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Shades of LeBron but Dustin Martin’s TV announcement not ideal for Richmond

first_imgRichmond boss Brendon Gale concedes the television announcement of the multi-million dollar re-signing of AFL star Dustin Martin was far from ideal but flagged it as the way of the future.The Tigers missed the opportunity to release one of the biggest news stories in the AFL club’s history, having to hand control to Martin and his manager Ralph Carr, who sold it to Channel Nine’s Footy Show for a reported $50,000. Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley ‘rapt’ after getting two-year contract extension Australia sport There were shades of NBA star LeBron James, who announced his deal with Miami Heat via a live television special titled “The Decision”. Gale said the Tigers would have preferred to make the announcement themselves.“It certainly wasn’t our preference,” Gale said. “The most important thing about this footy club is our members and we would much prefer that we had given our members the opportunity to hear first.”With Martin reportedly giving up as much as $2m dollars in choosing the Tigers over a mega-deal offered by North Melbourne, Gale said he couldn’t deny him the television pay-off.“I’m not going to begrudge Dustin – he’s turned his back on a lot of money which is incredible so to do a paid exclusive interview and get a bit of earn I’m comfortable with that and I’m sure our fans are comfortable too,” he said. “I could have made the announcement nude and our fans wouldn’t care.”Gale said the way the news was released was something that clubs may have to get used to. “Clubs do tend to want to control everything but perhaps it’s the way of future, that the nature of our business is increasingly an entertainment business.Despite the massive deal Gale didn’t think Martin, who has always been reticent about the spotlight and the media, would become a spokesman for the club.“I wouldn’t expect much change in the way he goes goes about things; for us the high payoff is the way he goes about things on the footy field,” Gale said. “He’s extraordinarily popular but that comes through his on-field deeds.” Read more Topics Share via Email Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger AFL Support The Guardian Since you’re here… news Share on WhatsApp Australian rules football Richmond Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more