Farifax has an article by Micheal Lynch that outlines the negotating stances
Principally, the AFL wants a defnintive date for the final. FFA apparently also want a guarantee that Adelaide Oval and the new perth Stadium will be free at the same time Etihad is for their Grand Final. The AFL is refusing to guarantee that - Im not even sure its within the AFLs power to guarantee it outside of Etihad and the MCG.
Actually you can blame the Kennett Government for Docklands being 50k and forbidding the building of Aami park to the same level. Docklands was a kennett project from the start even though it ended up privately financed and owned.
Im not the one complaining about this.
No problem with the NRL, Superrugby or soccer fixtures on the day. Ok then Mr. Double Standard. I assume by outside the suburbs of Melbourne you ignore WA, SA and anywhere that isnt QLD and NSW right?
ANZAC tradtion? A good proportion of these troops were recruited directly from major sporting competitions at the time, continuing to play during training and even at the front. Id ithink they'd be more than happy for sport to be a big part of the event.