Refer to my posts 1250, 937 & 874. A 19th Tasmanian team entry into the AFL would add an extra 11 H & A games pa; & would be worth tens of millions pa+ for the AFL (particularly if 11 extra Thur. night Prime Time games were added, as is likely- big broadcast $).The bottom line is that an AFL club in Tasmania is worth a lot more to the state of Tasmania than it is to the AFL[Incorrect]
GWS & GC have very modest home crowds & ratings (Initially, the Tas. team would surpass them). Despite this, the value of adding GC & GWS (and 1 extra game pw) has been estimated recently to have an annual worth for the AFL (which includes indirect benefits for the AFL) of :-
. $54,000,000 per annum- AFL Commission Chairman R. Goyder
. $60,000,000 per annum- GWS CEO D. Matthews
. $54,000,000 per annum- Unidentified AFL official, quoted by award-winning journalist C. Le Grand
Other indirect financial benefits accrue to the AFL (by increasing AFL's crowds/ratings/GR player nos. etc, more AFL free MSM publicity etc) if the goldmine of Tasmanian champions & stars is revived.
The value created by the fabled exploits of these Tas. champions, stars & great players don't appear on the Balance Sheets, or the Profit & Loss Statements- but the value is very real & important.
T.Johnson Baldock Howell Stewart Lawrence Bonney Hart Sproule Hudson M. Walker Croswell P.Jones M.Armstrong Sutton Conlan Wright Eade Greening Minton-Connel B &M Gale Lovell Lynch R.Robertson Roach C.Robertson Barwick Neal Pritchard Clayton B.Greene R.Shaw A.Fletcher P.Hudson J.Mc Carthy Febey P.Williams Atkins B&J Rawlings Holland Neitz G.Lyon M.Richardson N&J Riewoldt B.Brown Howe Birchall M.Robinson & others.
The AFL estimated the recruitment of Hunt & Folau was worth c. $7,500,000 each in free MSM coverage generated for the AFL.
As Tim Lane has stated, in the 1960's, Tasmania was often competitive with WA & SA (& Tas. defeated Vic. in 1960)- but is now "eons" behind WA & SA. This disgrace is the result of VFL/AFL carpetbagging of Tas., the destruction caused to its statewide comp./its prestige & the severe damage to its elite pathways.
Everyone accepts that placing AFL teams in NSW & Qld. have provided a huge boost for the AFL, & extraordinary growth for GR AF in NSW & Qld.
The corollary is the reverse also applies: NOT having an AFL team in a state inexorably leads to AF underperformance and/or decline.