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In most sports, the rules are set by a governing force. Take the MLB- - ruled
over by the commissioner of baseball, this organization sets the rules for the leagues which are divided into American and National. They set the dates for the matches, the schedules, etc. However the leaders of the American and National leagues then set the rules for their groups of teams. The Designated Hitter position is a good example of how these vary. However, the America's Cup is ruled entirely differently. The winner of the previous race determines the rules for the next one. The dates, the location, even the boats they'll use. The American team, sponsored by Oracle, won the 2010 race in Spain. They determined that the next location would be in San Francisco, CA, in 2013, and that their boat of choice would be the incredibly fast, and much more technical AC72. This new boat uses a smaller 11 person crew, and is powered by a wing sail of approximately 37 meters.
|Frederic Levy, President, Nespresso USA; Stephen Barclay, CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority; and Patrice Bula, Chairman of Nespresso S.A., with the America’s Cup at the Nespresso San Francisco Boutique Opening. Photo courtesy of Nespresso|
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The final races of the America's Cup kick off September 7, 2013 and they will focus on the defending champion the Oracle Team USA, and the winner of the Louis Vuitton cup, the races of which are on going in San Francisco right now. I was able to attend two races last week, where the Nespresso Team New Zealand took a commanding lead. These will be races to watch!
Editor's Note: Team New Zealand DID IT! They are in for the official America's Cup races against Team USA!