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Companies, by Greg Tingle - 15th January 2011
punters, journos, high rollers, sports news, entertainment
news junkies, politicians, insiders, outsiders...
one and all. Today we probe the situation where a
number of Australian sports grounds could soon be
named after gaming and gambling companies. How do
like the sound of Betfair Stadium, Centrebet Park
and PartyGaming Cricket Ground? Don't laugh, this
type of scenario is on the cards, with local gaming
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Australia being in the world's top 10 gambling nations,
it shouldn't shock or surprise that we're tipped to
soon have a number of sporting arenas and grounds
named after gambling and gaming companies, both national
and international brands. Yep, money will talk where
B.S sometimes walks.
Packer's Betfair is understood to build upon their
Betfair Park branding, Europe's PartyGaming is keen,
and currently Centrebet looks to be leading the charge,
with many insiders saying its a case of when, not
if, for the household name brand.
already has significant branding, thanks in part to
a swag of TV and online adverts, plus who can forget
the Centrebet branded part of Network Nine's 'The
gambling companies already have a number of key targets,
and many cash strapped and / or cash handy NRL team
and home grounds are near the top of the hit list.
instance NRL team, The Penrith Panthers, are seriously
considering having their home stadium named Centrebet
Stadium. We kid you not punters.
the deal goes through, they will make history becoming
the first major Australian sporting team to snatch
a betting firm as the naming-rights partner for a
Racing already has some naming rights deals with tracks
and in the mix such as Betfair Park and then you have
races named after gambling brands such as the Lasseters
Cup, Lasseters known for its hotel - casino up in
Australia's top end.
forecast Betfair deal comes as a police continue to
probe the NRL gambling scandal that from last season
following a number of "irregular" wagers
was picked up in the Canterbury Bulldogs VS North
Queensland Cowboys match up.
Panthers, Centrebet and a swag of gambling companies,
have rather pissed off the gambling and gaming haters,
who continues to get organised into lobby groups.
spokesperson such "Many people in and out of
news media and gaming, the general public, are starting
to get really pissed off at the gaming, gambling and
sports betting haters. The bible bashers. Who do they
think they are trying to push their beliefs onto others.
Many Australians just love a punt, and that's the
way it is. Some of the gaming haters have strong ties
to church groups and there appears to be some sort
of brainwashing system going on. They keep discussing
the 'evils of gambling'. I mean, seriously, come on.
People know not to over-do it on on the slots, sports
events, poker and the like, but the haters keep trying
to be the thought police. Gambling companies in Australia
have a very high focus on responsible gambling with
warnings everywhere. It's great to see the gambling
and gaming industry place so much focus on safe better.
The sports stadiums will be great for business, ,
but no one is forcing anyone to have a bet. It's a
personal decision, as it always has been. 2011 is
going to be a very exciting year for punters, especially
those who like to have a bet of sports matches, and
television and online website portals and brands will
bring it all together nicely".
to the first prime target #1...The modest 22,500-capacity
sports ground, owned by Penrith City Council, was
in a past life known as CUA Stadium. What's up is
that the club's contract with the Brisbane financial
services company has expired, and negotiations between
Panthers, the footy club and Centrebet have been taking
place, even prior to Christmas about renaming the
stadium. Other clubs and stadiums have also caught
the buzz and are opening chequebooks and crunching
first of its kind business agreement between the club
and Centrebet is just about a done deal, and ink is
expecting to try on contracts sooner rather than later,
possibly within a fortnight. An exciting, if not controversial
type of announcement is fully expected by the Panthers
in the coming week. Sports and gambling commentators
are quick to point out that Penrith already has ties
to Centrebet, the gambling brand being lit up across
the top of the video screen at the stadium. This kind
of exposure has also been very good for their mobile
- hand held device sector.
campaigner Senator Nick Xenophon is especially unhappy
with the development of the gambling branded sports
stadiums in Australia. He went on recent with:
can a footy code currently embroiled in a betting
scandal possibly allow a stadium to be named after
a betting agency? There was a time when rugby league
was all about the game. Now it's all about the odds,
and that is ruining the game".
the last couple of years the NRL (and AFL) has watered
down its laws and regulations relating to clubs' deals
and partnerships with gambling - sports betting firms,
allowing them to be branded on footy jerseys for a
virgin time. Cronulla Sharks have sponsor PokerStars
(.net) on their jersey sleeves while cashed up Manly
Sea Eagles are tipped to have Centrebet's signage
on the back of their jerseys this season after a widely
reported $1 million plus deal with the Northern Territory
based betting outfit announced just before Christmas.
