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Discussion in 'The Footy Industry' started by Kanga man, May 22, 2009.

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  1. Essendon_Fan

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    You are forgetting that, regardless of your argument, AFL crowds saw, on average, more losses/draws of the top four AFL clubs when there were 15 clubs rather than 16 clubs.

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    Prey tell, why is that?

    I thought the answer to the universe and all that is "42".

    I guess the magical number "14" overrides all issues such as relocation, investment. list management, success cycles, salary cap, zones, draft and rookies and all other equalisation measures.
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    Unsurprisingly, the top teams ensured we didnt do that by - get this - signing their good players on long-term contracts once they read the rules on how we could recruit.

    Im also not sure how 5 top players - at, say, an average of Mitch Clarke and Chris Judd money - plus a reasonable player from everyone else at, say, $200k, fit in the one salary cap.
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    Now you are talking! Just 14 teams of the best AFL players going head-to-head each weekend in 'blood and guts' battles for their club (not for a cash fix) not seen since the '80s.
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    IMO the teams just didn't sign their "good" players they signed their best players down to as far as they could leaving very little choice. To play AFL you have to be a "good" player.

    I don't exactly why the GC and GWS didn't sign more mature players to better balance their young talent but it seemed to be more market driven to sign a marquee player to excite the potential fans. As we have seen with Melbourne, having talent means little if you haven't the right balance. the right balance means having a core of mature players and having players that are prepared to do the hard stuff.

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    You're totally missing my point. I'm not bagging GWS from not doing that, I'm saying if those were the circumstances in which the new team was brought into the league (btw I know it wouldn't have been popular and I'm happy it didn't happen that way), GWS would have been competetive.

    By the way, every top four team has (by definition) 5 top 5 players, plenty of reasonable ones, and some rookies/kids.

    I think you are getting confused about what I meant, I meant if you take one of the top 5 players from each top 4 team not the top 5 players in the comp.
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    I agree. But as you alluded to - it would never have happenned that way because of the total resistance.
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    That is correct, for new teams to be competitive they need to poach good players from established clubs, if they do not (and introduce a swathe of new players) they are not competitive.

    Now let us assume your scenario was true and GWS was allowed to take one good player from each club (therefore introduce a weaker player to each club), would I be correct in assuming this will weaken each club? To look at it in an absurd fashion, would a 2009 Geelong team with Ablett be able to beat a 2009 Geelong team without Ablett? and once again, using your scenario where each club is diluted evenly, extrapolated to the whole league; an AFL with 14 clubs will have a top four which will be able to beat the top four (that is 1st vs 1st, 2nd vs 2nd etc) of an AFL with 16+ clubs.
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    Nothing is mentioned of dilution.
    Everybody talks about the "talent" in GC, GWS and Melbourne.

    Do you think Carlton is ready for relocation because they are diluted with talent?

    That is one of the teams that are ready to drop isn't it?

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    Simple Jack brought up the scenario, I played with it.

    I am a proponent of geographical expansion but not club number expansion (for reasons stated). The question you should be asking is would you want to see a Carlton team with Judd play a Darwin team with Betts and Gibbs, or would you prefer to see a Darwin team of Judd, Betts, Gibbs, Swan, Pendlebury play a Tasmanian team of Franklin, Rioli, Mitchell, Riewoldt, Goddard?
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    I should note that in playing with the scenario I assume Simple Jack has some limiting factor (eg. salary cap) so that GWS/GCS does not receive one top five player from every club giving both GWS/GCS 16 good players and diluting all other clubs by two, in the process making two invincible clubs and fifteen shit clubs (Essendon excluded for obvious reasons).

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    I like it!

    And at each match between the two teams, to commemorate the occasion, the fans in attendance could each be served freshly-squeezed orange juice, in a moccasin :cool:
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    But as I understand it your saying drop Carlton.

    That's what you did imply isn't it.
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    Yes drop the name "Carlton" off the front of the Darwin Blues, they can keep their colours, players and mascot if they want.
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    So you want to drop Carlton (and three other clubs)at a time when crowds are booming. ratings have jumped and the AFL has never been so bouyant and when rival codes are struggling.

    Is that what you are saying?
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    You're making huge assumptions, which are either categorically wrong, or not proven to be right.

