Go to the vote?

Emirates Team New Zealand and the America's Cup team independent website issue

Tuesday August 9th 2011, Author: Warren Douglas, Location: Portugal

Emirates Team New Zealand has states that it wants all challengers for the 34th America’s Cup to be given a say on whether or not they should be allowed to maintain their own internet sites containing America’s Cup content mirrored with the 34th America’s Cup site.

The team has been in dispute with the America’s Cup Event Authority about a protocol clause that stipulates competitors’ sole America’s Cup internet presence must be on micro-sites hosted on the America’s Cup web site, except for social media.

Following mediation today, Emirates Team New Zealand Managing Director Grant Dalton said teams should be given the opportunity to vote on the issue. For that to happen Oracle Racing as the defender and Artemis Racing as the challenger of record must co-operate.

Dalton said commercial teams should be given the opportunity to preserve their brands and build for the future.

Emirates Team New Zealand is a commercial team and is not only competing in the America's Cup but also the Volvo Ocean Race and the Extreme Sailing Series. The team feels strongly that the protocol restriction disadvantages its ability to operate in the commercial world.

“This is an opportunity for the privately funded defender and challenger of record to do the right thing and allow a popular vote on this important commercial issue.”

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