Long-term future of the AFL.

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AJMLaird

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It would be more likely than a league would. I am sure $1 million plus per club (roughly a third of which is likely to be sucked up by travel and accommodation) could be used to greater benefit for football than a second-tier league. The AFL won't throw $12 million down to fund 12 second-tier teams.

The only issue is finding a sugar daddy to sponsor it and cover costs. As we saw with the Foxtel Cup, second-tier football isn't going to fill the grandstands and be a money-making venture. They would need a sponsor that understands this.

An AFL reserves competition is much more likely with the result being a plundering of the stocks of second-tier football, rendering the concept of a second division dead in the water.

One of the reasons why the Foxtel Cup failed is because the clubs that participated in that comp still played in their respective state leagues.

A national second division (NSD) should be a league where the clubs play in permanently, so their spots in the state leagues would be replaced or have their reserves team play in.

NSD allows the strongest state league clubs to play in a challenging comp that would enable the club to reach its full potential.

This is the league where you would place your West Perths, Norwoods, Williamstown, etc. And it would also be a great league to test AFL expansion teams such as the Tassie Devils or Canberra Griffins for a few years before entry into the Premiership league.
 

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The AFL don't want that. The AFL wants a reserves comp that is wholly under its control.

The state leagues are there to act as a feeder to the higher ranks, not to deflect publicity or profile. The demise of the VFA is testament to that attitude. The AFL want you to focus on Carlton, Port Adelaide and West Coast, not Sandringham, Sturt or East Fremantle.

Soccer has been trying to get a second division more on than off since the 1980s in the NSL days. They had Northern and Southern conferences for two years but the standard was atrocious and over a dozen clubs were culled after the second season. Since the 1990s, it has failed to eventuate despite a number of attempts - mainly due to costs. Australian Football would have similar issues.

WAFL and SANFL matches struggle to get 2500 to many of its matches and, even then, the figures in the newspapers for WAFL matches are sometimes inflated to double what was really there. Peel versus Northern Bullants would be lucky to get a four-figure crowd.
 
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The AFL don't want that. The AFL wants a reserves comp that is wholly under its control.

The state leagues are there to act as a feeder to the higher ranks, not to deflect publicity or profile. The demise of the VFA is testament to that attitude. The AFL want you to focus on Carlton, Port Adelaide and West Coast, not Sandringham, Sturt or East Fremantle.

Soccer has been trying to get a second division more on than off since the 1980s in the NSL days. They had Northern and Southern conferences for two years but the standard was atrocious and over a dozen clubs were culled after the second season. Since the 1990s, it has failed to eventuate despite a number of attempts - mainly due to costs. Australian Football would have similar issues.

WAFL and SANFL matches struggle to get 2500 to many of its matches and, even then, the figures in the newspapers for WAFL matches are sometimes inflated to double what was really there. Peel versus Northern Bullants would be lucky to get a four-figure crowd.

The AFL have the funding of the AFLW to deal with.
Not to mention the role of the AFL as custodian of the game nationally, NOT just the AFL competition.
 

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RedV3x

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One of the reasons why the Foxtel Cup failed is because the clubs that participated in that comp still played in their respective state leagues.

The major reason why the Foxtel Cup was compromised is that it was played in parallel with AFL season
and that the strongest teams didn't necessarily play.
It makes sense to play the state premiers after the AFL grand final.
 

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