@Cultured_Bogan Just to add to that, and not to dismiss outright the emotions of other people, but as far as i’m concerned (as an old Balmain Tiger), Balmain will always be 50% of the Joint Venture as long as the team is called the Wests TIGERS.
The club name is 50% Balmain, the club colors are 50% Balmain, and the club history is 50% Balmain. The boardroom paints a different picture, but last i checked we didn’t have signed posters of Leslie Glen or Simon Cook on our walls as kids.
And lastly, for those thinking that the plan is for the sinister Wests Group to spend a fortune on taking over Balmain before killing it off, well they could achieve this by simply sitting back and letting nature take its course, without spending a cent in the process.
But the fact they are going to these efforts is a strong signal that they understand that a place needs to be left at the table for Balmain, even if just tokenary as a nod to the JV’s history and supporter base.
I hope this all goes through and makes the Wests Tigers stronger in the process.