This is not a coup, nor a revolution. This is an opportunity for USA Rugby to ‘put the right players on the field’, this time in the Boardroom. I will work with Will Chang, Chad Keck, RIM, etc.. and provide the necessary leadership, culture, and accountability to ensure financial success and on field success.
This is not a question of “If we should make a change”, or “When we should make a change”. That time is now. We have no more time to lose. The lack of transparency, and cloak and dagger behavior will cease.
I will work tirelessly to drive sustainable fundraising (not with last minute efforts forcing our CEO to make a video with his hands out begging), sustainable sponsorship, and ensure that each and every member of USA Rugby and the American Rugby Community is getting the biggest ‘bang for the buck’ regardless of the level of revenue that is generated.
When RIM was formed, “Who was sitting on the side of the table exclusively representing USA Rugby’s best interests?” Answer: No One.
The ‘deal’ that USAR made with RIM regarding the ‘license’ fee were made by the same individuals all sitting in the same room (i.e. Melville, Chang, Keck, Latham) or a similar analogy and constructing the ‘deal’. I ask you, “Who was sitting on the side of the table representing USA Rugby’s best interests?”. This a question, it is not divisive.
Contact a USAR Congress member. Please copy me, and I am sure Dan Payne (
USAR CEO) would welcome your thoughts, although he has no formal say in this matter. This is a Congress issue. Let’s do this, together. Be bold. Make it happen.
Congress, especially Jeremiah – you have the power to make this happen. It is the right thing to do. Will you make a difference?
Other Articles I have written or filmed regarding this topic:
- Video: Tony Ridnell on USA Rugby Chairman job, & an Education on RIM
- A Strong Request to the USA Rugby Congress: Tony Ridnell, Chairman
- Attn: USA Rugby & RIM: “Winning is EVERYTHING to a sponsor” & a Question of Confidence at RBEA.
- A thought on USA Rugby: Does mediocre Board performance ultimately effect on field performance?