AFL propose Magic Round in 2023 - season extended to 24 rounds.

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The_Wookie

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Think it will go the other way. For games (double or triple headers) with no SA clubs, they will need as many big Vic clubs as possible to drive interstate visitors and locals to those days. The Crows and Port days will be sold out regardless of who plays - hence small clubs v small clubs.

Those clubs will be here anyway. No way the big clubs play each other here.
 

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People have to keep in mind what happens the week previous.

With a match on Easter Thursday and two on Good Friday, you'd be crazy not to schedule 1, if not 2 games on the opening Thursday to kick off the festival of footy at the Adelaide Oval.

With a fixed schedule for the first 15 rounds, you dont want to wasting 5 days breaks when you dont have to. Geelong and Hawthorn must play no earlier than Sunday, given they play the Monday before. Save the 5 day breaks for the last 9 rounds when we have the floating fixture.

Regarding match-ups, need to sell out the stadium when the home teams play preferably against good drawing Victorian teams. Stick a couple of less appealing games on before them.

Perhaps some match-ups that have some healthy recent rivalry could be utilised in Adelaide that wouldn't draw particularly well normally.
 

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Those clubs will be here anyway. No way the big clubs play each other here.
Yes but unless you have them playing each other, the third day @ AO without Crows or Port will be a massive flop. This is an extra round, and all those teams never play against all of each other anyway, so those matchups will be required for this to be a success. Also - it a Pies fan more likely to travel for Pies v Suns for Pies v Cats? If Hawthorn is playing an interstate club I will stay home, if they are playing an arch rival, I am there.
 

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Yes but unless you have them playing each other, the third day @ AO without Crows or Port will be a massive flop. This is an extra round, and all those teams never play against all of each other anyway, so those matchups will be required for this to be a success. Also - it a Pies fan more likely to travel for Pies v Suns for Pies v Cats? If Hawthorn is playing an interstate club I will stay home, if they are playing an arch rival, I am there.
Maybe something like this:

Adelaide Oval games:

Adelaide v Port
West Coast v Collingwood
Richmond v Carlton
Essendon v Hawthorn
Geelong v Melbourne

Non-Adelaide Oval Games

St Kilda v Fremantle
GWS v W. Bulldogs
North v Gold Coast
Sydney v Brisbane

Then it’s just a matter of what days and times.
 

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Im told that this is pretty much locked in for Adelaide over the weekend after Easter next year. SA Gov believes its in the bag
 
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Im told that this is pretty much locked in for Adelaide over the weekend after Easter next year. SA Gov believes its in the bag
Easter in 2023 is Good Friday 7th-8-9-10th Easter Monday and ANZAC day is a Tuesday so that round will most likely go Thursday night 20th, Friday night, Saturday, Sunday, Monday night the Rich v Melb ANZAC eve game at the MCG and Tuesday the ANZAC game.

The weekend of the 14-15-16th links in well with school holiday time. Vic school holidays are on between 7th and 23rd inclusive, and SA school holidays are 15th to 30th inclusive.

If they play a game in the Barossa, then I wouldn't be surprised if a game is played in Mount Gambier if tourism spin off is a big part of the government funding this. Get people from western Victorians travelling there. Probably makes sense to play Geelong v a non Vic team there.
 

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I'm usually against changes like this which go against the traditions of the game.

This is an exception. If the players are happy with it, then why not?

Hopefully they come up with something better than 'magic round' though. Seriously.
 

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I'm usually against changes like this which go against the traditions of the game.

This is an exception. If the players are happy with it, then why not?

Hopefully they come up with something better than 'magic round' though. Seriously.
Because we're moving games to a location where they will draw less crowds. Significantly less.

People complain about the grand final being moved to night, but at least more people would watch it. This is just a blatant money grab which results in less people watching, and it doesn't even promote the game either. It should be ridiculed for the terrible idea that it is.
 

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Because we're moving games to a location where they will draw less crowds. Significantly less.

