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Where’s this going, ODT?

If “the model is broken”, then what is the solution? And what does “cutting our cloth to fit” really mean?

### ODT Online Sat, 11 Feb 2012
Has money ruined sport?
By Hayden Meikle
Professional sport in Otago and New Zealand. Discuss. Is professionalism ruining sport? Or enhancing it? […] we hope to stir up some debate with our series, Survival Game, which will appear in the Otago Daily Times over the next week. Prompted by the severe financial troubles encountered by, principally but not exclusively, the Highlanders, Otago rugby and now the Steel netball franchise, our series will look at some of the issues vexing the professional codes. We start today with some background to the struggles suffered by organisations in the South and in other parts of the country.
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Have a succession of greedy/arrogant/incompetent administrators and players taken YOUR teams and put them in grave danger of collapsing?

Other sport: Professional sports’ battle all-embracing
Doom and gloom in sport used to refer to Rugby World Cup droughts, or being bowled out for 26. Now it is more likely to refer to balance sheets and bad debts. Beginning our series examining the state of professional sport, sports editor Hayden Meikle gives an overview of the issues to debate.

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Note: ODT recently took up sponsorship of the east stand at ‘Otago Stadium’…
12.11.11 The little horrors 2

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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Editor pitches for rugby nursery

### ODT Online Sat, 4 Feb 2012
Editorial: Rugby and professionalism
The professional rugby era has not been kind to New Zealand. We have tried to box above our weight in the notoriously difficult business of professional sport, under the illusion that because we have the most prolific and successful player nursery in the world, professionalism was a natural progression. It hasn’t been, as is evident by news the Otago Rugby Football Union is the latest in a growing list of provincial unions in dire financial strife. All provincial unions are weighed down by debt, high player wage costs and a public bored by nine-month saturation coverage of our national game on television.
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Who on earth wore the Editor’s hat to compose this last gasp?

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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