Sunday, August 7, 2011

America's Cup dispute is electronic not maritime

A mediation will be conducted this week in the dispute involving Team New Zealand arising out of the 34th America’s Cup protocol which mandates that teams’ content should be consolidated on the official website.

Team New Zealand’s position is that teams should be free to host its own internet sites, and that the present restriction on independent sites hinders commercial teams from raising funds. Allegations are that the rule could contribute to some teams not making it to San Francisco due to insufficient funding to mount an effective Cup challenge.

Team New Zealand is also sailing in the Volvo Ocean Race and the Extreme Sailing Series as well as the America’s Cup, and therefore, wants more than a Cup consolidated site.

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