People complain about the grand final being moved to night, but at least more people would watch it. This is just a blatant money grab which results in less people watching, and it doesn't even promote the game either. It should be ridiculed for the terrible idea that it is.
No games are being moved though. They are extra games.
 

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No games are being moved though. They are extra games.
That's a bullshit argument. They're still H&A games that should be hosted by clubs.

If it was used to promote the game, fine. But this doesn't do that, it even looks like a few games will be played at tin pot little grounds.
 

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It is all about the AFL getting players on board and to a lesser extent clubs to gain another round of footy
How to achieve this is with money
It will end up just being another round of footy that the AFL will add a name to like "indigenous" rounds etc
As long as each state gets a go i don't see the extra home game the 2 SA sides get in 2023 an issue

Below from Jonh Ralph
Clubs getting $500K each and each team’s players get $200K so at a minimum the SA government stumping up $13 million in payments. Brings more cash into the industry and helps expand the footy soft cap. Players are strongly on board
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Below from foxsport article
Gillon McLachlan is expected to announce full details on Friday; the league is unlikely to call it the ‘Magic Round’.
 

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To me its the double headers that are most interesting.

With Tas holding out funding the Melbourne based clubs, are double headers the future in Melbourne.

Otherwise a genuine non event.
 

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To me its the double headers that are most interesting.

With Tas holding out funding the Melbourne based clubs, are double headers the future in Melbourne.

Otherwise a genuine non event.

dude where did this even come from
 

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If it were held in April in Perth (after the cricket season, but before the rains), you could go with:

Thursday Night: WACA Ground

Friday Night: Optus Stadium

Saturday Morning: Leederville Oval
Saturday Afternoon: WACA Ground
Saturday Night: Optus Stadium

Sunday Morning: Leederville Oval
Sunday Afternoon: WACA Ground
Sunday Twilight: Optus Stadium

Monday night: Optus Stadium

4 games at Optus, 3 at the WACA and 2 games at Leederville Oval to spread out the playing surface damage. All venues are central to Perth with good public transport connections for visiting fans.

You would have to presume for no team to have a home ground advantage, it would have to be a derby. But that would be a wasted opportunity of filling Optus Stadium for 2 separate games, instead of only 1.
No you couldn’t lol.
 

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The AFL is so dumb and nothing demonstrates this more than magic round.

The amount of thought that went into is is “it works in the NRL so we must copy it”

It works in the NRL as games are two thirds as long as an AFL match meaning you can play a Friday night double header, triple header on Saturday and a triple header on Sunday to get the 8 games in.

Magic round works in the NRL as you book flights to Brisbane, book accommodation near Suncorp and go with a big group of mates all supporting different teams and you know everyone gets to see their side.

In the AFL version they are talking about having games overlapping and at different venues. It stinks, luckily the SA government put the money up front as it will be a massive flop
 

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It stinks, luckily the SA government put the money up front as it will be a massive flop

Don’t think so, you are underestimating the number of people that will travel to Adelaide for this and also the number of supporters in SA of the other 16 clubs. Will be a huge success, cannot wait.
Could have a double header of Adelaide v Essendon and Gold Coast v GWS and count the 50K crowd twice like the NRL.



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The AFL is so dumb and nothing demonstrates this more than magic round.

The amount of thought that went into is is “it works in the NRL so we must copy it”

It works in the NRL as games are two thirds as long as an AFL match meaning you can play a Friday night double header, triple header on Saturday and a triple header on Sunday to get the 8 games in.

Magic round works in the NRL as you book flights to Brisbane, book accommodation near Suncorp and go with a big group of mates all supporting different teams and you know everyone gets to see their side.

In the AFL version they are talking about having games overlapping and at different venues. It stinks, luckily the SA government put the money up front as it will be a massive flop
You can do the fixture pretty easily with no overlap. Or just one overlap if you skip Thursday night .
 

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You can do the fixture pretty easily with no overlap. Or just one overlap if you skip Thursday night .
Thursday night doesn’t fit the magic round concept as it’s impossible to have a double header.

Even if you eliminate most of the overlaps playing games here there and everywhere is moronic
 

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