Early last month, Rangers were reportedly in talks with five-time NFL Superbowl champions, the Dallas Cowboys. Rangers fans in North America were informed by Rangers chief executive Charles Green and commercial director Imran Ahmed that they had been in talks with the NFL side over a lucrative commercial partnership.

Speaking to fans in Toronto, Ahmad boasted: “We have been in talks with Dallas Cowboys about commercial partnership and we are looking to start an academy in North America.”

However, when Scotzine approached Dallas Cowboys to find out what a partnership with Rangers would entail and what the American Football side would gain from linking up with the Third Division side, the Vice President of Public Relations & Communications for the Dallas Cowboy, Rich Dalrymple, said: “No one on this end is familiar [with]any such conversations.”

When questioned further Dalrymple added that the Dallas Cowboys only deal with organisations, in terms of commercial partnerships, that centre on ‘just American Football’.

So the question is why are Imran Ahmed and Charles Green informing fans in North America of talks ongoing over a commercial partnership with the NFL side, when Dallas have not heard about it? Why claim talks have already taken place when none have? What would Rangers gain from informing their fans in North America of talks with one of NFL’s premier clubs?

NARSA President Billy Ferguson, who was in attendance during the whistle-stop tour, however, stated that: “Charles [Green] and Imram [Ahmed] had requested, that prior to the meeting starting that they would prefer that any information coming from the meeting was to come directly from Rangers.”

Ferguson added: “NARSA respect those wishes and kindly refuse to comment.”

Rangers have been unavailable for comment.

Published in Scotzine on November 1st 2012

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