Dana Johanssen: Dalton's fighting talk can't hide problems for ETNZ

NZ Herald. By Dana Johanssen:

Just as the news Bermuda is the next home of the America's Cup was expected, so too was Team New Zealand's bullish response.

Little more than 15 minutes had passed following the close of the press conference in New York, during which Bermuda was confirmed as the host of the 2017 event, before the Kiwi team released a strongly worded statement claiming the decision would not be a serious setback for the team. Over the next few hours Emirates Team New Zealand chief executive Grant Dalton reiterated his determination to get the team to the startline in 2017, keeping alive a sporting legacy that started nearly 30 years ago.

Dalton's fighting talk cannot mask the fact Team NZ remain in a precarious position. With the syndicate heavily reliant on Government funding to prop up their campaign, their place at the next event is far from a done deal, but any indication they are wavering would be likely to cast doubt in the minds of potential sponsors and supporters.

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