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I have never looked forward to a finals series with less anticipation.

Will Adelaide United make the finals?

Off topic, but this from Pierce Waring is absolutely damning of Victory under Muscat, and indeed the A League in general. I used to be inclined to dismiss this kind of stuff from players, but it has become so consistent in terms of what they all say when they leave, that it has to be believed.

“My time at Melbourne Victory was really good but it was one session a day and quite relaxed,” he said.

“It was about 45 minutes to 90 max and then after midday you had the afternoon off.

“At Cerezo it’s two or three sessions every single day. You’re at the club from 8.30 in the morning and you get home at 5pm.

“During pre-season we trained at 6.45am, 9.30am and 3.30pm. The early session was a 7 kilometre cross country run.

“Then a conditioning session involving short sprints and later in the day a technical session.”

Eat, sleep, repeat – welcome to fitness conditioning, Cerezo-style. A far cry from Victory, with Dutch winger Leroy George famously describing his time there as more holiday camp than boot camp.

“It was hell during pre-season but when you come out of it and play actual games it almost feels relaxed,” added Waring.

“Back in Australia after a game I felt absolutely stuffed but in Japan after a match it just feels like a normal session.”

Will Adelaide United make the finals?

Diawara goes the top of the list of non event marquees for me.

Jardel, awful, yes, but at least he was gone fast. Diawara has been draining cash from AU for how many years now?

What an utter waste of money.

Will Adelaide United make the finals?

Frankly, the idea of Ten throwing serious weight behind the A League as mainstream programming could only be believed by the kind of people who think that Kubrick faked the film of the moon landings.

What will A-League expansion mean for the A-League TV deal?

Nick, to be blunt, I would not believe anything coming out of FFA under the current management, least of all their interpretation of viewing figures.

What will A-League expansion mean for the A-League TV deal?

Why on earth would Ten want to ramp up their tie in with the A League with the ratings in free fall?
There is nothing to suggest that there is an appetite among the broader public for watching the game on television. And let’s face it – most (MOST not ALL) the football this season has been the equivalent of swallowing a fistful of Dame Edna’s moggies.
The A League would have be totally rebooted with the salary cap gone and genuine marquees for this to have even a remote chance of coming off.
Anyone who thinks that there is any possibility of anything but a reduced offer from Fox next time round needs to see someone about medication, because unless the ratings rise by more than the amount they have fallen since this deal was signed, nothing but a half to two thirds offer – if any offer at all – will be forthcoming.
The faint light at the end of the tunnel is that handing over the running of the League to the clubs will deliver all these things. The owners obviously have a massive vested interest in keeping the League operating but, my word, they have some work to do over the next two seasons, and improving the quality of the marquees and the playing squads in general has to be the starting point. And that can’t be done with the cap. I’m not going to point out individual players, but I think we could all quite easily come up with a list of players who have been round and round the clubs and should not be anywhere near a match day squad but somehow still are.
Make no mistake, the salary cap is the biggest problem the A League has, closely followed by clubs playing out of carvernous outsize stadiums (the biggest issue for both Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar, but seemingly unsolvable for both) that kills the game on television. Not much can be done about the second, but getting rid of the cap can be done, and immediately. Control what we can, and manage what we can’t.

What will A-League expansion mean for the A-League TV deal?

Well, it’s hardly the success story the Melbourne head office would like. Even you would have to admit that.

Have the A-League's ratings tanked because people no longer watch TV?

This is pure guesswork, obviously. Also, Fox would have a number of factors to offset against this income, including considerable production costs.

Only Fox know whether the numbers stack up, and their attempt to withhold the 5 million for the new team suggests the numbers most certainly do not look good.

Have the A-League's ratings tanked because people no longer watch TV?

You’ve nailed it – FTA is going for long run formats that depend on almost live broadcast (at most a narrow window from events to broadcast) lowest common denominator shows that can be made very cheaply. The kind of stuff that streaming services aren’t interested in (yet).

