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Re: AC 34 - What If?

Originally Posted by ScottUK View Post
....Your last post appears to lament Larry's inability to compete financially with governments. Got to say I got my hanky out for him. Don't think the NZ government has a big enough budget to scare Larry.
Then it came across wrong. I'm suggesting, if you drag the world's governments into AC race funding, the pockets get even deeper than Ellison's. Its unhealthy. If Ellison's wealth could create a stage that many could not compete on, imagine what would happen if the G20 resources were available? A list, btw, that NZ is not on, but their buddies in Australia are.

As you can surmise I would prefer it the other way i.e. without fat cats footing the bill. I know this tradition goes back to inception but if this is the main event in sailing so I would prefer a more egalitarian approach that is inherent by government funding.
Perhaps we disagree, because you believe that government funding would be egalitarian. Governments are involved in funding Olympic sports and that has been far from a fair and equal opportunity between them.

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