No AFL team for Tasmania, league boss Gillon McLachlan announces

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Of course it isn't much good if it's not used, but no one would fund a stadium without a team being locked in. Funding a stadium is a singular expense, it either happens or it doesn't, it's not an ongoing arrangement



That was part of a wider TAC ad campaign about road safety, they wanted it out there so they did a deal that was mutually beneficial (for a time). Much like...



And Hawthorn actually have to give something up for that sponsorship. Without the 4 games in Launceston, the deal is worthless to the Tasmanian government. What Tasmania pay for is the presence in the national competition (tourists) and the exposure that comes from that.

There are no benefits to the state government from sponsorsing a true Tasmanian team long-term, they gain nothing from it that isn't already gained by the existence of the team itself (it's as pointless as the City of Melbourne sponsoring the Demons). If there's no incentive for them to continue to subsidise the team, they're eventually going to stop.



Then you'd be wrong. You're confusing health with ethics. There's no imminent legislation coming about gambling advertising that would kill these deals. A government sponsorship is subject to state budgets, cost-benefit anslysis, and political whims, a commercial one is not.

If a Tasmanian team cannot find a major sponsor that isn't the government when they begin, then WTF are they going to do when the government eventually pulls it's support?

Sponsorships aren't meant to last forever, a Tasmanian team needs to show that it's attractive enough commercially to survive without factoring in local government charity. It's not that difficult to see why entering into an arrangement with the government is a dangerous and unsustainable move.

Sponsorships ARE meant to last as long as possible. Look at Ford with Geelong. That started 1n 1925! & is one of the oldest sports sponsorships in the World. So Its cheaper to keep them, than change regularly.

Given the AFLs moral dilemma with gambling, I'd take Government support as an arm of its approach to Tourism any time. You say its unsustainable but offer no reason why it would. Just a negative opinion. (see Ford above!)

The Government would continue with such support as it sees both an economic benefit of the money staying in Tasmania & encouraging tourism, as well as the community benefit of having our own team based in the state.
 

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Sponsorships ARE meant to last as long as possible. Look at Ford with Geelong. That started 1n 1925! & is one of the oldest sports sponsorships in the World. So Its cheaper to keep them, than change regularly.

Given the AFLs moral dilemma with gambling, I'd take Government support as an arm of its approach to Tourism any time. You say its unsustainable but offer no reason why it would. Just a negative opinion. (see Ford above!)

The Government would continue with such support as it sees both an economic benefit of the money staying in Tasmania & encouraging tourism, as well as the community benefit of having our own team based in the state.
I wouldn't ignore the fact it would be very likely to be a popular move in Tasmania either.
 

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I wouldn't ignore the fact it would be very likely to be a popular move in Tasmania either.
For many of us yes. Some anti-sport types would immediately start the 'spend it all on health' thing.

That ignores the reason the Government would support the club in the first place. The fact it'd be part of state tourism, also the social & community benefits of having some elite sportsmen interact in the community & inspire participation levels. All the stuff other states benefit from.
 
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