The A-League, Football in Australia and the CoronaVirus Crisis Thread

acm21

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I doubt anything close to all NPL clubs could afford to fly and accommodate their players and coaches as a matter of course.
There would likely be a re organisation of the leagues so those who wish to enter the 2nd division could (and some sides would already have money behind them when this would be to come through). They idea of a more regional comp would slash the costs but may affect the ability to get a proper broadcast deal and comp wide sponsorship revenue (although you may be able to find 3-4 sponsors paying the same amount within their specific markets e.g. retra vision in wa)
 

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A-League set for 32 games in 36 days in proposed restart plan


Football Federation Australia has reportedly proposed a rapid 32 matches in 36 days to complete the 2019-20 A-League season.


The remaining matches will commence on July 18 and culminate in the grand final on August 22, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.
All matches would be played in a 'single hub', either in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.
However, host broadcaster Fox Sports needs to sign off on the plan and both Professional Footballers Australia (PFA) and the clubs would have to come to a pay agreement for the players.

Further hurdles include agreements around expiring contracts - more than 100 players are free agents from June 1 - and health and hygiene measures.

It is unlikely that fans will be able to attend any of these matches, although that could change if government restrictions and guidelines are eased.

 

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Fox Sports’ multi-million dollar roadblock to A-League restart | The World Game
Updated Updated 21 hours ago
By Dave Lewis

All the dominoes are in place for a long-awaited resumption in a NSW hub format featuring 32 games in 36 games - with an August 22 grand final.
However, Fox Sports - according to reliable club sources - won’t sanction a return to action until the FFA agree to accept a funding package worth up to 50 per cent less annually than the existing $57.6 million a year commitment to the code.
There are three years left on the six-year agreement with the game’s long-time partner, meaning the FFA are being asked to wear a loss of revenue of around $86 million.

Questions had been raised over why A-League clubs were awaiting permission to resume training whilst the National Rugby League kicks off again tomorrow, after its own COVID-19 interruption.

The answer - it appears - has now been revealed, with Fox Sports playing hard ball with the ruling body.

Fox Sports’ parent company Foxtel is $2 billion in the red, and recently slashed 250 jobs with further redundancies looming, as subscribers ditch the pay-TV service for streaming alternatives.

The FFA are suffering the consequences of that downturn, with Fox Sports latching on to the loss of content during the coronavirus shutdown as a lever to revisit its 15-year relationship with the governing body.

Fox Sports has the right to terminate the existing deal by virtue of the A-League being off the grid since March 23, as a result of force majeure (unforeseen circumstances).

The broadcaster has been disenchanted for some time over falling viewing figures and diminishing attendances across the competition.

Its current stance - which some may construe as opportunistic - is likely to be a source of frustration at the FFA, who have reached an in-principle agreement with the players over payments, and the clubs over venues.

Stadiums in NSW - including Western Sydney Wanderers’ Bankwest Stadium have been booked - and health protocols are in place for a July 18 resumption.

The way the existing contract is structured, the FFA would be in breach - if they were resume unilaterally - and open to damage claims.

The ramifications of Fox Sports stalling on sanctioning a restart run deep, with existing club sponsorships dependent on the season being completed.

Both Fox Sports and the FFA declined to comment when contacted by The World Game.

 

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Fox Sports’ multi-million dollar roadblock to A-League restart | The World Game
Updated Updated 21 hours ago
By Dave Lewis

All the dominoes are in place for a long-awaited resumption in a NSW hub format featuring 32 games in 36 games - with an August 22 grand final.
However, Fox Sports - according to reliable club sources - won’t sanction a return to action until the FFA agree to accept a funding package worth up to 50 per cent less annually than the existing $57.6 million a year commitment to the code.
There are three years left on the six-year agreement with the game’s long-time partner, meaning the FFA are being asked to wear a loss of revenue of around $86 million.

Questions had been raised over why A-League clubs were awaiting permission to resume training whilst the National Rugby League kicks off again tomorrow, after its own COVID-19 interruption.

The answer - it appears - has now been revealed, with Fox Sports playing hard ball with the ruling body.

Fox Sports’ parent company Foxtel is $2 billion in the red, and recently slashed 250 jobs with further redundancies looming, as subscribers ditch the pay-TV service for streaming alternatives.

The FFA are suffering the consequences of that downturn, with Fox Sports latching on to the loss of content during the coronavirus shutdown as a lever to revisit its 15-year relationship with the governing body.

Fox Sports has the right to terminate the existing deal by virtue of the A-League being off the grid since March 23, as a result of force majeure (unforeseen circumstances).

The broadcaster has been disenchanted for some time over falling viewing figures and diminishing attendances across the competition.

Its current stance - which some may construe as opportunistic - is likely to be a source of frustration at the FFA, who have reached an in-principle agreement with the players over payments, and the clubs over venues.

Stadiums in NSW - including Western Sydney Wanderers’ Bankwest Stadium have been booked - and health protocols are in place for a July 18 resumption.

The way the existing contract is structured, the FFA would be in breach - if they were resume unilaterally - and open to damage claims.

The ramifications of Fox Sports stalling on sanctioning a restart run deep, with existing club sponsorships dependent on the season being completed.

Both Fox Sports and the FFA declined to comment when contacted by The World Game.

Good luck trying to terminate the rest of their 3 year contract under the pretense of force majeure. At most it will free them from their obligations for the duration of any period where competition was not possible. They'll be laughed out of court with a huge legal bill to pay. They are better off negotiating a payout to the A League out of court if they dont want to continue.
 

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Also the idea that the FFA would accept a 50% reduction on an already agreed contract for the remaining 3 years of Foxtel's agreement is pretty laughable.


If Foxtel can't honour their obligations for this season then the FFA is within their rights to source another broadcaster for the remainder of this season.
 

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I understand the guaranteed Fox and Hyundai money got the league funded, but after those first five years of bedding it down, they shouldn't taken a financial loss but built on public momentum and gone free-to-air. brought in two new teams in anticipation of...
 

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Will be axing it as soon as they end the deal.
Giants games are on FTA every week (can put on mute) so they can go bye bye.

Hopefully the FFA can do a NBL and FootballVic and do their own broadcasting (having all of football) on selling it to stations here and internationally and to sponsors.


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The whole thing has become a shambles and they should just cancel the season and focus on sorting this shit out.

It is honestly starting to look like amateur hour from all involved.
I Agree with you. What is the point if by the end of the current season we have no league to go back too.

A big reset button needs to be pushed!
 

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Shouldn’t have gotten to this point. COVID19 is merely a blip on FFA’s struggle.
2005-qualify for World Cup for the first time in 32 years.
At the same time, A League is formed and kicked off.
Great first few years, huge popularity.
What has happened since is an absolute disgrace to the game. Massive step backwards, no one holding accountability. In that time, Australia has qualified for 2010, 2014 and 2018 World Cup. The game should’ve been significantly stronger then it is. In 2003, the government comes out with the Crawford Report, showcasing the shambles that then Soccer Australia was in.
Is FFA is deeper trouble given the crowning success that Socceroos had in Asian Cup and qualifying for WCs aswell as Matildas sustained success? Think it is. Only just now it’s unravelling. Lowy family a blight on the game in the end?
So many questions.
 

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How are everyone’s state bodies handling community football? Football west have basically said 16 game season with no promotion or relegation.
 

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