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Bulldogs' sponsorship deal under threat

By Ian McCullough 10/04/2009 06:36:24 PM Comments (0)

The Bulldogs' new $2 million sponsorship deal with retailer Strathfield could be under threat after complaints from Telstra.

Telstra, who are the NRL's main sponsors, have voiced concerns about the Bulldogs linking up with a company who sell rival Optus products.

Bulldogs chief executive Todd Greenberg admitted he did not speak to the NRL about the deal before agreeing to the lucrative arrangement, which was announced on Thursday, but said he was hopeful it will not be scrapped.

"I have apologised for not giving the NRL the heads up but my thought process was that we were dealing with a group I term as an audio car retailer and I didn't in any way, shape of form think it would fall into the telecommunications category," Greenberg said.

"We are currently in talks with the NRL to determine what can be done and hopeful that a workable solution can be found to make sure we keep such a significant sponsorship in rugby league.

"I am due to have talks with Telstra and the NRL over the next 24 hours ... these are tough economic times but we need to be conscious of the fact the NRL have a deal in place with Telstra.

"The NRL have been supportive so far and I have had good dialogue with them so I am hopeful we can resolve any differences we may have."

Chairman of the Strathfield Group, Vaz Hovanessian, said only 10 per cent of his company's turnover was from sales of Optus phones and hoped the deal would remain in place.

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