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North hopes for better Telstra Dome deal

04/01/2009 06:57:26 PM Comments (0)

North Melbourne chief executive Eugene Arocca is hopeful the AFL can broker better financial deals for clubs in legal action against Telstra Dome management.

According to a report in the Sunday Herald Sun newspaper, the AFL has sought access to documents from Telstra Dome over the deals the venue has with sponsors and tenant clubs.

The AFL reportedly wants clubs to get better financial deals with the Dome and is concerned the new naming rights deal with United Arab Emirates-based airline Etihad will conflict with deals with rival airlines.

Arocca said the Kangaroos and other AFL clubs were missing out financially from Dome home games, whereas the Melbourne Victory needed to attract far lower crowds to A-League soccer games to make a return.

"From out point of view we would like to think that whatever happens it will be to the betterment of clubs like North Melbourne, the Western Bulldogs, Richmond, Carlton, any other club that plays there as a regular tenant," he told radio station SEN.

"There'd be no doubt that when Melbourne Victory's able to put on a game for 20,000 people they must be at least breaking even.

"We know for a fact that we can't break even for much less than 31,000-32,000, and that's assuming Melbourne Victory ... their break-even point might be as low as 13,000 or 14,000 people.

"We just wonder why other codes and competitions should get a better deal when we're the anchors who have actually (been) supporting the Telstra Dome more than any other league."

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