Mega Thread Port Forum 'General AFL Talk' Thread Part 18

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Capital Power

Norm Smith Medallist
Jul 31, 2005
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It's only natural to pick up umpiring 'bias' when it's your team (and we do seem to cop it), but the neutral games I've seen this year do seem very one-sided in this regard. There really does seem to be some kind of agenda at play, and the rule changes just make it even easier to achieve it.

That coupled with the blanket betting ad coverage suggests to me the AFL is starting to be unhealthily beholden to the gambling industry.
 

Janus

Guardian of the Duat
Sep 9, 2007
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The AFL is beholden to television ratings and what is going to attract the most viewers, and they’ve engineered the fixture to reflect this. It’s all about maximising revenue after COVID, because the next television rights are going to be considerably less otherwise. And what does television want?

More goals kicked for more advertising revenue. They don’t want a 46-40 scoreline, but a 97-91 scoreline. Any team that focuses on defending to mitigate scoring is going to be punished - they want teams that defend to turn the ball over and create scoring opportunities. Less spoils out of bounds, more intercepts and fast break turnover goals.

Of course, teams can still win with a purely defensive mindset...it’s just that they won’t get the umpiring assistance other teams will get.
 

El Zorro

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Mar 4, 2014
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The AFL is beholden to television ratings and what is going to attract the most viewers, and they’ve engineered the fixture to reflect this. It’s all about maximising revenue after COVID, because the next television rights are going to be considerably less otherwise. And what does television want?

More goals kicked for more advertising revenue. They don’t want a 46-40 scoreline, but a 97-91 scoreline. Any team that focuses on defending to mitigate scoring is going to be punished - they want teams that defend to turn the ball over and create scoring opportunities. Less spoils out of bounds, more intercepts and fast break turnover goals.

Of course, teams can still win with a purely defensive mindset...it’s just that they won’t get the umpiring assistance other teams will get.
I agree with your take. And I am depressed now.
 

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backtozero

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Jul 26, 2020
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Sydney are 4-0 but apparently them only just beating Essendon is evidence they're no good whereas us getting absolutely obliterated by West Coast is just an abberation and we'll come good.
Or you could just not read into either result too much and understand that there's still heaps to play out.
 

DaTBird187

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Feb 9, 2014
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Grave Danger

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Jun 6, 2000
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Can anyone explain KG's history with Port, I suspect he's long been a detractor.

He's a West Adelaide fan, yeah? A few of our 6 in a row flags were against West Adelaide - by less than a goal. KG would've been a teenager in those days (if you can imagine that!). When he grew up he became a SANFL umpire...
 

Hammer#8

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May 20, 2013
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He's a West Adelaide fan, yeah? A few of our 6 in a row flags were against West Adelaide - by less than a goal. KG would've been a teenager in those days (if you can imagine that!). When he grew up he became a SANFL umpire...
Lol no wonder he's bitter.
 

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