Not many people realized it at the time but when the AIG (American Insurance Group) was allowed to buy the New Zealand All Black rugby team it did not just buy a Rugby team.
It entered the body politic of New Zealand.
With the sponsorship contract worth $ 80 million, about $ 15 million per season it gained control over all Silver Fern Rugby groups in 2012.
Over the years since the AIG, Adidas Silver Fern brand has been extended to have a huge global reach and while the AIG has been mired in scandals and bail outs with the GEO’s still getting huge bonuses the All Blacks have helped AIG to keep an overall positive name in the Media.
This week the All Black team was announced in the Beehive in an astonishing and unprecedented amalgamation (Unless you count Hitler’s use of the Olympic games as a show case of his Aryan athletes) of NZ politics with sports. All the more glaring because it was National who during the spring bock tour announced that sports and politics should be kept separate and not mixed.
Yet here we have a corporation (the All Blacks) sponsored by two US corporations given the light of day in our governing body promoting the sport and by association one of the two biggest political parties (Yes Andrew Little was there too but as the enabler but seriously?) and a flag change nobody wants! That is an awful lot of money going towards the promotion of a political direction in our little country. The $ 80 million AIG money alone should count as the biggest unregistered political campaign contributions ever in NZ.
The issue is getting even more complicated if you realize that the Silver Fern Logo is (for all I know) owned by the All black Corporation which is sponsored by two of the more powerful international corporations: Adidas and AIG who also are lobbying for the TPPA to be implemented.
If you are not worried by these developments you have not been paying attention!