Id argue China saved the club a bit this year, I heard on the grapevine it made a million for the club this year all told ??This is the off field equivalent of work hardery for longery.
There are structural problems preventing us from attaining high level sponsorship deals. Until we sort those out, or make a success of China, nothing will change.
I get the drop off of attendances and membership due to the discontent of 10-15% not renewing or attending but also gee what a s**t year for home ground weather events, its like we scheduled a home game everyday it bloody rained, couldnt take a trick - reminded me of 2012.
I do want the club to think outsuide the square with regards to its debt demolition though, we are only ever going to raise so much playing games at AO.
Thought the pre season information day thing was a good idea but was dumb to hold it at Entertainment centre this year, really poor business decision.
The club should be looking for investors to buy into a city pub or similar to get foot traffic through its doors day to day, be interested to know how Hawthorn did it because they were gone 20 odd years ago, now they make obscene amounts of money on the back of those revenues.
But our current model has to change, I really thought Kochie would have had things in place to restructure the club by now, the China thing is certainly a step forward but the club needs more avenues than that to really change our future and not accepting the status quo.
And why we stopped debt demolition stuff is beyond me, like it got swept under the carpet, but with 8 to 11 million of debt, this really needs to be front and centre once again