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Jamaica's sports minister calls for corporate support to keep Tallawahs in Jamaica

By January 14, 2019

Jamaica’s sports minister Olivia Grange said her government is willing to back the Jamaica Tallawahs but simply cannot afford what is required for the franchise to remain in Jamaica for the start of the upcoming CPL season in August.

She has thus called on Corporate Jamaica to come to their aid.

The Tallawahs CEO Jeff Miller told Sportsmax.TV last week that they would likely relocate the franchise to another Caribbean island by the end of this month should they not get the required support from Jamaica.

He said the franchise that has been in Jamaica since 2013 simply could not afford to keep absorbing the massive losses from keeping the Tallawahs in Jamaica. The Tallawahs incurred losses of US$1.8m in 2018 and US$1.5 in 2017.

However, Minister Grange said they are willing offer support.

“I am in discussions with the Tallawahs and hope to find a way to give some support as I stretch the little that we have. The Tallawahs need in excess of US$1 million each year for the next three years. We cannot find that. I have to be clear and upfront about that. We cannot find that,” the minister said while speaking at the Melbourne Cricket Club’s Annual Dinner and Awards ceremony on Sunday.  In fact, it’s in excess of US$1.5 million. But, working with the private sector we could find a way.

“So this evening, I make a special appeal to corporate Jamaica to come on board with the Jamaica Tallawahs.”

The Minister disclosed that the government had been involved in efforts to court sponsors for the Tallawahs at the highest level.

“I must tell you we went as far as having the Prime Minister himself arrange a meeting with the Tallawahs and a private entity in Jamaica which also has an international connection,” she said.  “Several meetings were held.  Unfortunately, just maybe a couple weeks ago, the Tallawahs were told that this company is unable to assist.”

The minister said what the Tallawahs require is greater than the total subventions that the Ministry provides to more than 40 national sports federations each year.

 

Leighton Levy

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