Have the A-League's ratings tanked because people no longer watch TV?

Griffo, I suspect the fact that Fox has use the omission of the word “Melbourne” from Western United tells you that there has been a very real drop.

Have the A-League's ratings tanked because people no longer watch TV?

Nick, I’ve flagged my views above.
I think it is a real possibility from these signals that Fox may be preparing to walk away completely.
Reducing the deal, if they offer one, by 33% to 50% is a certainty, I believe.
It’s a brave new media world and very difficult to predict how the landscape will look when crunch time arrives. An independent A League will reboot everything. I hope.

Have the A-League's ratings tanked because people no longer watch TV?

Agree 100%. It’s a complex situation with no magic bullet.

Have the A-League's ratings tanked because people no longer watch TV?

Establishing anything close to accurate data is impossible from the outside, but this looks a reasonable stab at it if you prune back Telstra and Kayo by half to be conservative. And I would halve regional FTA to the same end.

Around 140 could be about right.

Shame it was a such an poor game.

Have the A-League's ratings tanked because people no longer watch TV?

Good point – the football demographics certainly suggest that the A League will be disproportionally affected by streaming.

Have the A-League's ratings tanked because people no longer watch TV?

I was an early adopter myself. Couldn’t wait to ditch the Foxtel box. The rep I spoke to cancel my account – despite the fact that I had simply crossed to their streaming service Now – argued so long and hard not to lose my account that I actually had to ask to speak to her supervisor. The reps are obviously under huge pressure to retain conventional accounts, and eventually she told me exactly that by way of explanation for her aggressive response.

Have the A-League's ratings tanked because people no longer watch TV?

Agree Waz – Fox are struggling across the board. And they have made – along with the commercial FTA networks – some very poor decisions on the amount they have paid for ALF and NRL when their viewership is shrinking.

Have the A-League's ratings tanked because people no longer watch TV?

I’m anticipating half of the tv current deal being offered next time around, possibly two thirds if Fox has positive data on Kayo viewing patterns regarding the A League.
What is beyond any doubt is that there will be a reduction in the current deal. No one is discussing the issue publicly, but it will certainly be in the forefront of in-house discussions at FFA and at the clubs, and in discussions between the two.
If ever there was an indication of Fox’s intentions, it was the playing of semantics with a club name to weasil out of paying the 5 million dollars they had agreed to. The message here is clear: Fox don’t want to spend money on a competition they are thinking of ditching in a couple of years time. I don’t see how there can be any other interpretation of their actions, and the code needs to recognise that there is a real possibility of Fox withdrawing completely at the end of this tv deal.
It is absolutely imperative that the A League is established as an independent body as soon as possible. Only by wealthy owners spending on their clubs and on the competition more broadly can the A League continue to exist in any thing like its current form.
The cap is without doubt the biggest problem the competition has. It has failed to create the fabled “level playing field” and has resulted in a competition where mediocrity rules and our clubs fall further off the pace in Asia with each year. Expect some sobering results in the ACL this year. We’ve already had one from the Jets.
Interesting times ahead.

Have the A-League's ratings tanked because people no longer watch TV?

The idea that Aloisi kept on 35 year old Matt McKay and let Akbari go is surely a perfect example.

Have the A-League's ratings tanked because people no longer watch TV?

Apology accepted on behalf of Japanese readers. I disagree with your assessment of Japanese teams, however. They are far more attractive to watch than A League teams, as is their national team versus our pedestrian journeymen.
I have to say though, that the idea that Mike seems to be lauding, of a kid going home and completing 1000 wall passes because the coach told him so, strikes me as appalling. Once again we come back the fact that some people have football way out of perspective.
This is a very confused article from Mike T. It verges on flippant, and while there are good points in there, I think he needed to clarify his line of thought before publishing.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

So you are seriously suggesting that Japanese footballers “can’t think for the themselves”.

Franko, you really do need to engage your brain before you type. Just think about what you are saying there, how nonsensical it is, and how offensive.

