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shintemaster

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 24, 2002
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Yep. I'm sure they both have fans and staff who have put a decade of their lives into making these clubs work, often in difficult circumstances. The argument that they are a financial drain on the competition is ridiculous. They are long term investments designed to increase participation and interest in the game in regions with significant population growth.
Well thought out post but the argument that they are a financial drain on the competition is not ridiculous. It's a very valid argument. It's fine to weigh that up against a potential / hypothetical long term investment but that doesn't make it ridiculous. If push comes to shove I think it is patently not ridiculous to offload head office backed investments in a hypothetical future that are a massive year on year drain before even thinking stretching clubs that have been around for a bare minimum of 2 decades for the most recent and have financially contributed to the league the whole time.
 

La Flama Blanca

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Apr 26, 2014
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Well thought out post but the argument that they are a financial drain on the competition is not ridiculous. It's a very valid argument. It's fine to weigh that up against a potential / hypothetical long term investment but that doesn't make it ridiculous. If push comes to shove I think it is patently not ridiculous to offload head office backed investments in a hypothetical future that are a massive year on year drain before even thinking stretching clubs that have been around for a bare minimum of 2 decades for the most recent and have financially contributed to the league the whole time.
Yes that's a fair point, I just don't think the AFL's books are that marginal.

Certainly more consideration needs to be given to looking into ways of cutting costs before long term investments are just casually thrown away. The most obvious example of this is the number of people still receiving very good wages this year out of the industry when it's not operational. Until this is addressed it's comical to claim the competition is going broke.
 

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