What would happen if a season was cancelled ?

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FRUMPY

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Really shit players would be absolute superstars by the time the next season rolls around - any dud at Carlton is a bonfide top 22 player in half an offseason as it is
 

Howard Littlejohn

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This is not a thread to discuss Corona virus per say but what would be the repercussions for the game if the AFL had to call off a season for any reason ?

Interested to hear your thoughts
A lot depends on what insurance the AFL, and/or the clubs, have in place and the circumstances driving season cancellation. Quite likely a lot of clubs - at a guess anywhere from six to twelve - would not survive.
The AFL could be down a huge financial hole (maybe as high as half a billion dollars depending on negotiations; having to pay back/not receive broadcast rights money, still having to pay for ground contracts, etc) and therefore unable to assist. So much of the fallout would depend on the insurers and negotiations with creditors. Maybe it would be little, maybe it would be catastrophic.

I'm guessing the AFLPA wouldn't enforce the salary cap floor, and match payments, performances bonuses, etc, wouldn't be paid - but base contracts probably would still need to be. The head honchos at AFL House would no doubt receive a "stress payment" bonus.

Anything that caused an AFL season to be written off - other perhaps than certain grounds being unavailable - would probably cause Australian leagues (at national and local levels) of other sports to do the same. It seems unlikely there would be many people change from one sport to another in terms of attendance - international leagues that continued would probably get increased Australian viewership though.
 

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TheBrownDog
May 5, 2006
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If it was just the AFL season cancelled people would say they are going to go back and support the VFL, WAFL, SANFL, country footy and then not.

I'd like to think without the dangerous vortex of footy at 11.45, 12.20, 2.45, 5.10 and 5.25 each Saturday (all WST) I'd be a lot more productive, but that's optimistic.
 

RussellEbertHandball

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This is not a thread to discuss Corona virus per say but what would be the repercussions for the game if the AFL had to call off a season for any reason ?

Interested to hear your thoughts
High correlation between thread topic and OP's avatar. A good nuclear spill might cause more than 1 season delay.
 

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