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Eels CEO Bernie Gurr on stalled stadium deal

With the NRL Draw for 2019 set to be released next week the Parramatta Eels dropped the bombshell yesterday that, due to a breakdown in negotiations with Venues Live, they currently don’t know where their home games will be played next year

Speaking on the Macquarie Sports Radio breakfast show this morning Eels CEO Bernie Gurr gave an update on the negotiations with Venues Live as  well as a timeline for a deal to be worked out, “It’s difficult to put a time frame around it. The genesis of this situation is the fact that the NRL draw is coming out next week and therefore we do have to put on there the venues of where these games are going to be played. So at that point we were obligated to communicate with our members what’s going on with Western Sydney stadium so we’ve done that this week, it’s gone public.”

Gurr went on to say he was still confident a deal could get done, “Look we’re still comfortable to the point that there will be additional dialogue and that potentially we can get a deal done but there’s a bit of water to flow under that bridge yet. They’re quite sophisticated deals now, these stadium deals. We just want to be very fair and reasonable about it and at the moment we’re just not there with Venues Live”

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