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Rod Stroker

Hall of Famer
Oct 9, 2003
34,738
25,416
Singapore / 30,000 feet
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North Melbourne
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If the New England Patriots can afford a couple of Boeing 737s why can't the AFL buy one for all the teams to move around the country? I'll bet there are few going cheap and there are plenty of pilots available!
Not sure if you noticed but the AFL bank balance took a huge hit last year, and they had to take out a 600M loan to keep the competition going.
Buying and running planes, would take money out of their pocket.
The Virgin sponsorship and using their planes, puts money into their pocket.
 

Rod Stroker

Hall of Famer
Oct 9, 2003
34,738
25,416
Singapore / 30,000 feet
AFL Club
North Melbourne
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Eagles (NFL), Suns (NBA)
Also, in the Patriots case, it was the club itself who bought the planes, it wasn't the NFL.
I suppose AFL clubs could buy their own planes, but they aren't making that sort of money, and the AFL contract with Virgin might preclude it. i.e it might stipulate that all clubs need to use Virgin planes.
 

Kwality

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 14, 2011
29,585
11,092
Trafalgar
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West Coast
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Renault F1
Not sure if you noticed but the AFL bank balance took a huge hit last year, and they had to take out a 600M loan to keep the competition going.
Buying and running planes, would take money out of their pocket.
The Virgin sponsorship and using their planes, puts money into their pocket.
It did that.
 

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Obeanie1

Brownlow Medallist
Jul 26, 2007
23,217
18,470
Darwin
AFL Club
West Coast
Not sure if you noticed but the AFL bank balance took a huge hit last year, and they had to take out a 600M loan to keep the competition going.
Buying and running planes, would take money out of their pocket.
The Virgin sponsorship and using their planes, puts money into their pocket.
How much is the Virgin sponsorship..............oh wait! :rolleyes: :think: :sick:
 

telsor

Hall of Famer
Aug 29, 2004
32,917
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Here
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Richmond
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Habs
Next thing you'll want it for the longer flights, 2+hours might be a start if the AFLPA were dinkum.
Yeah, do it by flight length, instead of the current system where only 2 clubs get extra business class seats fover what all other clubs get or every flight they take.

Someone should tell the AFLPA that it's the AFL, not the WAFL.

It's WA-bias I tell you!
 

Rob

Brownlow Medallist
Nov 8, 2000
29,421
16,253
South of the river
AFL Club
Fremantle
Other Teams
Peel Thunder
A new 737 would cost about $100 million or so.....plus maintenance and running costs which wouldn't be cheap.

Not worth it. May as well just charter one when you need it.
 

Kwality

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 14, 2011
29,585
11,092
Trafalgar
AFL Club
West Coast
Other Teams
Renault F1
Yeah, do it by flight length, instead of the current system where only 2 clubs get extra business class seats fover what all other clubs get or every flight they take.

Someone should tell the AFLPA that it's the AFL, not the WAFL.

It's WA-bias I tell you!
Remember to remind Marsh no one gets paid for travel. It wouldnt be fair ....
 

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Kwality

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 14, 2011
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Virgin is still listed on the AFL website for all it's worth.

Which Virgin are they referring to, the one that went into administration ?

Sale of Virgin Australia to Bain Capital during COVID pandemic was like no other in Australian corporate history, says administrator - ABC News
 

Sterge

Moderator
Jun 3, 2009
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66,517
Melbourne
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Richmond
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Also, in the Patriots case, it was the club itself who bought the planes, it wasn't the NFL.
I suppose AFL clubs could buy their own planes, but they aren't making that sort of money, and the AFL contract with Virgin might preclude it. i.e it might stipulate that all clubs need to use Virgin planes.
Also helps that the pats owner is worth almost 7 billion dollars
Which is prob about 7 times the value of the entire AFL
 

Kwality

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 14, 2011
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Also helps that the pats owner is worth almost 7 billion dollars
Which is prob about 7 times the value of the entire AFL
The Alliance deal with the Queensland Reds is making more sense.
The AFL would include it any individual clubs soft cap & is not international.
 

telsor

Hall of Famer
Aug 29, 2004
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Also, in the Patriots case, it was the club itself who bought the planes, it wasn't the NFL.
I suppose AFL clubs could buy their own planes, but they aren't making that sort of money, and the AFL contract with Virgin might preclude it. i.e it might stipulate that all clubs need to use Virgin planes.
Pretty sure it's contractual. Even if the current deal has lapsed, it'd be the AFL stopping clubs in order to put them in a better position for future contract negotiations.
 

westie

Team Captain
Jul 9, 2009
533
315
Perth
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St Kilda
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Punjab Kabaddi Team & McLaren F1
Not sure if you noticed but the AFL bank balance took a huge hit last year, and they had to take out a 600M loan to keep the competition going.
Buying and running planes, would take money out of their pocket.
The Virgin sponsorship and using their planes, puts money into their pocket.
It did that.
But I heard this morning that the Patriots couldn't afford Tom Brady
 

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