Japan is the template, but does our football culture allow us to follow it?

I don’t come to the site very often now, but this article is outstanding. More of this ilk, please!
I haven’t completely lost the faith, but certainly the game appears to be trying a Book of Job job on its true believers.
I am only really certain of one thing that MUST happen. The salary cap must go. It has failed dismally. We have to join the global football free market. The big clubs must be allowed to put the lie to the idea, widely held, that this is fifth rate league. Yes, the spend will be uneven, but is the system working for CCM, for example? The money will still be there, assuming a tv deal exists, for the smaller clubs to assemble professional squads, and they will necessarily have to become better at identifying and developing young talent.
Until our clubs can spend what they need to raise the standard of football, the public profile of the League, and spend to genuinely complete in Asia, the elite game here will never progress beyond the current hand to mouth existence.
Nick raises the issue of the changing cultural landscape. Personally, I would have been utterly dismayed if my sons had chosen football over education. We’re a middle class culture and how many parents would prioritise football over education? Could there be a riskier move than betting everything on a 13 year old turning into a high class professional footballer? There is so much talk on these forums about developing players at 5 or 6; but even at 13 it is hard to say how an athlete will turn out as a body changes. And I’ve seen so many parents and young players burned out completely by elite youth development, the pleasure of the game destroyed for both. Because that is what is – a game. But my word, the misdirected veneration from some people… I look at people like Foster and Slater and co and I often wonder, don’t they get bored? How many games of football can you watch?
The most talented player I coached – an outstanding champion sprinter who had all the moves at 15 of a class winger, including a ferocious shot and flawless Cruyff turn, is now finishing an engineering degree. He gave up football at 17. He just wasn’t interested any more.
That’s the problem. It isn’t just that our footballers are drawn from the same pool as AFL, Union and NRL and cricket etc – it’s that the pool is even smaller, limited to those who don’t have many other options, and that is more the case now than ever before.
Which is why so many players come to Europe from Africa and South America. Places where football is the only option, regardless of your intelligence and capacity to reach for something more substantial than chasing a ball around a square of grass.

New football is beginning to resemble old soccer

I not only know what I do for a living, but I also know what you do for a living: nothing. You can’t possibly be employed and spend the amount of time you do on these threads. Your alleged law degree and business consultancies are clearly fictions. Over the years you have made one utterly absurd and baseless claim after another, a list of which have been displayed recently by other posters.
Do you honestly think that reading these reports gives you any insight into the operational realities of television networks? Your naivety is astounding. To lump Netflix, Foxtel and Optus into one group only demonstrates the depth of your ignorance.
You are, in the end, nothing but a noxious blend of hot air and narcissism.

Australia's Asian Cup defence comes to a bitter end

I long ago concluded that you were nothing that that you said you were, and your track record, in terms of the absurd statements you have posted over time, proven has they have been time after time to lack any basis in fact, means your credibility is zero.
Once again here, you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

Australia's Asian Cup defence comes to a bitter end

So we’re right into denialist territory. Memberships don’t mean anything.
The most important metrics is ratings. They are commercially disastrous.
Then there’s attendances. Have you been watching them lately? They are alarming. There is a real chance of a sub 10k average for this season. They will certainly demonstrate a 6th consecutive season fall in average.
The worst thing we can do at the moment is pretend this is acceptable. It isn’t. People have to understand that the A League is in an existential crisis.
Memberships count for exactly nothing in terms of the next ten deal upon which the competition depends. Ratings are all that matter.
We need an independent A League, the salary cap gone, and 4 more teams. Do we have the time needed? I sure hope so, but it’s going to be close run thing.

Australia's Asian Cup defence comes to a bitter end

Good grief, LH. I am watching and I don’t have agenda.

You’re the football equivalent of climate change denialist. That’s your prerogative, but the figures are unequivocal.

Saying it isn’t so doesn’t change anything.

Australia's Asian Cup defence comes to a bitter end