"They" were the VFL clubs who caused an out of control price spiral by chasing interstate champions.They were killing off teams and bringing in new teams with cash.
The AFL is only giving AFL clubs their own money back.Now they are propping up teams
Sydney and GWS are now the two biggest clubs in Sydney. In Brisbane it depends on on-field performance.Now they are bringing in teams no-one cares about.
On what?They have absolutely wasted all the TV money.
Do you realize that all k.p.i.s for the AFL are up unlike almost all other sports in Australia.What happens next time if there is no competition so the winning network offers half the cash?
Do you know what a "government bureaucracy" is.The AFL is a giant government bureaucracy filled with thousands of employees who do nothing.
That's pretty much my sentiment.They are doing well at making money and making sure that the AFL is the focus of Aussie Rules footy to the exclusion of all other leagues.
The problem is that they also like to do things like control narratives and interfere in other leagues usually to the detriment of said comps.
It's a situation where the top league is decimating everything underneath it which is self destructive in the end.
The AFL is a very well run business in running an elite football league.The game itself is and should be bigger than the AFL.
The AFL should run only the AFL and a new governing body of the game itself be instituted.
This is beyond ridiculous.The AFL is only giving AFL clubs their own money back.
Sydney and GWS are now the two biggest clubs in Sydney.
Well run in what way?That's pretty much my sentiment.
The AFL is a very well run business in running an elite football league.
As the 'keeper of code" and for underpinning the foundation of Australian Football, the AFL is found wanting.
The AFL looks at the laws as they apply to Australian Football at elite level and makes no distinction to the situation in other leagues.
The AFL would do well to remember that the health of the AFL ultimately depends on the health of the leagues forming a foundation of Australian Football.
The bulk of the posts so far confirm this.I don’t think anything is beyond them, and I also don’t think it would have any impact.
They have completely changed a sport that was loved by all with very few issues if any and no one stood up for the sport.
Supporters now have loyalty to their club with little interest in the sport itself.
The sport should be paramount and sadly the last 20 years it hasn’t been. People actually think the sport is called AFL that’s how much knowledge of football a bulk of modern supporters know.
Same story here mateThe bulk of the posts so far confirm this.
Sure, revenue is up. TV ratings are up. Club memberships are up. Bewty. AFL House are doing a marvelous job of milking money out of "content". But AFL is increasingly less about the sport of Aussie Rules and more about sedentary entertainment. Seated people all fired about with tribal passion about their AFL club, but fewer and fewer play the sport past the age of 14, or get involved in a way that involves standing up (coaching, volunteering, umpiring, etc).
It's only participation by females that is actually "growing the game". And I stress - game. AFL House just can't get out of the way to maximise that growth, because they haven't figured out how to turn it into content.
With each unwarranted rule change, I spend less time thinking, caring or watching AFL and more time with juniors and local footy. Don't even start me on the hoopla of music before the bounce at live AFL games, or the "Are you paying attention" bollocks on the big screen at half time. I love the sport. Always will. But the entertainment content can get f’ed. I don't think we're alone in feeling this way.
Anyway, I agree with your posts here mate and I'll end this ranty singing to the choir now.
You've just shot down your credibility with your opening statement.Nobody watches TV anymore.
I think that is where your anecdotal evidence fails.I don't know anybody that is a die hard fan.
1. The clubs are the AFL. So any "bailing out" is the clubs maintaining their future.1. Half the clubs are basket cases and are bailed out by the other clubs
2. Sydney is a moderate sized club with okay finances
3. GWS is given massive concessions only just behind GCS and almost no-one in Sydney cares about them
They are the only two AFL clubs in Sydney at the present time and they are the biggest.They're the only clubs in Sydney mate.
When Mothers have played AFL themselves a bit, there'll be less resistance to their kids playing.Not a big fan of AFL House but in reality its only what they do wrong that ever gets a mention.
Whether we like it or not the State League model that served the game well was broken in the 80s & a national comp was going to happen. It was driven by survival not by love of the game.
The model is not the fault of the current administration, its what they do from here ....
Growing the game is tough ask, are you talking about participation, kids, junior development, are you talking local, State by State, national, the game at an elite level or more generally.
I dont share your view on womens footy as done yet, I'm sceptical of its ability to be any more than a 2nd tier level comp in the long term, possibly of less real interest than each clubs reserves team.
Most of us see the decisions by the AFL administration through our clubs eyes, take the GF location. It is the current administrations decision & they have done their best to lock it in for the grandchildren of kids yet to be drafted.
I'd like to see the AFL Commission held to account, they get so little scrutiny, they oversee the administration. A public company has an AGM where the Directors are held responsible, our game has equivalent opportunity.
Ultra cool? Most people i know detest it.When Mothers have played AFL themselves a bit, there'll be less resistance to their kids playing.
Thats the dividend.
Womens AFL is ultra cool at the moment. whereas in the past women in footy would be seen as a little 'Butch'
And the saddest thing is we'll just keep paying and watching.They’ve got us by the balls and they know it. There’s no threat that people like us will stop watching, so they can attempt to expand, massage outcomes, pander to tv schedules and compromise the draft and fixture without the threat of any real backlash. This is what happens to any regime that lacks accountability.
You are totally correct the AFL has for the last 15 years manipulated the game into its worst position ever. I regard 2019 season as one of, if not the, worst ever, and the finals was a joke, except for maybe a couple of games, the Collingwood thing losing to the plastics in the wet was a shame, but sending AFL over seas is something that is too hard , simply because adaption to this game unless you are brought up with it and play it from childhood, is almost impossible for outsiders to become elite Australian rules players. We see only a handful ever make it to elite status, say from America , and the Irish have a little advantage with the idea of Gaelic football, it is the hardest foot on field, ball sport to play. Flat out at top level, consistently, on a huge ground , it is so unique that it is unlike anything anywhere in the world, its our national game, we invented it and this AFL with its obsession with money and rule change and over umpiring has now made all traditionalists from the 90's onwards, realise that we are in fact watching the death of the game as we know it, caused by Demetriou and McGlachlan over years, our unique sport is in the process of being murdered. We should not have 18 clubs at all. We've diluted the talent!Selling top level Australian Rules football to Australians (especially in Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide) is a relatively simple job. However it seems that the current AFL administration appear to care only about enriching themselves, at the expense of all other considerations. This has meant manipulating (or trying to manipulate) certain outcomes (Essendon drugs issue/Melbourne tanking, GC/GWS ultra concessions, general MRP inconsistencies going back to Barry Hall in 05) to achieve the best financial result for themselves. That is one of the few things that threatens that relatively simple job as the basis of most people’s interest in any sport is that it is a fair contest and that both participants are playing by equal rules. There is a reason why the NBA outdraws the Harlem Globetrotters. Are we reaching a tipping point where people will start to turn off the more the AFL try and engineer their preferred outcome?
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