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I have fears that it’ll be another 2017/18 where Sydney were by far the best team in the league, but fell apart when it really mattered.

Based on form, the A-League top six is an utter lie

Apart from Kosta Barbarousas tripping over the ball a couple of metres from the goal, I don’t recall Sydney doing anything special in and around the box to put any fear into the City defence.

Based on form, the A-League top six is an utter lie

I’m not sure about who’s going to sponsor the FFA Cup, but I’ve got a strong feeling Optus Sport will pick up the rights. Simon HIl joining them is the first step of bringing Austrlain football to the new home of football

Can a cut-price A-League offer more chances to local youngsters?

It would be a nice change to see McLaren be challenged for the golden boot my a non-VISA player for once.

Can a cut-price A-League offer more chances to local youngsters?

You mentioned in your first comment WU had an average of 5.6k, then you say it’s just shy of 7k, which is it?

My reasoning for the Bull is if have 13 home games; they’ll probably be given have 4 home derbies that they’ll conservatively get 60k to those, meaning they’d only need to average just shy of 5k to the remaining 9 home games to average 8k.

Macarthur FC sign former Socceroos goalkeeper for inaugural campaign

I’ll bet my left nut the Bulls average a higher 1st year attendance then the WU did in their first year, although this is based on Covid-19 not ruining the season.

Macarthur FC sign former Socceroos goalkeeper for inaugural campaign

Should probably fix the typo stating that Simmons is a 6th man

Boomers in the bubble: A preview of the Australians in the NBA restart

Not sure if anyone caught the Mariners vs Wanderers match last night, but Bozza came across really unprofessional and arrogant in how he was addressing Speedy. Maybe it’s bitterness at what’s happening at Fox Sports and Bozza doesn’t like the fact that a multi-coder like Speedy is now the go do caller for the A League.
If that’s what we’ve got to look forward to then plenty will be turning down the volume.

Simon Hill's departure from Fox Sports leaves a gaping hole

I’m not arguing the point of subscritpions vs advertising, my point on the viewership data would be just as valuable to understand what they’re subscribers are watching.

Plus I imagine those smaller programs which are there to just fill the scheduling gaps are likely puchased as a package from the overseas broadcaster, and are also quite cheap so it doesn’t matter as much if theyre not capturing useful viewer data.

The case for FFA TV

Wow the footage Roar are using for HIll is seriously out of date, the legend that is Simon Hill looks like a recluse these days 😂

Simon Hill's departure from Fox Sports leaves a gaping hole

I think Fox would be very interested in how many people view each program.
It’s valuable data which allows them to analyse how many people care about a chosen sport (and hence future broadcast dollars), otherwise how else can they know how many subscribers like the A League vs the NRL or AFL, etc.

The case for FFA TV

I’m not sure how well the economics of it all would stack up, but it’s exciting in my mind.
Realistically a 2nd division could get by with 3 cameras, for decent coverage so wouldn’t cost the world to broadcast, with a local commentator being paid a couple hundred.
When I think of paying $9 per month for Disney+ which effectively provides no new content that I’m interested in (as my daughters endlessly rewatch existing movies), then paying a similar amount for wall to wall football coverage doesn’t seem like too bad a deal.

The case for FFA TV

But NZ can’t stay like that forever, you can’t just shut yourself off to the world.
At some point Jacinda will need to start opening the borders and accept that there will be outbreaks of Covid19.
How do you expect your tourism industry to survive otherwise.

Australian football codes have no option but to focus on their own backyard

On that topic, B3t Ea5y had a glitch yesterday on the Tigers vs Parramatta Eels game where some same game multi odds calculations were spitting out outlandish odds.
Anyway me and a bunch of mates got on a few variations, long story short I got up on a 3 leg which should’ve paid about 1/15 but instead offered 125/1!
I was waiting for the collect so I could quickly withdraw my funds, but they cancelled my bet, didn’t even pay me out on the correct odds. I’ll be writing to them soon so complain. 😊

The biggest bets of the decade, 2010-19

I’m not saying they’re overpaid for what they do, I’m saying much or what they do could be centralised and hence you wouldn’t need to hire the same role across each federation, instead you could have central roles which cater to more then one federation.
This would be a much simpler and cost effective way to run football in this country.

The A-League's fan-base could use an attitude adjustment

I love a good punting tale, especially where people win big on crazy odds.
Although I can’t believe you missed out on including Leicester City winning the English Premier League back in 2016, of which they were paying 5000/1 at the start of the season 😱

The biggest bets of the decade, 2010-19

I can’t see how a draw is in anyway beneficial for the Jet’s, they’re 6 points behind Adelaide in 6th so need 3 pts pretty desperately.

Plus Corica has stated the team have a new goal to equal Arnie’s record of 66 points.
Hopefully it all equals some free flowing football.

Newcastle Jets’ disastrous restart makes three points tonight against Sydney a must

Or preferably the winner of the league goes up, and then the 2nd promoted spot is played out in a ‘final’ between the 2nd and 3rd ranked teams, similar to how the Championship is structured.

How I would overhaul Australia's football system

Thanks for taking the time out and putting forward a well thought out system.

Although, I don’t support what would effectively be a 2nd division which is broken up into all the state based NPL’s. It would spread the talent way too thin (between as you say ~90 teams).
The 2nd division needs to be 14-18 teams which would contain much stronger squads in terms of playing talent, and hence when a club is promoted they would have a much higher chance of surviving in the A League. With the conference system I feel the promoted team would make the current Mariners team look good.
I also think the system for promotion should be much more straight forward, once again going against a conference system.

How I would overhaul Australia's football system

It’s all talk though, once the new SFS is built there’s no chance that SydFC would move away from there.

Which Sydney suburban rugby league grounds should be redeveloped?

1 or 2 games a season on a Sunday afternoon is fine, but as a regular ground it just doesn’t cut the mustard for season ticket holders.
The access to get there is terrible, the actual stadium is a dump, facilities are non-existent. And I think it’s a bit of a furphy that people say it’s well connected to pubs and the like; as it’s on the pointy end of Lilyfield with only one pub close by. Balmain is nowhere near it which has plenty of of places to eat and drink. Rozelle is closer but still not a close walk.

Which Sydney suburban rugby league grounds should be redeveloped?

Totally agree, removing each federation and instead having FFA run each zone/region/state they could instantly save many millions which could be reinvested back into the grassroots.
I heard that it cost about $3m in staffing just to run FFQ, what a waste of grassroots money.

The A-League's fan-base could use an attitude adjustment

It’s a valid argument, but for Kogarah for example doesn’t really have the ability to benefit from an economic increase on match days because there’s nothing to do in Carlton where the stadium sits.
Leichhardt Oval is slightly better in that respect, but not much of an improvement, but that ground is a dump and shouldn’t get any funding to improve the place.
Shark Park is owned by the club so no money should go their way.
Penrith could benefit from fairly minor upgrades by adding seats at either end, same goes for Campbelltown.
Belmore deserves no funding as it’s too close to Bankwest.
And Brookvale could do with simple upgrades too, look at what has been done at the Dolphins Stadium north of Brisbane, great little stadium and very cost effective!

Which Sydney suburban rugby league grounds should be redeveloped?

He’s back, now it feels like the A League is back to normal.

Seems you’ve been following SMFCMike a little too close 😂 , I wouldn’t take too much stock in what you read on Twitter Mike…

The A-League's fan-base could use an attitude adjustment

I’m happy to see an NPL coach be promoted with a full-time A League gig. There’s no reason clubs shouldn’t recruit from there more often instead of international journeymen who would cost much more in salary.

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