Yep, it looks like a few clubs and stadiums will be
getting their Christmas presents and will have lots
to celebrate, while the gambling haters will be spewing
in Grinch like fashion.
National Rugby League of course also has corporate
ties with TAB Sportsbet, and is understood to snatch
a 5% "product fee" via the company's rugby
league betting profit.
spokesman John Brady advised he would not comment
on individual clubs' sponsorship agreements but maintained
there was no concern about the prospect of gambling
agencies assuming naming rights for the game's venues,
at least from his take on the situation.
an area that was relaxed last year. As such there
are a number of betting sponsorships that are available
to clubs in terms of jerseys and other opportunities,"
advised any and all betting firms involved with the
NRL via sponsorship of clubs were made to sign "integrity
agreements" to ensure transparency.
majority of NRL clubs now have corporate deals with
betting agencies. Centrebet sponsors five teams: Penrith,
Manly, Parramatta, St George Illawarra and North Queensland.
"Comon' Betfair and PartyGaming, pull you're
finger out", a Media Man sports journalist was
overheard shouting when he found out the news of Centrebet's
ongoing infiltration of the sport.
stadium pending name change has been intertwined we
understand by some to the financial problems that
have hit the football club's parent body, Panthers
licensed club is no longer quite the licence to print
money as it was in the 90s Some audited figures about
to do public by the conclusion of the month are expected
to show black and white confirmation of a Murdoch
- News Limited news story of last February that said
Panthers were due to report a rather embarrassing
net loss of $11 million bucks.
are not afraid to speak on the record about their
on and off field performance, which has seen better
Simpson, Panthers Group chief exec since last July,
said a culture change and "renewal of process"
across Panthers clubs had improved their situation.
Analysts question that was a PR line or absolute truth.
Mind you, we don't blame club for trying to focus
on positives. "We're probably looking at reducing
that loss by somewhere in the order of $8-$9 million,"
spokesperson said "At this stage of the gaming
the overseas trend of seeing sports groups and football
teams pick up sponsorship and strong branding for
gambling, gaming... sports betting companies looks
to be moving full speed ahead down under in Australia.
Centrebet might become the Bwin of Australia. PartyGaming
is said to be currently crunching numbers to see if
an Australian sports ground deal is viable. They already
have a Aussie Millions former champion sponsored by
their poker brand and a couple of Aussie poker players
signed up, so anything is possible. James Packer's
Betfair, a direct competitor of Centrebet is not likely
to take the situation lying down either. Betfair is
50% Packer owned and wants to keep building their
sports betting brand, as well as opening up many online
casino games in Australia, poker and more. Could an
Australian sports stadium ever be known as PartyGaming
stadium or WPT Stadium? Not overnight, but never say
never, stranger things have happened. It's all going
to add a lot of money into the game and business of
sport and entertainment, and already our firm is starting
to experience some positive spin off benefits. It's
all very exciting and profitable".
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and the Wharf Theatre, the Capitol Theatre and the
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movies have also been filmed in Sydney including Singh
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most popular nightspots include Kings Cross, Oxford
Street, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and The Rocks,
which all contain various bars, nightclubs and restaurants.
Star City Casino, is Sydney's only casino and is situated
around Darling Harbour. There are many traditional
pubs, cafes and restaurants in inner-city areas such
as Newtown, Balmain, Leichhardt and Surry Hills. Sydney's
main live music hubs include areas such as Newtown
and Annandale, which nurtured acts such as AC/DC,
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popular nightspots tend to be spread throughout the
city in areas such as Bondi, Manly, Cronulla and Parramatta.
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In the year ending March 2008, Sydney received 2.7
million international visitors. The most well-known
attractions include the Sydney Opera House and the
Sydney Harbour Bridge. Other attractions include Royal
Botanical Gardens, Luna Park, some 40 beaches and
also has several popular museums, such as the Australian
Museum (natural history and anthropology), the Powerhouse
Museum (science, technology and design), the Art Gallery
of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art
and the Australian National Maritime Museum.
and outdoor activities
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and has many natural areas, even in the city centre.
