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More Great News for the Sea Eagles

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,097 / 13
    Manly returns to millionaires' row

    Brent Read and Dan Koch | September 27, 2007


    MANLY officials continue to distance themselves from the silvertails tag but their task is becoming increasingly difficult, with the club set to reap a $900,000 windfall from playing in Sunday night's grand final.

    Thanks to their appearance in the title decider, the Sea Eagles are on the verge completing their transformation from financial basketcase to NRL powerhouse by returning a profit for the first time since they returned to the NRL as a sole entity in 2003.

    And the good news continued yesterday when Manly agreed in principle to a lucrative sponsorship deal with airline Viva Macau, which will come into effect from next season.

    Four years ago, when the club picked up the pieces from the failed marriage with North Sydney, the Sea Eagles survived on annual revenue of $6.5million.

    That figure is now nearly double. The club originally budgeted to have revenue of $11.1m this year, with a loss of $200,000.

    However, the grand final appearance has blown those projections out of the water. Once the bonuses from Sunday night's game are included, Manly's revenue could exceed $11.5m.

    "The club concentrated on building a football team," Manly chief executive Grant Mayer said yesterday of the reformation.

    "That was the total and utter focus of the board of directors and the coach, knowing that would reap benefits in the front office."

    The rising stock of the club has been reflected in the value of its jersey. Four years ago, it carried sponsorship worth $1.8m. In 2007, that figure has doubled to $3.6m.

    The coffers are set to bulge in the wake of a grand final appearance, given the spin-offs that follow.

    Should the Sea Eagles beat Melbourne, they will receive $400,000 prizemoney, sponsorship bonuses of $120,000 and an invitation to the World Club Challenge, which could result in $125,000 prizemoney.

    Merchandise sales have also skyrocketed.

    "The value you can't put on it is the goodwill and the spin-offs for 2008," Mayer said. "For the last five years they have sold an underperforming team. All of a sudden, by making the grand final, there is an expectation that we will be strong next year.

    "There's an expectation that finals will come and we're a side that's going to be one of the best in the competition next year."

    Co-owner Max Delmege, whose decision to buy a share in the club saved it from financial ruin, said he was shocked that the club was playing in the grand final.

    "I have to admit, to be where we are now, heading into a grand final, it's unexpected," Delmege said.

    "I certainly didn't expect us to be in the position we are in at the moment, on and off the field, so early. It's a wonderful effort by so many people and I am just thrilled to have played some part in it."

    Asked about the strength of the club, Delmege claimed there were no egos at Manly.

    "From the chief executive, to the coach, to the players and certainly the fans, everyone has played a role in getting us here," he said.

    "I have to admit we have had our share of luck as well.

    "But there has been a lot of hard work by a lot of people and it is just fantastic to see the way it has paid off.

    "I think we have created a really strong culture at the club and, again, I think Des (Hasler) has to take a lot of credit for that."

    Mayer and other officials are also pressing the federal and state Governments for $15m in funding to develop Brookvale Oval, a move that could result in further revenue streams.

    If that deal comes off, Manly would once again be regarded as one of the game's most affluent clubs.

    Just don't call them silvertails.

    "We're just all battlers from the northern beaches," Mayer said.
  2. Corso_Pete

    Corso_Pete Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +35 / 0
    Who has heard of Viva Macau Airlines?
  3. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +5,704 / 264
    Everyone here at work Corso....I thought the same thing as you.

    Apparently they advertise quite strongly on television.

    I'm just glad we got a large corporate on board.
  4. CliffyIsGod

    CliffyIsGod Well-Known Member

    +17 / 0
    They have been doing a lot of advertising of late, Pete.

    Macau is being pushed as a tourist destination, with the casino's and what not lately, so the country has been a lot fo tourist advertising.
  5. byso

    byso Well-Known Member

    +83 / 0
    Looks promising


    Viva Macau will today commence services to Sydney three times a week after it was granted approval by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority yesterday.

    The inaugural flight from Sydney to Macau will commence this morning, with other services to operate between Macau and Sydney on Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays, and return services from Sydney to Macau operating on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays.

    The services, which were scheduled to commence last week, were postponed after the airline failed to receive approval from CASA.

    Con Korfiatis, Viva Macau’s Chief Executive said he was grateful for the understanding of the affected passengers, who have since been re-accommodated with either alternative flight arrangements or provided a full refund. Passengers were also awarded the option to rebook on a future flight. Free return tickets to any of Viva Macau’s scheduled destinations were also offered to each passenger.

    “Last week’s postponement was unexpected and outside Viva Macau’s control, but with our reacting immediately and offering of all possible travel alternatives to our customers, the customer’s feedback and understanding have been very positive and encouraging,”
    Mr Korfiatis said.

    “We greatly appreciate the support we have been given by CASA during the process of approval. Viva Macau is pleased to be able to take off for Sydney.”

    Viva Macau is the first airline offering flights on the transcontinental route which marks a significant milestone in Macau’s aviation history. Today’s flight is coincides with the opening of the world’s largest integrated resort next Tuesday.

    “The world is very excited about the vibrant development of Macau. With Macau’s mixed cultural charisma, uniquely rich historical background and heritage, convenient accessibility to Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta, on top of all these new leisure, entertainment, MICE facilities being developed, Viva Macau will continue to contribute in boosting Macau’s tourism,” Mr Korfiatis said.

    The service is operated by Boeing 767 wide-body aircraft and offers a two-class seating, including Premium Class and Economy Class.

    Reservations can be made on www.flyvivamacau.com.au or via Viva Macau’s Sydney-based marketing agent, International Charter Group at 1300 848 262 (toll free) or (612) 9762 1020.

    The flights are as follows:
    MFM-SYD ZG9501 Mon/Wed/Sat 22:35 10:00+1
    SYD-MFM ZG9500 Tue/Thu/Sun 11:25 18:55
  6. Corso_Pete

    Corso_Pete Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +35 / 0
    I need to watch more television then, until I read this I had never heard of them.
  7. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +466 / 6
    Macau is the home of that casino Packer has built that is taking a hiding.

    Wife of a friend of mine is events manager there.
  8. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    +5,437 / 74
    yeah they are on the radio constantly.

    I like how they are distancing themselves from the "Silvertails" tag

    Anytime it is mentioned it helps us :)

    Time for us to look for some sponsorship methinks
  9. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +466 / 6
    I think that's a case of "stop it, I like it"
  10. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +516 / 0
    Looks llike we won't be needing 'Firestone'.

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