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A new commercial concept which will see a future Vodafone Warriors sponsor paying only when the team is winning, with part of it then donated to charity, has been launched by CEO Cameron George.

The unique concept would result in the back of the shorts sponsor paying $5000 if the team is leading at halftime, and then $5000 more if the team wins the game. Ten percent of the overall season earnings from that sponsorship will then go to charity, through the Great Vodafone Warriors Charity Day event.

George says the concept is another way the Vodafone Warriors are demonstrating innovation and creativity in the sports sector and within the NRL, pushing traditional boundaries when it comes to sponsorship, membership, ticket sales, fan engagement and game day activities.

"We’re a club that is passionate about our fans and our supporters, including our fantastic sponsors," he said.

"Being able to offer a potential new sponsor the chance to get its brand out there in front of more than 9.6 million broadcast viewers across Australia and New Zealand per season, is hugely valuable. On top of that, as the highest ranked team in the NRL for member satisfaction, and second for game day satisfaction, we at the Vodafone Warriors put on an experience like no other,."

The announcement follows two other new creative concepts the club introduced in the 2018 season including selling out Mount Smart Stadium for Simon Mannering’s 300th NRL match when fans paid whatever they were prepared to pay to go to the game.

Season memberships for 2019 also went on sale recently at a reduced rate, as part of the club’s commitment to maximising crowd numbers throughout the season and delivering exceptional atmosphere and experiences for fans on game days.

"We’re really looking forward to the 2019 season, and there will be plenty more creative thinking and new things to come in the new year for the Vodafone Warriors," he said.

"We are a dynamic and innovative club, and we are really looking forward to continuing to showcase this throughout our 25th season.

"This special season offers a one-off opportunity for a sponsor to support us in a new way while also knowing they’ll be contributing to charity as well.  It’s an exciting concept and we look forward to speaking with potential sponsors wanting to take up this new property.”

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