Rival codes threatened by football: Kosmina

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    Rival football codes create much of the negativity about football in Australia because they feel threatened, Adelaide United coach John Kosmina says.

    Kosmina dismissed concerns for the future of football, but called for the A-League to consolidate after losing their Gold Coast club and Nathan Tinkler returning his ownership licence of Newcastle Jets.

    “Nathan Tinkler might find out that you don’t dirty your own nest – which is what he has done,” Kosmina said on Friday.

    “It’s great for him to be a proud Novacastrian but you back it up with actions, not just talk about it.

    “And he has certainly really done the wrong thing by the local football community.”

    Kosmina said football was healthy in Australia despite the current controversies.

    “A lot of the negativity comes from the rival codes,” he said.

    “And people that generally throw knives at other people feel threatened by those people.

    “And I’d say certainly in this case, the AFL never miss a chance to have a dig – the NRL are probably a bit more subtle about it.

    “… And I’ll be blunt – you guys in the media probably jump on the bandwagon of the other sports because they have got a bit more clout than we have.”

    Kosmina said A-League clubs needed to rein in spending.

    “If you throw money at things, generally you just have to throw more at it,” he said.

    “And it doesn’t get better – it gets worse and you create more problems that you need to solve.

    “So consolidate – maybe everyone should just look at how they go about their business.”

    Kosmina believed professional sport worldwide wasn’t viable.

    “How much money did the (AFL club) Gold Coast Suns lose last season? – I heard a number of $23 million touted around,” he said.

    “Gold Coast Titans in the NRL – $27 million in the red … Manchester United – half a billion pounds in the red.

    “So is professional sport viable?

    “No it’s not. It relies on benevolent billionaires. That is how it survives all around the world.”

    But he cautioned about giving the billionaires too much power.

    “How far do you bend over?” Kosmina said.

    “You have got to give people respect. But that doesn’t mean they’re allowed to disrespect you back.”

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    • April 14th 2012 @ 7:24am
      Crashy said | April 14th 2012 @ 7:24am | ! Report

      Agree somewhat but the gc suns can lose money as long as the af turns over 300 million a year. The FFA gets about 70 mil so are worlds apart- its al relative.

    • April 14th 2012 @ 8:07am
      Brian said | April 14th 2012 @ 8:07am | ! Report

      Paranoid much……..

      • Roar Guru

        April 14th 2012 @ 8:25am
        The Cattery said | April 14th 2012 @ 8:25am | ! Report

        Just because we’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get us!!

      • April 14th 2012 @ 10:29am
        BigAl said | April 14th 2012 @ 10:29am | ! Report

        I think Kossie wants all the kiddies to start playing Simon Smells again

    • April 14th 2012 @ 8:30am
      Titus said | April 14th 2012 @ 8:30am | ! Report

      Well there certainly seemed to be a celebratory mood in the world of AFL/NRL/Rugby with the troubles at the Jets.

      Even moved some of their media arms to take an interest in Football.

      • April 14th 2012 @ 2:44pm
        BigAl said | April 14th 2012 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

        Titus . . . would you be able to help stam with his query, which I repeat here . . .

        “stam said | April 14th 2012 @ 11:59am | Report comment

        Does anyone have a link where the afl has even commented on the recent aleague woes?


        I also would be interested in what you can present.

        • April 14th 2012 @ 7:14pm
          ManInBlack said | April 14th 2012 @ 7:14pm | ! Report

          exactly right – the last time any AFL folk cast an eye towards soccer in Australia was the WC bid and prior to that fixturing clashes as Etihad stadium – – which put the HAL at a similar level to the AFL’s concerns over AC/DC at Etihad too. Ironic that given AC/DC are now the theme of the AFL.

        • April 14th 2012 @ 8:04pm
          Titus said | April 14th 2012 @ 8:04pm | ! Report

          I have no idea BigAl, I was going mostly by the mood of AFL/NRL/Rugby commentors on various sites, that and the fact that all of a sudden Football was all over the media, and it wasn’t because it was finals time.

          • April 14th 2012 @ 8:09pm
            BigAl said | April 14th 2012 @ 8:09pm | ! Report

            . . . well – there you go then.

          • April 14th 2012 @ 9:05pm
            ManInBlack said | April 14th 2012 @ 9:05pm | ! Report

            mainstream media thrives on train wrecks.

    • Roar Rookie

      April 14th 2012 @ 8:33am
      Stevo said | April 14th 2012 @ 8:33am | ! Report

      If you want to strip away the spin and get down to tin tacks, Saint Kossie is your go to man. Keep punching man!

    • April 14th 2012 @ 8:48am
      seanmaguire said | April 14th 2012 @ 8:48am | ! Report

      How can he say it’s healthy when two clubs have closed down in the last year and Tinkler wants to close down Newcastle as well? The game won’t go extinct, but it’s definately the worst point in the history of the A League and tilting at windmills won’t change that. You’d hope that the next tv rights deal includes some free to air coverage so they can get some more exposure.
      He’s right about the billionaires though they all seem a little crazy. Maybe they should impose a weight limit on them, the bigger they are the madder they seem.

    • April 14th 2012 @ 9:07am
      pete4 said | April 14th 2012 @ 9:07am | ! Report

      I stopped caring what the other codes thought a long time ago. I think the other codes have envy for our game because the number of participants is more than all 3 put together and down the track their worry is they’ll end up suffering because of it . More often than not that’s why you’ll only ever see negative press concerning soccer.

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