Within the CBD are the Chinese Garden of Friendship,
Hyde Park, The Domain and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
The metropolitan area contains several national parks,
including the Royal National Park, the second oldest
national park in the world, and several parks in Sydney's
far west which are part of the World Heritage listed
Greater Blue Mountains Area.
Sport is an important part of Sydney's culture. The
most popular sport in Sydney is rugby league. The
NSWRFL (today known as the NRL) began in Sydney in
the 1908 season and is the largest and most prestigious
domestic rugby league competition in the Southern
Hemisphere. The city is home to nine of the sixteen
teams currently in the National Rugby League competition:
the Canterbury Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks, Manly Sea
Eagles, Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels, South Sydney
Rabbitohs, St George Illawarra Dragons, Sydney Roosters
and Wests Tigers.
is the most popular summer sport in Sydney. The Ashes
Series between Australia and England is widely popular
among the people. As the state capital, Sydney is
also the home of the NSW Blues cricket team in the
Sheffield Shield cricket competition. Sydney Cricket
Ground and ANZ Stadium here host cricket matches.
This city has also hosted 1992 Cricket World Cup and
will also host the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Sydney
Cricket Ground is at present the only test venue in
the city. Plans are going on to accommodate ANZ Stadium
as an international cricket venue for Australia.
Sydney is the only city other than Brisbane and Melbourne
to have an elite presence in the 4 major football
codes of Australia - rugby league, football (soccer),
rugby union and AFL. Association Football is represented
by Sydney FC and Sydney Rovers FC (from 2011) in the
A-League, whilst the second tier competitions NSWPL
and NSW Super League provide many players to the A-League.
Sydney also hosts major association football events
of the national team, the Socceroos, most notably
the World Cup Qualifier against Uruguay in 2005. Rugby
Union is represented by the NSW Waratahs in the elite
Southern Hemisphere Super 14 competition. The Suburban
rugby competition is the Shute Shield which provides
many Super 14 players. High profile Wallabies games
are held in Sydney such as the Bledisloe Cup, Tri
Nations matches, British and Irish Lions games, and
most notably the final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup
also has an Australian Football League (AFL) team
called the Sydney Swans; with a second team - GWS
(Greater Western Sydney) forming to enter the main
AFL league in 2012, a woman's netball team (Swifts),
a baseball team (Patriots), a field hockey team (Waratahs),
two ice hockey teams (Penrith Bears & Sydney Ice
Dogs) and a WNBL team (Sydney Uni Flames). The Sydney
Kings will be re-entering the NBL competition at the
end of 2010.
NSW Blues rugby league team contests the annual Rugby
League State of Origin series against the Queensland
Maroons. Large sporting events such as the NRL Grand
Final and Bledisloe Cup games are regularly held at
the ANZ Stadium, the main stadium for the 2000 Summer
events in Sydney include the start of the Sydney to
Hobart Yacht Race, the Golden Slipper horse race,
and the City to Surf race. Prominent sporting venues
in Sydney include the Sydney Cricket Ground or SCG,
ANZ Stadium, The Sydney Football Stadium, Eastern
Creek Raceway, Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens
Media in Sydney
building in Ultimo
Sydney has two main daily newspapers. The Sydney Morning
Herald is the oldest extant newspaper in Australia,
having been published regularly since 1831. The Herald's
competitor, The Daily Telegraph, is a News Corporation-owned
tabloid. Both papers have tabloid counterparts published
on Sunday, The Sun-Herald and the Sunday Telegraph,
three commercial television networks (Seven, Nine,
Ten), as well as the government national broadcast
services (ABC and SBS) are headquartered in Sydney.
Also a community television station, TVS, broadcasts
in the Sydney area. Historically, the networks have
been based in the northern suburbs, but the last decade
has seen several move to the inner city. Nine has
kept its headquarters north of the harbour, in Willoughby.
