August 7 2011
Emirates Team New Zealand statement
Emirates Team New Zealand's dispute with the America's Cup over restrictions on the team's freedom to host its own
America's Cup web site goes to arbitration tomorrow.
The protocol for the 34th America's Cup mandates that teams' America's Cup content should be consolidated on the AC web
Emirates Team New Zealand's position is that teams should be free to host their own sites, effectively creating a
mirrored site with the America's Cup site. Managing director Grant Dalton says this freedom is essential for commercial
teams which must fund their campaigns through sponsorship.
"Sponsors are not interested in being on a site which features competitors. We have a prime example of that - our
sponsor Camper, a family owned company, competes with the massive multi-national brand Puma which sponsors not only
Oracle Racing, but also the event.
"The restriction on independent sites hampers the ability of commercial teams to raise funds. We know how difficult the
market is right now. We are relatively well off in comparison to some of the other teams, but we still need to find more
He said he believed the effect of the rule could contribute unintentionally to some teams not making it to San
Francisco. At the very least it could mean some teams would have insufficient funding to mount an effective challenge.
"Emirates Team New Zealand is competing in the Volvo Ocean Race and the Extreme Sailing Series as well as the America's
Cup. It is ludicrous to expect the team's web site to ignore its involvement in the America's Cup except for a link to
the americascup.com consolidated site."