    1) Talent identification has reached perfection and is always right - clearly wrong
    2) Players that are no good at draft age will never be able to make the standard - clearly wrong
    3) A team with 5 great players, A B C D & E will be better than the same team with just A B C & D - not proven to be right, I'll get to this one later.
    4) Every player on an AFL list is inarguably better than every player not on one - shown in the last couple of years to be wrong. + links with 2.

    Using your Geelong 2009 with Ablett v 2009 without, you are assuming that without Ablett all the other players would maintain their exact output and not improve, with more responsibility to be shared around the other mids.

    If you say Ablett provides an output of 5 'good player units', and assume Geelong have 8 mids, if you take all 5 of Abletts gpu's out of the team, all that has to happen for the team to maintain their standard is to have just over half the rest of the mids improve by 1 gpu.

    I'm not saying this is what happened, or what would happen, but the fact that it COULD happen proves that your assumption is not unquestionably correct.

    Also, consider this: Podsiadly is a better player than Zac Dawson. I don't think anyone would disagree with this statement (if you do let me know and I'll find another example).

    If team 'a' loses their best player to an expansion franchise, team 'a' then has one more spot on their list to fill from outside the AFL.

    Now say for instance Geelong lost Ablett to another franchise, and with the space on their list, brought in Pods (I know this isn't what happened but I'm using it to illustrate a point).

    We've gone from having a league containing;
    Ablett
    Zac Dawson

    To one with
    Ablett
    Pods
    Zac Dawson

    Now because Pods is a better player than Zac Dawson, the quality of the league as gone up.

    More teams = more spots. If talent identification was perfect and the best 800 odd footballers were in the AFL and every other player not in the AFL was worse, then you would be 100% correct. To fill more spots would mean bringing in lower standard players. But it isn't, so it doesn't.

    But aside from all of that, if we follow your hypothesis and take it to an extreme level and get rid of everyone but two teams, we would have 88 AFL listed players.

    This competition would no doubt be of a higher standard than now, but what would happen to all the previously great players?

    They would look average. The reason we view them as good players is because their performance is better than the majority of those around them, if we get rid of everyone who's performace is worse, they will stop looking as good because their level of ability will be the average, not the exception.

    There are no arbitrary performace indicators in football that can be used to determine one player is better than another, there are only comparative ones.
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    Seems that way doesn't it? Maybe because that is exactly what I am saying.

    A league is only as good as its weakest club, I would prefer to watch good AFL footy than concern myself over a few Carlton fans who cannot get up to TIO stadium every second weekend.
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    And quite right too.

    If Carlton fans care about their club, they should be damn well dedicated enough to make the commute. They could all use a little more cultural experience anyway.
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    So you want to drop Carlton (and three other clubs)at a time when crowds are booming. ratings have jumped and the AFL has never been so bouyant and when rival codes are struggling.

    So you want to drop Carlton, a team that drew 85k to the MCG and consistantly draws blockbuster crowds wherever it plays and is an absolute icon in Australian football?

    Is that what you are saying?
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    I actually said a top 5 player from the top 4 clubs and just a decent player from everyone else, so yes salary cap would be fine.

    Sorry but that is rubbish. A league is only as good as the sum of ALL it's clubs.

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    Australian Football League            36,425         40,648
    Port Adelaide                         23,065       
    Brisbane                                             20,792
    
    The league as a total is clearly stronger than it's weakest club.
    Edit: I excluded Gold Coast because they are very new, but they would just strengthen my argument in this case.
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    If they can draw blockbuster crowds anywhere, then why not split games betwen Bairnsdale and Berlin?
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    East Berlin perhaps mate? I'm told there's a nice boutique oval stadium over on the Karl-Marx-Allee which would be extremely suitable.
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    I was thinking of the fans of alliteration - imagine them jumping on board the Bairnsdale-Berlin Blockbuster Blues.
    They might get some country music fans with a name like that too.
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    Only if you are assuming I am stating something that I am not (read my posts), the ~80 players introduced (as noted in a previous post) have a normal distribution of talent, this normal distribution will have an average that is below that of the AFL (that does not mean that all the ~80 players are worse than all the players in the AFL) but when these ~80 players are introduced into the AFL the average of the AFL moves down.

    RE: Your Ablett example, are you stating that injuries should not matter as this should lead to improved team performance?
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    Yep, I cannot explain it to you in any other way, do you want me to draw you a picture?
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