Ten has its studios in a redeveloped section of the
inner-city suburb of Pyrmont, and Seven also has headquarters
in Pyrmont, production studios at Epping as well as
a purpose-built news studio in Martin Place in the
ABC has a large headquarters and production facility
in the inner-city suburb of Ultimo and SBS has its
studios at Artarmon. Foxtel and Optus both supply
pay-TV over their cable services to most parts of
the urban area.
five free-to-air networks have provided digital television
transmissions in Sydney since January 2000. There
are also nine additional Freeview Digital Services.
These include ABC2, ABC3, ABC News 24, SBS Two, 7TWO,
7mate, GO!, GEM HD and ONE HD.
AM and FM government, commercial and community radio
services broadcast in the Sydney area. The local ABC
radio station is 702 ABC Sydney (formerly 2BL).
The talkback radio genre is dominated by the perennial
rivals 2GB and 2UE. Popular Music radio stations include
Triple M, 2Day FM and Nova 96.9, which generally target
people under 40. In the older end of the music radio
market, Classic Rock 95.3 and Mix 106.5 target the
2554 age group, while WS-FM targets the 4054
age group with their Classic Hits format mostly focusing
on the 70s and 80s. Triple J (ABC), 2SER and FBi Radio
provide a more independent, local and alternative
sound. There are also a number of community stations
broadcasting to a particular language group or local
1 July 2009, DAB+ Digital Radio officially started.
ABC and commercial radios provide full programing.
Local Government Areas
Apart from the limited role of the Cumberland County
Council from 19451964, there has never been
an overall governing body for the Sydney metropolitan
area; instead, the metropolitan area is divided into
local government areas (LGAs) which are comparable
to boroughs in cities such as London. These areas
have elected councils which are responsible for functions
delegated to them by the New South Wales State Government,
such as planning and garbage collection.
City of Sydney includes the central business area
and some adjoining inner suburbs, and has in recent
years been expanded through amalgamation with adjoining
local government areas, such as South Sydney. It is
led by the elected Lord Mayor of Sydney and a council.
The Lord Mayor, however, is sometimes treated as a
representative of the whole city, for example during
citywide government activities are controlled by the
state government. These include public transport,
main roads, traffic control, policing, education above
preschool level, and planning of major infrastructure
projects. Because a large proportion of the New South
Wales population lives in Sydney, state governments
have traditionally been reluctant to allow the development
of citywide governmental bodies, which would tend
to rival the state government. For this reason, Sydney
has always been a focus for the politics of both state
and federal parliaments. For example, the boundaries
of the City of Sydney LGA have been significantly
altered by state governments on at least four occasions
since 1945, with expected advantageous effect to the
governing party in the New South Wales Parliament
at the time.
The 38 LGAs commonly described as making up Sydney
classification of which councils make up Sydney varies.
The Local Government Association of New South Wales
considers all LGAs lying entirely in Cumberland County
as part of its 'Metro' group, which excludes Camden
(classed in its 'Country' group). The Australian Bureau
of Statistics defines a Sydney Statistical Division
(the population figures of which are used in this
article) that includes all of the above councils as
well as Wollondilly, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury,
Gosford and Wyong.
Water storage and supply for Sydney is managed by
the Sydney Catchment Authority, which is an agency
of the NSW Government that sells bulk water to Sydney
Water and other agencies. Water in the Sydney catchment
is chiefly stored in dams in the Upper Nepean Scheme,
the Blue Mountains, Woronora Dam, Warragamba Dam and
the Shoalhaven Scheme. Historically low water levels
in the catchment have led to water use restrictions
and the NSW government is investigating alternative
water supply options, including grey water recycling
and the construction of a seawater reverse osmosis
desalination plant at Kurnell. As of May 2009, the
plant was 80% completed, and was due to start supplying
fresh water to Sydney at the end of the year.
late January 2010, the NSW government announced that
desalination plant was operating and people in different
regions were being supplied with desalinated water.
There were no complaints or reports about water odour,
which people had previously perceived was going to
be present. Sydney Water also collects
the wastewater and sewage produced by the city.
companies supply natural gas and electricity to Sydney:
Energy Australia, AGL, Integral Energy and Origin
Energy. The natural gas supply for the city is sourced
from the Cooper Basin in South Australia. Numerous
telecommunications companies operate in Sydney providing
terrestrial and mobile telecommunications services.
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