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I think a 17 game season is fine, but 11 game is just not enough. Sure I’d take the Premiership, but 2017 and 2019 would mean a lot more to me, there is no avoiding it.

AFL open to Christmas grand final

I don’t think so. I am only sensitive about boring, repetitive, inane commentary. It is pretty easy to move on when you win a Premiership 12 months and 1 week later.
Methinks the PtS needs something else to hang his hat on regarding Richmond than a game 2 seasons ago, which only allowed Collingwood to lose yet another Grand Final (one which I believe Richmond also would have lost).

AFL open to Christmas grand final

Merging interstate teams makes little sense, especially when one of them is a non-entity like Gold Coast (and presumably the new home base). What an insult to any club and its supporters to have to merge with them!
It would make more sense to merge teams in the same city to have a better chance of keeping supporters following and attending games. If you need to cut Melbourne teams the logical ones to look at merging are Bulldogs, Roos and Saints. Demons to a lesser extent. Demons biggest problem is the proportion of their supporters who are MCC members and (I assume) mostly not contributing to them financially through membership. If you think Melbourne doesn’t have the population to support 9 teams, you won’t achieve much (in the short to medium term) if you relocate those teams and lose maybe half their supporters from the game.
But be careful what you wish for. If the AFL has to cut its expenses to get loans and so on, the biggest drains are Gold Coast and GWS and they would be the first ones banks would tell the AFL to axe. Brisbane and Saints are not far behind. It is true that the first 3 have a bigger catchment, but Saints have more current supporters and greater potential for immediate (non AFL HQ) income.

The future of Australian sport (Part 1): bigger isn’t better

Titans sold out a game once, but it had to be a final against the Broncoes. LOL.
You say the Suns have sold out many times. In your examples maybe that Collingwood game of 24000 and 1000 others with ticket holders didn’t turn up, but none of your other examples suggest a sell out.

The future of Australian sport (Part 1): bigger isn’t better

Move on Peter. We have. 2019 Premiership beats 2018 runners up.

AFL open to Christmas grand final

I guess we’ll never know.

AFL open to Christmas grand final

Dream on Rowdy. Teams competing would not be an issue at the MCG unless both GWS and Gold Coast featured.
What is obvious though is you could never plan a Perth Grand Final without a WA team.

AFL open to Christmas grand final

Richmond and Hawthorn wouldn’t accept them. They’d have to pick each other, which would make more sense anyway.

The six AFL clubs that could go to the wall

I should have stopped after the first sentence: “The game needs to reset, but so does the industry as a whole.”
No it doesn’t. Nothing in the article tells me why I might be wrong. The article seems to just list any idea anyone has had in the last 5 years. The only one missing is to play extra time and then a penalty shootout after any draws.

What should the AFL look like in 2021 and beyond?

Half a billion seems a bit extravagant for a city of 200000.

The six AFL clubs that could go to the wall

You said yourself the AFL had over $160 million in cash and receivables at the end of 2019, so have they ” burnt through cash and sacrificed a solid base” or not?

The six AFL clubs that could go to the wall

Certainly a thin article, but the “surplus” clubs in Melbourne have more members, supporters, attendees, TV watchers and generate more income for the AFL than GWS or Gold Coast.

The six AFL clubs that could go to the wall

Unless the broadcasters demand a new deal and are happy with less games, I can’t see the AFL letting clubs fold. I think what is more likely is a widening of the gap between the haves and have-nots which has been narrowing until now. So I think it will set back the evening up of the competition by a few years.

The six AFL clubs that could go to the wall

Even I am sick of Richmond vs Carlton as the opening game.
I am not up for a GF rematch, but perhaps the reigning Premier against another top 6 team.

Richmond open season with eerie win

It was hard with my own team playing. Tonight will be a test.

Richmond open season with eerie win

Yeah it was weird. Like watching a 3rds match and it did take something away from the game, that is for sure.
I thought Carlton were okay, but only when the game was lost, i.e. after 1/4 time. We were pretty poor in the middle when they were coming back. We do lose a lot out of the middle (and have for years) which is disappointing and surprising for the number 1 team.
It is just great to have some footy. Long may it last.

Richmond open season with eerie win

I am not upset! I enjoy banter / debate with you and I am just giving my opinions back.

Richmond open season with eerie win

That’s the whole point. In 2018 they peaked too early. They were fading away late in the season and a couple of injuries/ sickness didn’t help for the Prelim, but I don’t think they would have beaten West Coast anyway.

Richmond open season with eerie win

Matti I appreciate it is an opinion site, but “give it a rest” is after reading the same from you last night countless times. I don’t normally look at blogs but got a bit bored last night – maybe I shouldn’t.
I am not drinking Kool Aid at all, I am just realistic. Sides rarely go for the kill early in a season. I have witnessed up-and-coming Richmond team enough times to know when you think you are in with a chance against a top class opposition it just never seems to work. I always thought we just needed a bit more luck in those days, now I realise the better team just steps it up when they need to.
Tigers were average after the initial first quarter onslaught, but as Prestia said after the match, “we realise we are not going to play our best footy in round 1”.
In all probability you will be right about a shortened season meaning percentage will count more, but I suspect Richmond are determined to get there by wins on the board.

Richmond open season with eerie win

Give it a rest. Tigers did what they needed to do. They have learnt from 2018.
They also made 52 tackles to 23.

Richmond open season with eerie win

We are all just thinking best case scenario.

AFL grand final on a coronavirus collision course with T20 World Cup

It was 25 minutes plus time on. Now it is 20 minutes of playing time, which is slightly different.
I am pretty sure they didn’t count time on when the ball went out of bounces but do now. Quarters are actually longer now.

AFL officially green-lights Round 1 despite coronavirus concerns

I doubt it matters, I am sure there would be a force majeure clause in the contract.
Regardless I think the AFL have a deal to have use of the MCG from mid March to early October and a contract that states they will play the GF at the MCG. I would say that if there was no force majeure out then it would be the AFL breaching the contract by not being ready to play its GF in time. I am sure the MCC would be reasonable in such circumstances (but would be equally happy if they forced the AFL to extend the contract).

AFL grand final on a coronavirus collision course with T20 World Cup

I think level 2 is good, but I can’t afford it!

AFL grand final on a coronavirus collision course with T20 World Cup

I find it soulless.

AFL grand final on a coronavirus collision course with T20 World Cup