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It seems to me that on this occasion, new rules are not being rushed in, as in the past, but we’re taking our time considering them.

I look at that as a great step forward.

AFL rule changes spoken into existence

Too much distribution? Isn’t that a good thing for a transport system?

Hail Caesar! The public appeal to build a 'Sydney Colosseum'

If it was a mute point, you’d hope the subject would attract a bit more silence.

Hail Caesar! The public appeal to build a 'Sydney Colosseum'

Good points about SA.

Let’s not forget that back in 2003-04, the Commonwealth Govt had to beg Lowy to take control of the re-birth of soccer, with the promise of millions in Govt money, and Lowy was able to name his own terms about how that was going to happen.

Whatever happens next, it’s unlikely that soccer will ever again have the ear of Govt as Lowy snr had it when he was in charge.

What do you think the A-League will look like after the EGM?

Lowy
the name is Lowy
L-o-w-y

What do you think the A-League will look like after the EGM?

Italy is a bit of a basket case, and when it comes to their political institutions, they are the butt of all jokes amongst all OECD countries.

Ten years ago the FFA and K-Rudd shared a dream

I’ve read that one of the first things the clubs will do once they take control of the FFA and the A-League is ditch Fox and organise their own broadcast deal.

They feel strongly that they can do better than the $50 million they’re currently getting out of Fox.

Given that last time round, no one bid for the rights apart from Fox, that’s a rather optimistic outlook.

What do you think the A-League will look like after the EGM?

What he said.

As soon as I read the first proposal of having a best of three in a finals game, I stopped reading.

That’s never going to happen in the AFL.

What format should the AFL finals use going forward?

Yes, 10 years ago, the future of soccer seemed bright, the world was our oyster.

But immediately after earning one vote from the FIFA delegates, two A-League clubs were to fold in quick succession.

The game is on the verge of another kick along with some heavy hitters wanting to pay big bucks for A-League licenses, and the new $57 mill per annum TV deal set to kick in.

The sleeping giant is set to awaken….again.

Ten years ago the FFA and K-Rudd shared a dream

KP
spacing is temporary, it sorts itself out after a few minutes

Why rugby won't survive

Terrible marking attempt with only a few seconds to go in one of the quarters led to a simple pies goal out the back.

GWS are staring down the barrel of a 2019 contract crisis

In other words, the hysteria surrounding the Giants building up an unstoppable teams was precisely that.

The coming of age of the initial crop of players from 2012 will coincide with them becoming free agents, and clearly, there will be losses.

Re Hopper and Himmelberg, they both came through the GWS Academy, so hopefully, that will mean they are more likely to stay than leave.

Hopefully the Victorian hysteria surrounding the GWS Academy has also subsided. If there is one thing which is going to help the Giants, Lions and Suns keep more of their players, it’s being able to sign up more players from their respective Academies.

GWS are staring down the barrel of a 2019 contract crisis

Some good points are made.

I can’t see that the 666 rule is a big deal since it’s only for centre bounces, within 4 or 5 seconds, it’s do whatever you want to do. Re adjudication, the boundary umpires patrol the centre square, meaning the two other field umpires can keep an eye on their respective 50m arc, I don’t see that it’s an issue.

I agree that the 18m square will look weird (at least for a short while), although I agree with the argument that it opens up the field of play dramatically for the team kicking out (and can people please stop ringing SEN declaring that if the full back has the footy, he’ll be having a shot at goal from the goal square if he’s kicking with the wind).

I’m attracted to the idea of a midpoint solution, going to a 15m square, given that 15m is used for a lot of rules (marks, run and bounce, etc.), if nothing else, it would be nice to have something on the field that is exactly 15m to remind us all how long 15m actually is.

The problem with the new rules

I agree that the rule is very much a 19th century type invention.

Now that we’ve seen this play out, the sensible thing is to do what you suggest, especially in the higher tiers of football. You can’t abide situations where clubs “accidentally” leave an extra bloke on the field.

North Adelaide allowed to play in SANFL grand final despite extra man

I think back to when the AFL changed a scoreline post-game due to the loudness of the siren being deficient. I’m not sure a specific rule existed for them to be able to do that, but they did it.

North Adelaide allowed to play in SANFL grand final despite extra man

Well done to all.

An update from The Roar regarding comments

Nice thought.

In the end this was a tough decision, I’m guessing most footy fans would have an issue with the decision, we can only hope that North don’t win the granny.

North Adelaide allowed to play in SANFL grand final despite extra man

On NRL360 Paul Crawley has put forward a suggestion to improve the NRL’s poor crowds.

He suggests creating a conference system, all Sydney teams in one conference, all the out-of-towners in the other conference.

Presumably the out-of-town conference will contain Brisbane, Gold Coast, Nth Queensland, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, New Zealand…and I guess whoever gets sent to Perth.

The smaller NRL crowds confirm the AFL is the superior code? Rubbish!

Bob Dylan – Ain’t Gonna Grieve:

Brown and blue and white and black
All one color on the one-way track
We got this far and ain’t a-goin’ back
And I ain’t a-gonna grieve no more

Music won't help the A-League, but Tina Turner just might

Coincidentally, on another thread, Tim Gore mentioned Bob Dylan, and I’d say there is much to be found in his lyrics that we can apply to the current state of affairs within which the FFA and A-League find themselves:

Finally the bottom fell out
I became withdrawn
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin’ on
Like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue

or:

I’m just sitting here beating on my trumpet
With all these promises you left for me

Music won't help the A-League, but Tina Turner just might

Ah yes, true, a line in Tangled Up in Blue:

So I drifted down to New Orleans
where I happened to be employed
Workin’ for awhile on a fishin’ boat
right outside of Delacroix

The smaller NRL crowds confirm the AFL is the superior code? Rubbish!

The far bigger metrics confirm that the AFL is more popular, I don’t think anyone would try and mount an argument contrary to that assertion, but the descriptor “superior”, as intended by the author, I think is meant to be used to describe the respective games as opposed to their popularity.

The smaller NRL crowds confirm the AFL is the superior code? Rubbish!

I was just double checking the ratings for last weekend on the TV Tonight site.

The AFL go the no. 1 spot on Friday night with 974k.

The NRL came in at 11th with 477k.

The AFL also came first on Foxtel with 449k, while the NRL came 2nd with 308k.

The AFL also won the FTA ratings on Saturday with 915k (Coll vs GWS, Syd 75k).

The NRL came 5th with 506k.

The AFL also came first on Foxtel with 406k.

The NRL came 2nd with 301k.

The smaller NRL crowds confirm the AFL is the superior code? Rubbish!

Season 3, 2007-08, had the highest average attendance ever recorded in the history of the A-League (14,610).

It’s never managed to get close since.

Ten years on and the modest target of having an average of 12,500 looks unattainable.

What stands out about Season 3? Nothing much. No memorable signing, no memorable advertising, Jets and Mariners occupied top spots and played off in a rather dull grand final, reigning champs, Victory, failed to make the finals.

I think the A-League has reached its natural level in the market place and it is what it is.

Time for FFA to simply let football be football

Remarkable that this would happen at virtually the same time in two of the codes better leagues.

Incredible scenes as team found to have too many on the field in NEAFL GF