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talk talk. or not.

Why is nearly every aspect of the Cup formerly known as the America’s Cup, in one form or another, a shit-show?
The long-running dispute between Team New Zealand and the America’s Cup Events Authority is set to come to a head this week.
The Herald¬†understands Team NZ’s protest over the ACEA’s backtracking on an agreement awarding Auckland hosting rights for the America’s Cup sailing qualifiers will finally be heard by an arbitration panel in London this week.
The protest dates back more than a year when the ACEA made sweeping changes to the design rules and regatta programme for the 35th America’s Cup, which saw the qualifier series, originally scheduled for February 2017, withdrawn from Auckland.
But due to blanket confidentiality rules that have since been imposed, neither party is allowed to acknowledge the existence of the dispute.
When asked last month at the launch of the team’s new test boat whether the Kiwi syndicate had been notified when the protest would be heard, chief operating officer Kevin Shoebridge responded: “Unfortunately we’re in a position now where we can’t even comment on arbitration.”
Read on, thanks to the NZ Herald.