Seems Freo paid for it.
https://thewest.com.au/sport/fremantle-dockers/fremantle-dockers-face-small-crowd-cash-hit-from-taking-on-gold-coast-game-ng-b88792404zFremantle are bracing for a financial hit over their decision to buy Gold Coast’s home game and stage it at Optus Stadium on Saturday.
The Dockers bought the match off the AFL given Gold Coast’s home ground, Metricon Stadium, has Commonwealth Games commitments and isn’t available for football until June.
Fremantle must also pay to hire Optus Stadium.
It is believed Fremantle have forked out about $1.2 million.
Tickets for the match aren’t included in Fremantle memberships and discounted tickets have been offered to bolster crowd numbers.
The Dockers initially gave members the chance to buy their 2018 reserved seat, while the cheapest adult seats are only $25. Adult tickets include free entry for two children.
http://www.afl.com.au/match-centre/2018/3/gcfc-v-freWhile Freo was expecting a financial loss after reportedly forking out $1.2m to buy the game from the Suns – whose home ground is being used for the Commonwealth Games – it could prove worth the outlay if the Dockers are in finals contention at season's end.
Perhaps, but I doubt the game would have generated enough tourism for them to justify a commitment on that scale. Cost of roughly half a million for *perhaps* 1000 visitors to a one off event doesn't seem like a particularly good investment.The Gold Coast game, I'm not convinced Freo paid $all to get that game. Reckon Tourism WA would have had the purse open.
Quite correct, however I've seen Tourism WA at work, i.e after $millions were spent in motor racing (Barbagallo Raceway upgrade) with Tourism WA nominally doing the marketing, and I'd say they dont get 'bang for the buck'.Perhaps, but I doubt the game would have generated enough tourism for them to justify a commitment on that scale. Cost of roughly half a million for *perhaps* 1000 visitors to a one off event doesn't seem like a particularly good investment.
Control - the whip hand at HQ. Not sure they need it though, the AFL guarantee would be sufficent if push came to shove.GC's report this year was always going to be wonky due to the Comm Games, so overall, this seems like a good result.
Profit is good, and they're hardly the only club to pull a one off item out to get there, but the numbers seem a bit odd ($1.9M one off boost, but in note 14, the number only drops by $1.3M).
I'm also not a fan of having unpaid debts to the AFL sit in 'trade payables' for an ongoing basis, although GC are far from the worst for this (Brisbane and St Kilda are far worse).
The RSL clubs don't own NRL clubs. RSLs are different to Licensed clubshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_NRL_club_owners
Are you suggesting the NRL clubs own the very wealthy RSL clubs? See above listing.