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Respected New Zealand journalist Dana Johannsen has called for ETNZ to pull out of the next America's Cup because the protocol is so heavily weighted in favour of the defender, Oracle Team USA. Johannsen writes in The New Zealand Herald:

Team New Zealand should not enter the next America's Cup.

Considering the Kiwi syndicate's long association with the event, and how agonisingly close Dean Barker and his crew got to snatching the Auld Mug away from Oracle last September, that is not an easy statement to make. But scouring the 78-page document released yesterday outlining the rules for the next America's Cup, it is difficult to find a compelling reason for Emirates Team NZ to be involved.

The terms imposed by defenders Oracle Team USA are among the most self-serving rules that have been tabled in the 163-year history of the event. Team NZ, and the other potential challengers should not play any part in it.

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