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The Olympic Games are about bringing athletes and teams together from all over the world. It gives people an opportunity to cheer on and celebrate their country’s talents on the world stage as a team or individual.

This event held every four years is aimed at bringing excitement and happiness, however sometimes this happiness is not achieved.

According to Tom Van Riper, a member of the American business magazine ‘Forbes’, in the London 2012 Olympic games, millions of people missed out on tickets due to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) delegating 2.6 million of the 8.8 million tickets to sponsors, media, athletes and Olympic officials.

It does not seem like a lot, however when majority of these seats were left empty throughout the games it is consequentially a huge loss for the LOCOG, not for the money, but for the unsatisfied responses they received from all the people who missed out.

Basketball Empty Grandstands – Taken by Bob Donnan from USA Sports Today

Grandstands being left next to empty are becoming an increasing trend with the Olympic Games, which is surprising considering the four year hype and build up to the two week event.

Australian Football Match with Full Grandstands

Australian Football Match with full grantstands

When you compare this world wide known event to a local national sport like Australian Rules football, Soccer or Basketball the stands at these games are almost packed every time full of screaming fans who continue to support their team every week.  

This indicates that having seats made available to the general public for purchase, minus the small portion of allocated seating for members, shows that when given the opportunity, people will fill a stadium to support the team they love.

In an interview with members of the general public they were asked to express their opinions about the issue regarding the close-to-empty grandstands, whether they believe the Olympics is a fair and equal event and why they thought so many tickets were set aside for sponsors.

Ultimately many expressed how they thought not as many tickets should be distributed to the sponsors, unless there is a way to guarantee they will show up.

It is disappointing that so much effort goes into the preparation for the games, yet it cannot be experienced by many due to the lack of planning gone into distributing tickets. This needs to change before the next Olympic Games, to ensure the grandstands do not stand alone.

 

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By Rosalina Menton

Todd Greenberg is the newest NRL club CEO in the current game. In 2008, he inherited a club that had a tarnished image both on and off the field. Scared by controversy over salary cap breaches, membership decline and the tag “Bad Bulldogs”, Todd Greenberg wasted no time in redefining the Canterbury- Bankstown Bulldogs brand.

In a 2008 article with the Herald Sun, Greenberg acknowledged the disarray of the club saying, “We can’t lie to ourselves any longer – perception is reality. People’s perceptions about the club need to change and the only ones that can do that are us.”

Todd Greenberg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs CEO
Image courtsey of bulldogs.com.au

In the years following, Greenberg’s leadership has seen a revolution in the Bulldogs culture. The club now works closely with Camp Quality as their single jersey and shorts community partner. Bulldogs corporate staff and players are still to this date enrolled as “buddies” with a sick child from the Camp Quality organisation, a move that was unprecedented.

Greenberg’s influence has reached amazing levels with supporters of the club as well. Images of brawls and police vehicles are no longer a staple on news organisations sport updates. Instead, supporters are often seen roaming entry gate areas before a game collecting donations for the charity being supported at that particular home game (2012 will see 6 charities featured).

The Bulldogs Army is the main supporter group of the club which comprises of some the league’s most passionate fans. The Bulldogs Army members are often called upon by the club to participate in community events with the players. The Bulldogs Army seem to be very willing participants to the leadership values of Todd Greenberg. Seeing the changes Greenberg has made in such a short time, Bulldog Army members are grateful of the inclusion they receive from the Club. Tina Landayan, an Army member says “We all want to feel important, and being part of the decision making about what happens to supporters is exactly what the club needed.” Eleanor Salao a fellow Army member agrees, “It is so much more than just coming to a game, the players give us everything they have on the field and now with the relationship we have with the club, we can finally give something back.”

Image courtsey of bulldogs.com.au

Bulldogs players show their support for the Sydney Children’s Hospital
Image courtsey of bulldogs.com.au

The Bulldogs new image and brand is a force to be reckoned with. While communication between fans and the corporate leadership team remain open, fans will continue to embrace the Bulldogs as their NRL team of choice. It stands for much more than just the leader-board.

 By Magnus Nygren Syversen 

Quick and technical Etihad KSA proved unstoppable Thursday, beating their opponents, Hammers, 6-1 in the final as the Deakin YMCA indoor soccer season came to an end.

Indoor soccer, or futsal, is a growing sport in Melbourne. Hosting one competetition for each trimester of the school year, Deakin YMCA saw enough teams sign up this trimester to form three divisions – grade A, B and C.

Last Wednesday saw the league stage of the competition come to an end with the tough and physical team Hammers clinching the top spot, beating their smaller, more agile rivals Etihad KSA on goal difference. Both teams finished on 20 points, both having won five games, lost one and drawn two.

After seeing away their semi-final opposition, with Hammers beating Sunny Boy and Etihad beating Power Rangers respetively, the two top teams faced each other in the final Thursday. What looked like a close game on paper proved to be nothing but, as speed trumped power and Etihad proved simply too much for Hammers to handle.

Over 20 supporters cheered Etihad on from the sideline, singing, chanting and waving Saudi Arabian flags. The players, a group of young Arab students spread out at several univeristies in Melbourne clearly benefitted from the support, and were quick to address the crowd with each ball that founds its way to the back of the net.

With a 3-0 lead at half-time Etihad looked comfortable going in to the second half. A quick goal by Hasan Aljubran increasing the lead to 4-0 only a minute into the half helped their confidence grow even further.

Hammers never gave up, even after letting in a fifth and sixth goal, and kept fighting to the final whistle. They managed to get a consolation goal late in the half, but from first whistle to last there was never any real doubt as to who the winners were going to be.

Etihad players celebrate with their fans after becoming Deakin YMCA Grade A Indor Soccer champions.

As the final whistle went the Arabian cheer squad stormed the pitch and celebrated with the players, throwing them up in the air. Etihad had claimed a convincing 6-1 victory, and could lift the trophy as the new Deakin YMCA Grade A Indoor Soccer Champions.

Runners-up Hammers finished first in the league, but admitted they were beaten by a better team in the final.

Hammers deserve praise for their fighting spirit, and will get a chance to their revenge on Etihad when a new competition starts in Trimester 2.