The AFL will have to spend, IMO, an additional $1 billion+ (in todays $) over the next 20 years to pay for:-I'd argue just as big as a factor is the simple times in which the matches are scheduled. If the AFL played on a Thursday and Monday night for every round of the season, they'd get more viewer[Agree]
. a huge increase in female AF facilities -due to the nationwide boom in the nos. of females playing AF.
. many current GR AF ovals will need improved lighting upgrades, to cater for regular GR twilight/early evening games. A shortage of ovals already exists in some areas, for both matches & training. The VAFA has told Umpires in 2018 a major increase in night matches is inevitable, due to shortage of ovals/boom in female GR AF.
. providing female Umpire toilets. Female Umpire nos. are increasing, & the Umpire rooms don't have female toilets.
Furthermore, additional funding, apart from the above, will be required for the AFLW in particular, & promoting/supporting female GR AF in general.
Paraphrasing, G. McLachlan has said in August 2018 "'There is nothing more important to the AFL than the AFLW". N.Livingstone, AFLW General Manager said "We want the AFLW to become a full time professional option for all its players, for those who want it" -WOW, potentially 600+ AFLW full timers!; & Peter Gordon, Footscray President, said " The development of female football is the most important event in the game since Wills & Harrison" ie since 1858 -WOW!
Also, how much will the AFL need to spend on its desire to create 24/7, 365 day pa entertainment venues on its DS land overlooking the waterfront (to produce more non-football revenue options); & to build its new HQ (the current HQ will be demolished to create the latter)?
For these reasons, I believe there should be an early Thursday evening game every week, & it should be a blockbuster -to bring in the big Rights/ advertising $.