During the interview granted On Radio Nettuno Bologna Uno, Virtus Bologna CEO Luca Baraldi and GM Paolo Ronci spoke about the club’s economic situation.
Baraldi: “I want to reassure the fans. There was a press conference in June where there was a great deal of concern about statements on the budget revision.”
Baraldi: “We have met the top management of the EuroLeague and we have always received messages of appreciation.” We made commitments and kept them, including financial fair play. To say that Zanetti is giving up, to say that Zanetti doesn’t want to anymore… that’s all nonsense. It’s bad things. Zanetti is the shareholder of this company, he had the ability to attract a new shareholder like Gherardi, all enthusiasts should be proud of that.”
Baraldi: “We had our position in the EuroLeague, the one who took the risk was Valencia.” Valencia is owned by the Mercadona brothers, who are Esselunga four times, they make a turnover of 30 million euros. The work of this company has been rewarded for its seriousness and solidity.”
Baraldi: “In this company, wages are paid a day before and never a day after.” We have 140 commercial partners, we will soon present new shirt sponsors, we are one of the four teams in Europe with two teams in the EuroLeague, we have a workforce that is not older than 30 years. I was sorry and proud to see the humiliation of the staff when it seemed we all had butt patches. It is a company that I proudly represent.”
Baraldi: “The arena, the foundation stone will be laid in October.” We preferred to stay with a multi-year lease, which is equivalent to a shareholder function. This choice was also made due to the financial parameters of the EuroLeague. be freer We are a sports club, not a real estate club.”
Ronci: “I’m happy when I see a positive atmosphere in the team. When the team and the public find empathy, I’m happy. Our goal is to compete in Italy and improve on last season’s position. I would be happy if the entire virtussino audience will love this team. With that love, the group has the blood to do their best.”
Baraldi: “I’m happy when our people are happy.” In Italy the goal is to at least reach the final and in the EuroLeague it would be important to be better because that means people count more than money. “