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Mike Tuckerman

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What next – ban the word negative because it sounds negative?

All I do is watch the football and then write about it. How you interpret it is up to you.

The A-League can't afford to delay expansion any longer

Do you mean positive stories like “Keisuke Honda is the monster the A-League needs,” “An A-League match in Mudgee is the perfect addition to Remembrance Round,” “The A-League needs all the attacking football it can get?” You know, those ones you didn’t comment on?

The A-League can't afford to delay expansion any longer

I would hate to be your accountant.

The A-League can't afford to delay expansion any longer

They also lost broadcast rights to the English Premier League at around the same time, and no doubt didn’t want to cede more ground to Optus Sport.

The A-League can't afford to delay expansion any longer

They’re losing money.

“Some had assumed the league would expand to 33 rounds, but at roughly $80,000 production costs per game, that would cost Fox an extra $2.5m – money the broadcaster has made clear it cannot afford.”

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/football/fox-sports-warns-aleague-bosses-extra-teams-will-mean-fewer-rounds/news-story/a9dce5b28d6504b17f179d76644a8587

The A-League can't afford to delay expansion any longer

You post some desperate stuff on here, Nemesis, but this is right up there.

The media landscape has changed, which is why:
– ratings are down
– Foxtel has launched a streaming service
– Fox Sports are cutting production costs.

And the Murdochs couldn’t care less about any programming that doesn’t generate revenue – which is precisely why A-League officials should be worried.

The A-League can't afford to delay expansion any longer

But even that is not without its controversy, given that Sassuolo effectively kicked Reggiana out of their own stadium. Sassuolo itself lies around 20 kilometres from Reggio Emilia – where some locals believe they’ve moved in by stealth thanks to Reggiana’s perpetual struggles.

It’s not just Australia that struggles with stadium issues.

A-League clubs are an afterthought when it comes to stadium deals

“The NSW Labor party will not rebuild either the Sydney Football Stadium at Moore Park or proceed with an $800 million upgrade to ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park if it wins government at the March election.”

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/you-won-t-get-a-single-cent-labor-stands-firm-on-stadium-cash-20181126-p50ien.html

A-League clubs are an afterthought when it comes to stadium deals

Can’t say I trawled through anything, I simply googled the minister in question.

Football fans aren’t fooled by this sort of gaslighting though. I know it behooves non-football fans to pretend that the game receives its fair share of attention – particularly compared to competitions like the AFL – but as Friday night’s debacle reminded us, that’s seldom the case.

A-League clubs are an afterthought when it comes to stadium deals

Must be why every rendering on the Infrastructure NSW site is of a Parramatta Eels game, and why Stuart Ayres – minister for Sport and Western Sydney – failed to mention the Wanderers at all in his latest media release about the stadium (but name-checked the Eels, the Wests Tigers and the NSW Waratahs).

Yep, not an afterthought at all.

A-League clubs are an afterthought when it comes to stadium deals

I don’t think anyone buys your schtick, AR.

https://www.stuartayres.com.au/media/media-releases/western-sydney-stadium-welcomes-parramatta-eels-home-2019

The Wanderers didn’t even rate a mention from Stuart Ayres as one of the stadium’s co-tenants. But he’s only the Minister for Sport and Minister for Western Sydney, so why would he care?

A-League clubs are an afterthought when it comes to stadium deals

I’ve been to 1300SMILES Stadium. I’d venture to say it’s arguably the least fit-for-purpose stadium in Australia, and it’s nowhere Townsville’s CBD to boot. If any city needs a new stadium, it’s Townsville. To suggest their current stadium is outdated is a massive understatement.

A-League clubs are an afterthought when it comes to stadium deals

It was a New South Wales government decision driven by their desire to transform Parramatta into a second CBD and for whom they view the Parramatta Eels as the key tenant.

A-League clubs are an afterthought when it comes to stadium deals

Pretty much sums up proceedings then.

All the politics don't mean a thing until the FFA fix football's problems

And that makes you part of the problem, Redondo, not part of the solution.

All the politics don't mean a thing until the FFA fix football's problems

I’m pretty sure that’s what we said about Steven Lowy.

All the politics don't mean a thing until the FFA fix football's problems

I think what it says is that posters like you, mattq, deliberately misconstrue phrases like “clean out the state federations” as “get rid of the state federations” to try and serve up a ‘gotcha’ moment to me that I imagine fuels you with a sense of moral superiority?

All the politics don't mean a thing until the FFA fix football's problems

Speaking of whining, where have all your comments been on the string of articles I’ve recently posted ‘talking about the football?’ Conspicuously absent, of course.

All the politics don't mean a thing until the FFA fix football's problems

I agree – and that wasn’t intended as a knock on Joseph Carrozzi. That being said, I think we’re all a bit sick of the staged photos and cliches about uniting the game, and would simply like to see some action following all these words.

All the politics don't mean a thing until the FFA fix football's problems

Football in Australia doesn’t start and end with Victoria.

All the politics don't mean a thing until the FFA fix football's problems

Hi Alex. The state federations hold a significant amount of power. Several of them were alleged to be on the verge of voting down the Congress Review Working Group’s recommendations – which would have prompted FIFA intervention – and they accounted for 55 per cent of the vote in the board elections.

It means that federations with a proportionally tiny base of registered footballers – like the Northern Territory, the ACT and Tasmania – hold the same amount of power as states like New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. And it leads to shadowy back-room deals and political horse-trading among officials who need the support of otherwise insignificant power blocs to get things done.

All the politics don't mean a thing until the FFA fix football's problems

This would be the same FFA that used its “power and mandate” to ban 198 A-League supporters without the right of appeal, wouldn’t it?

All the politics don't mean a thing until the FFA fix football's problems

I’d say I disagree with much of your comment, but I think Simon Hill probably said it best today. https://bit.ly/2FugZsd

Tim Cahill is our greatest Socceroo, and he deserves a fitting farewell

But surely the point of ‘playing out from the back’ is to do so successfully, not turn the ball over to your opponent to open the scoring? In many instances, wouldn’t simply clearing the ball be preferable?

The A-League needs all the attacking football it can get

I got burned tipping against Sydney FC last week. Lesson learned.

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