‘Doesn’t make sense’: NRL boss Peter V’landis claims Bruno Mars concert will ‘undermine’ $15 million Everest horse race

Racing NSW and Australian Rugby League Commission boss Peter V’landis has targeted the New South Wales government, accusing them of undermining the upcoming Everest race.

The state government is said to be considering hosting a Bruno Mars concert at the soon-to-be-reopened football stadium in Sydney, on the same day that Everest is launched.

The race, which was the brainchild of V’landis and offers $15 million in prize money, will take place at the nearby Royal Randwick Hotel and is scheduled to take place on October 15th.

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Speaking to 2GB’s Ben Fordham on Friday, V’landis said the decision “will take the shine off both tournaments.”

“Why did you decide to split up Sydney to decide where to go? We have worked very hard to put together an event in Sydney, this is an event that we created. We have established it, we have guests from other states, guests from other countries,” he said.

“Why would you undermine it by throwing a one-off pop concert in the future? This is beyond understanding. I thought when I was told that it must have been the first of April.

“I just couldn’t believe it.”

V’landis stated that a younger generation of players would visit Everest, and that both the race and the Mars concert would be attractive to “the same market”.

“Everest attracts a younger generation, we are very proud that we have an event for people aged 20 to 35, and these are the very people who will go to Bruno Mars,” he said.

“Also, I don’t know if you’ve seen the road infrastructure in Moore Park and Sydney’s eastern suburbs, it can’t handle all these people in cars. Where are they going to park? There will be traffic chaos.

“It will take the shine off both events. Why don’t you do it the week before or the week after? They are both free weekends with no competition.

“You will never see the Victorian government put on a pop concert (against) the AFL final. It doesn’t make commercial sense. This is not good for New South Wales taxpayers.”

However, many experts could not believe that V’landis was so outraged and argued that his fears were completely unfounded.

Jake Benuaton of Zero Tackle tweeted: “I’m pretty sure the people going to Everest are not the people going to the Bruno Mars concert.”

Sports reporter Phil Lutton joked, “Bruno Mars HATES the six rep rule.”

Jack Fitzpatrick added: “He created the Everest as the destroyer of the Victorian spring carnival, which he had every right to do. And, of course, it was a stunning success.

“But you can’t complain when something conflicts with what you think already conflicts with something else.”

Originally published as ‘Doesn’t make sense’: V’landis claims Bruno Mars concert will ‘undermine’ horse racing by $15 million