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Folau Folly

Folly according to the dictionary means:

“lack of good sense; foolishness”.

“an act of sheer folly”.

One might argue that the recent catalogue of events, mirrors this definition, when considering the case of an ex-Australian rugby player, who was banned for explitives against gay people, under the disguise of a so-called commitment to Christian values.

We write about it here, because of the apparent lack of tolerance to sexual orientation, but also as it has now entered the funding arena and is a topic of debate – a discipline in which ACROBAT FCSM is well versed, so here’s one opinion.

By way of background, a respected funding platform – in fact crowdfunding site – called GoFundMe, exerted its own censorship, when it barred controversial rugby player Israel Folau from using its platform to raise monies towards his legal fees.

One might argue, as we do on our own crowd funding platform – Crowd Scrum – that the prerequired moderation should have deterred the application before its launch. This rather than an u-turn based on a clamour of protests.

Should an appeal to raise legal funds to back an ‘accused’ be allowed? Of course, there should be some place for anyone to turn to if they seek to secure a groundswell of support over a campaign or matter, in their corner (as long as legal!). The reason given by GoFundMe was it breached its’inclusivity’ code, hence the expelling. We wouldn’t have contemplated for one second any backing of this cause – nor indeed normally any appeal with religious ‘blinkers’ or overt undertones.

However, there appears light at the end of the tunnel for Israel, in that a platform that shares his religious beliefs, has facilitated the new, fundraising appeal and indeed become major donor to give the campaign a ‘kick start’.

The player has sought to raise AU$3 million ($2.08 million; €1.83 million) to appeal against Rugby Australia’s decision to sack him for making homophobic comments on his social media.

GoFundMe had collected AU$760,000 (but refunded these pledges to donors and never remitted therefore to Folau). Now, the Australia Christian Lobby (ACL) has since took three days to collect AU$ 2 million and rising.

What’s your take. As a thought provoker, we recite the quote:

“Religion leaves no room for human complexity”.

Daniel Radcliffe

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Partnership, marketing and sponsorship opportunities

With the Season fast approaching, we at Manchester Giants wanted to introduce you to a new member of our commercial team working together with our CEO, John Dwan.  Welcome Adrian Stores to this new role.

Adrian is keen to meet any businesses that might want an exploratory chat about ways that they might maximize benefits from an association with the Giants.  There is a new brochure which illustrates the range of ways that people can engage with this wonderful Club – and literally something for every budget.  More information: astores@manchestergiants.com

Giant Opportunity

Manchester Giants is a British professional basketball team based in Manchester, North West England and playing nationwide.   It was admitted to the top-tier British Basketball League (BBL) in 2012.

The BBL runs two knockout competitions alongside the Championship, the National Cup and BBL Trophy.  Teams include such as: London Lions, Leicester Riders, Glagow Rock and DBL Sharks Sheffield etc.

The BBL Championship is the flagship competition and determines the top team in British basketball over a 36-game regular season campaign. The twelve clubs meet one another on three occasions in the league competition – once at home, once away, and once home or away (alternating each season).

The BBLis growing in audience and media coverage.  A minimum of 2 x Giants games will be shown live on BBC Sport.  Every game is live streamed via 54 partner channels and livebasketball.tv  Regular coverage in local press, including Manchester Evening News.  Significant exposure through official league channels, basketball publications and websites and associated social media.

The Team play its home games at the George H. Carnall Centre in Greater Manchester. This connurbation has just short of 3 million people.

Enquiries: astores@manchestergiants.com #basketball #BBL #manchestergiants

Fred’s Done It

Super League and Betfred have today announced the biggest commercial deal in the history of the competition by extending their partnership for a further two seasons. 

The multi-million-pound investment by Betfred, owned by Rugby League fan and Salfordian Fred Done, will see the current three-year partnership extended until the end of the 2021 season.

News of the record-breaking deal comes at a time when Betfred Super League is enjoying huge popularity. Last weekend saw the record attendance for a Super League fixture broken when 31,555 people saw the Catalans Dragons defeat Wigan Warriors in a historic first ever Rugby League game at the iconic Nou Camp in Barcelona. This followed a record-breaking aggregate round attendance over the Easter Weekend, when 78,917 fans attended Super League Round 11 fixtures.

Since the Betfred title sponsorship began at the start of the 2017 season, there have been some memorable moments in the competition. The 2017 season saw the Wigan Warriors beat the Cronulla Sharks in the World Club Challenge, Castleford Tigers overcome St Helens in golden point drama to reach the Grand Final, which saw Leeds Rhinos crowned Champions. The 2018 season saw Shaun Wane bow out of his reign as Head Coach of Wigan Warriors with a Grand Final victory at Old Trafford, overcoming Warrington Wolves, who had beaten favourites St Helens in a semi-final.

Robert Elstone, Chief Executive Super League, said, “We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Betfred who have become synonymous with Super League. They have been a vital part of our journey over the last three years and we look forward to working with them in what is a hugely exciting time for Super League and the sport. To have the support of someone like Fred who is so passionate about Super League and who shares our vision for its future is fantastic.”

Rhodri Jones, Chief Commercial Officer Super League said, “This is a historic and ground-breaking deal for the sport and shows a huge commitment from Fred, his senior management team, and all his staff who are so passionate about Super League. It is a significant increase on previous sponsorships and reflects the growing popularity and value of the Super League brand.”

Fred Done, the Boss of Betfred, added, “The real passion for this game shown by the players, the media and, most importantly, the fans, is for me the main reason why this has proved to be such a great sponsorship for us. Therefore, I had no hesitation in extending the deal for a further two years and Betfred look forward to working with Super League to help grow the terrific game of rugby league.”

The announcement follows recent title sponsorship deals between Betfred and other major sports competition brands including the British Masters Golf, World Snooker Championship and the World Matchplay Darts in Blackpool.

Interested in getting involved in this sport and its success stories: contact for informal chat on opportunities. adrian.stores@salfordreddevils.net