Get off the rocks!

Dear Editor

Re: Campaign calls on the Rock

Dream on. 

Seiyuli Dwayne Johnson will just see this as an empty, no-returns investment proposal, like hundreds others that he will have come across. 

It’s basically absurd to ask a single personality to help underwrite an investment that costs upwards of at least USD$50m a year annually, in a sport that continues to see a decline in cash returns at stadiums and PPV. 

In the global game of entertainment, people aren’t as interested in team sports anymore, the trend of personal entertainment means people would rather pay $5 for a game app than $5 for a PPV for a single game. 

Stadiums full of rugby fans are a thing of the past. 

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Unless traditional income for rugby and team sports in general is restructured to allow for investors to be satisfied, rugby could be on its last legs.

In an unrelated matter, I read your editorial titled “Two lives lost at To Sua too many.”

There are diving operations in Samoa. They should have been contacted to help out as well. 

They would have taken all the precautions for safety that professional outfits do. While unlikely to have been there on time, perhaps they could be asked to consider an exploratory dive to see exactly what the situation is there. 

Two missing bodies means something is afoot. 

So a scientific exploration plus a dive and maybe it will reveal perhaps some hidden caves interacting with a particular current and wave action that sucks objects in and trapping them. 

Perhaps flag with N.I.W.A. or C.S.I.R.O., and work with M.N.R.E. and Fisheries Division of M.A.F.?

 

Ioane Sauniatu 

 

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