SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 15: Dragons players take to the field during the round 18 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Wests Tigers at UOW Jubilee Oval on July 15, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Controversial details have emerged over the naming rights sponsor of Kogarah Oval, prompting a motion to be moved at a meeting of Georges River Council to terminate the current contract and reopen negotiations.

Less than a fortnight ago, the Council announced that the Dragons’ home ground would be named Netstrata Jubilee Stadium after local company Network Strata Services won the tender.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the tender only managed to secure $81,000 per year for the naming rights, paling in comparison to sums paid for naming rights at other NRL home grounds.

Southern Cross Group paid $500,000 to have to have its name on the Cronulla Sharks home ground, while Lottoland forked out upwards of $1 million for naming rights at Manly’s Brookvale Oval.

The Herald reports that local businessman Norman Sarraf claims he was excluded from making a bid, however the Georges River Council denies the accusation.

Sarraf, the NSW executive chairman of children’s cancer charity Camp Quality, also runs a competing strata company.

The Herald claims to have seen emails from Sarraf to Georges River Council in April 2018 asking to be kept informed of the expression of interest process for the naming rights tender.

However, Sarraf claims he was never invited to bid.

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“I have a standing $100,000 offer – if the contract is cancelled that I will call it Camp Quality Stadium,” Sarraf told The Herald.

“All the hospitality boxes and catering packages will be donated to the kids and their families.”

One Georges River councillor had told the Herald that the Council would move a motion Monday night to terminate the contract immediately and reopen the tender.

“The extraordinary meeting was called at the request of three councillors to address a public complaint from Mr Norman Sarraf,” the councillor explained.

Netstrata has not yet commented on the issue.

8 COMMENTS

  1. Who cares❗❕❗❕❗❕❗❕❗❕❗❕
    At 15 dollars a cap/hat at the markets. 3hats paid only 45 bucks to name his head three hats.⛑🎩👒

  2. Who gives a flying shishkerbab about this story? There are far more important things happening in the world!

    • Then what the f@$k are you reading RL stories for. No one forced you to the read the story. Anyway since when isn’t corruption at council level not important.

  3. Does anyone seriously call Kograh or Jubilee by anything else, who calls Brookie Lottoland ? Shark Park has had more names than I’ve had women. Imagine calling Leichhardt anything else ??? Nobody cares it causes confusion and pisses punters off because they don’t know where the game is being played.

    • Yes I’m with you mate. I stick to the original names. Endeavour Field, The Football Stadium, Olympic Stadium, Lang Park, Penrith Park, Kogarah, Brookvale, SCG.

      All these silly sponsor names high jacking our footy culture is not my cup of tea.💪🐔👍

    • Agree 100%. The ground is council owned and utilised by numerous codes. Is this story being splashed across the A League too??? Not a Saints or NRL issue here

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