January 5, 2007


Concern grows over marketing deal

Martin Williamson

The ongoing mystery over the marketing deal agreed by the USA Cricket Association and Centrex continues, with the USACA refusing to provide stakeholders or the media with any information.

It now seems that not even all the association's board of directors are aware of what has been signed. "At a conference call on November 16 we were promised a copy of the deal," one member told Cricinfo. "We were clearly told that it would not be in electronic form as "some" board members were prone to "leaking" such information and the executive was going to make it harder to "leak" such information."

He continued: "A marketing deal that is supposed to be beneficial to the organisation is not touted to the membership and press as the best things since sliced bread; instead we are concerned about the information "leaking" to the media and the membership. I know, I find that rather hard to swallow too."

The USACA has a long history of refusing to keep stakeholders informed, and for several years it has effectively shut out the media. Senior officials have repeatedly refused to answer questions put to them by Cricinfo.

There is growing concern over exactly what the new deal, which according to some could earn US cricket millions of dollars, actually involves. Given that there is a continuing row over the USACA's constitution, there have also been questions as to whether it is within the current leadership's powers to agree to enter into such a major contract.


Martin Williamson is executive editor of ESPNcricinfo and managing editor of ESPN Digital Media in Europe, the Middle East and Africa

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Posted by Vinegar Singh on (January 7, 2007, 1:22 GMT)

I probably speak for most US cricketers when I say that I play organized cricket in the US in spite of people like USACA "executives" rather than because of them. Either they should add value to the leagues across the nation run by volunteers involved for the love of the game, or they should have some self-respect and respect for the rest of us and move on to another calling. The US probably gets less from the sum of our parts than any other nation, and I don't see this changing with clowns pretending to run the show.

Posted by Tman on (January 5, 2007, 19:12 GMT)

Is there anyone inside the USACA that can call these guys to account and demand they tell people what is happening. Its a joke that they can run something as secret as the Klan and nobody can do a damn thing about it.

Dainty - speak to us. What the hell is happening. Either do that or get out.

Posted by JR on (January 5, 2007, 13:10 GMT)

Which members of the Board of Directors have been informed of the agreement? Dainty may be an attorney, maybe not, but without a formal vote to authorize the Executive Committee to enter into a binding contractual agreement the agreement can be rendered null and void in the courts. Could another lawsuit be in the works? Danity used the existing constitution to his advantage in the last legal proceedings, it wont this time. Maybe the US Attorney can be convinced to enter the fray on behalf of the membership.

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Martin Williamson
Executive editor Martin Williamson joined the Wisden website in its planning stages in 2001 after failing to make his millions in the internet boom when managing editor of Sportal. Before that he was in charge of Sky Sports Online and helped launch and run Sky News Online. With a preference for all things old (except his wife and children), he has recently confounded colleagues by displaying an uncharacteristic fondness for Twenty20 cricket. His enthusiasm for the game is sadly not matched by his ability, but he remains convinced that he might be a late developer and perseveres in the hope of an England call-up with his middle-order batting and non-spinning offbreaks. He is now managing editor of ESPN EMEA Digital Group as well as his Cricinfo responsibilities.

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