what sort of money is on offer (that bits coming!) to stay in the big smoke’s 5 star hotels and roll up to events for an hour or two you must take your hat off to the likes of Sir Vivian Richards, Joe Bugner, Sir Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, David Campese, Sam Kekovich, Allan Border and Glenn McGrath who have made time to get in the car and drive around regional, outback and suburban Australia to give back to the game and their fans.
Don’t get me wrong, some of the young recent retirees or soon to be retired guys are great. But, when you’re getting laughed at by KPs management after making a $100,000+ offer to come and talk to grass roots cricket fans for 3 weeks you wonder if their managers have the game’s best interests on the radar. KP seems like a good bloke, walks the walk and talks to talk, he probably would do it, but his management are obviously not getting the return they want. Maybe I should approach those music stars instead? Kanye West couldn’t be that difficult could he? He seems in touch with the common bloke; after all he is quoted as saying ‘Nothing in life is promised except death’.
The PSL (Pakistan Super League) has just kicked off in Dubai, with The Asia Cup starting in 2 weeks. No rest for the T20 professional as the ICC T20 World Cup is March 8 to April 3 followed by the IPL April 8 to May 29. Then The CPL (Caribbean Premier League) ‘should’ kick off in July but that may be postponed to November. Did I forget to mention our Big Bash, or the fact South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and England are all looking to grow their local T20 Premier leagues with overseas players? When you compare the world T20 circuit with the ICC calendar you do start to wonder where Test cricket and ODIs will be in ten years time. Chris Gayle was reported to earn $AUD250,000 for his recent Big Bash season, the WICB annual contract is rumoured to be $US100,000. Which would you sign? I have to be nice to GayleStorm as he and his manager seem like nice blokes and are still looking at the recent offer I made for him to tour the sporting clubs of Australia for 3 weeks later this year. Fingers crossed he’s a nice bloke!
Actually you have to take your hat off to most big name cricketers who bother to play for their country these days, and you can’t help but wonder who these guys’ kids call Daddy?
Now, onto Australia’s highest paid shelf stacker – David Warner. In 2014 he parted with $6.5m for top digs in Coogee. That’s a lot of pocket money and paper rounds. Warner is a freak, the odds of becoming D Warner are 1 in 23m (our population). At least that’s better than winning Oz Lotto (1 in 45m), something I’m reliably told Jesus would still not have won even if he put his multi in twice a week since his big Easter return.
I am very proud of the fact I work in an industry that is a form of religion to Australian’s. But, Mr D Warner is a great example of someone who has no plan B. With some luck, no injuries, timing who knows how many D Warner’s we could have but we only have 1. ‘If I wasn’t playing cricket for Australia, I’d probably be a shelf stacker still.’ There’s your cue Mum’s and Dad’s around the country! Support Little Johnnie or Sally with their dream but at the same time make sure they get a good education or have a trade to fall back on. Shelf stacking is not a good plan B, shame on you Woolies for thinking that ambassadorship match was the ‘right fit’.
Back to taking out a second mortgage on the house to entice a big name to tour our great land. Let’s hope 333 is feeling generous!

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Mike Whitney Band release new single ‘Sixes’

Mike Whitney Band release new single ‘Sixes’

Mike Whitney, is a sporting and TV legend! Do you remember him playing for Australia? Keeping Hadlee out to secure a draw in the 87/88 series? His time as host of Gladiators, or the huge hit ‘Who Dares Wins’? He’s currently in his 22nd straight year as host of Sydney Weekender and has found time to get together with the band and knock out a classic.

Enjoy Sixes

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3 Blind Muslim Lesbian Fat Women walk into a bar…

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That got your attention! It sounds like the first line in a joke that i bet (and hope) is never told or should be completed. Even though its ‘punchline’ could be ‘…..and had a really lovely evening!
Whilst burning the Peter Garrett I was reading about writing Hollywood hooks and eye catching headlines. Did I succeed?

Now, back to business. Below are 10 unbelievable reasons why you just have to use us in 2016. If you can think of better, then I Mike Whitney ‘Dare ya’ to send them in.

1. We’ve helped clubs and charities raise over $24m to date, and counting
2. We’ve been doing this for 17 years, and counting…
3. We’re always bringing in new sporting legends (fresh meat!) to our stable
4. Our guys are funny, personable, gladly do selfies and generally make sure everyone has a good time
5. We’ll be giving away more in 2016 (Glenn McGrath signed prints, reserves dropped on memorabilia)
6. Our $4000+ profit guarantee
7. $3000+ in cashback and savings for all bookings
8. Belinda Green – she is just the best event manager ever! (no, she didn’t write that bit!)
9. We send a ‘good bloke’ to most gigs to ‘act’ as MC. Even if his jokes aren’t the best, he’s trying!
10. We’re available 24/7 if you have any questions or ideas relating to your event

If you’re easily distracted like me, then you’ll enjoy this clever little Tim Minchin video..till my next ‘eye catching’ blog title…

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Did someone say FREE BEER? Gold Coast Sixes is giving Free Beer to all Captains/Organisers..

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No leg pulling going on here! We’re more fair dinkum than the Irwin kids. We totally understand how much work goes into putting a bunch of mates together for a post season trip. So, to acknowledge you Captains and team Organisers we’re going to reward you with FREE BEER for the 3 days of the carnivale in our GC6s Chill Zone Bar at the grounds. You might be the designated team guru, but no need to worry about being the designated driver as we’ll be running shuttles to and from the grounds all day!

So let’s all say three beer cheers for the organisers…and free beer.

Don’t forget the AB signed Bat for the Early Birds, so Register Your Interest now.

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