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A positive of there being less money in the game at the moment is that broke clubs like the Mariners and Jets are forced to use more young players than they would otherwise use.
It’s a major contribution to an interesting season thus far.

Maybe a global pandemic is just what the A-League needed

I can see them exceeding 4k crowds.

Does anyone care that Macarthur are a decent football team?

Decent…and bound to get better.
The playing roster looks solid, they are yet to fully gel at this point, which should send a very strong signal to the rest of the comp.
This team is more than capable of doing the double this season.
As the Wanderers showed in winning the premiership in their very first season: success brings crowds and media interest.
Entertaining game yesterday, Jets showed plenty.

Does anyone care that Macarthur are a decent football team?

Augers well for the future of the game.

Ten reasons to be optimistic about the A-League’s future

Melbourne and Sydney clubs will be the bedrock of Division 2.
When we end up with P&R (which is a long way away), you can count on Melbourne and Sydney Clubs eventually dominating both divisions.

Ten reasons to be optimistic about the A-League’s future

Pedro
If we ever get to 30 professional clubs across two divisions, at least 90% of those clubs will be located along the East Coast.

Ten reasons to be optimistic about the A-League’s future

A new dawn for Australian football.

Ten reasons to be optimistic about the A-League’s future

Not sure about no one watching, but we had a disrupted end to the last season, and further disruption this season, such that day to day, you don’t know whether there is a game on.
And that’s for those actively wanting to watch a game!

Cowbells and new blood suddenly make the A-League look a whole lot better

East Coast Giants to encompass all of NSW and Canberra.
I guess Jervis Bay is part of the ACT.

Capital idea for AFL expansion

In current circumstances, I don’t view those numbers as low.

The Roar's A-League expert tips and predictions: Match Week 3

As the cradle of Australian football, there will always be a football team in Newcastle.
Craig Foster has often commented on the historical importance of Newcastle to Australian football.
I think he once found evidence of numbers being used on the back of shirts in Newcastle perhaps for the first time anywhere in the world.
He also has given an account of a game in Newcastle getting a crowd of 4,000 some time in the late 1890s or early 1900s, and this could well be a record for an attendance at any sporting event in Australia at the time.

Fan loyalty tested in Newcastle

Very good points.
We can’t make comparisons or jump to any conclusions until we are well past this particular period, hopefully, it will be soon.

Is the A-League about to become what we've always wanted it to be?

In what has been a difficult opening to the season, which might still worsen, there has been some positive news amidst the gloom.

Is the A-League about to become what we've always wanted it to be?

Once upon a time the FFA would step in to run a club until it could re-sell the license.
That may not have been an optimum situation, but this is clearly worse: three other clubs are effectively running another club.
One of those clubs had already pinched the coach and half a dozen players!
Another, Western United, is still busy trying to establish itself, and we don’t even know who owns the club (and now they have a stake in another).
Are the WU owners interested in picking up free real estate in Newcastle?
Curiously, the wealthiest club of all is not partaking.

Jets owner Martin Lee stripped of club licence

This concept was mentioned in the Crawford report back in 2003, that the professional league be separate to the governing body, and is the model used in most of the world’s professional football leagues.
Interestingly, looking at other professional sports in Australia, the norm is the reverse. The track record of clubs being tasked with looking after the elite leagues is not a pretty one.
Why?
No surprise that the key issue has always been that clubs look after their own interests first and foremost.
That might be good for them, but it’s not necessarily the best thing for the game as a whole.
Especially when the context is one of club owners having lost hundreds of millions of dollars over the past 16 years.
That’s a lot of money.
It’s true that there is an incentive to invest more and look for new revenue sources, and that might happen. It’s equally true that club owners will be looking to take more money out of the industry, and that other stakeholders along the way will lose out.

Jets will survive in new era for A-League

Understand the sentiments, but probably too early for anyone to make any promises.
At least half the season will be affected by COVID, the broadcast deal ends late June (which might mean there is no broadcaster in place should the season need to be extended), and a host of major sponsors have been lost the last couple of years.
Will things improve now?
I doubt anyone really knows the answer, we just have to see how things pan out.

Jets will survive in new era for A-League

Circumstances are currently tough.
The A-League season will probably be over by the time Australian society returns to normality.
So we’re in a bit of a holding pattern, underscored by the fact that the handover to iA-L is yet to be formalised.
Add to that that the current (reduced) broadcast deal ends at the end of June.
All in all, it’s a matter of surviving this season as best we can, and then gearing up for the next phase of the A-League.
Probably best to have extremely low expectations about this season.

Less whingeing, more fun: Football needs to sell entertainment in 2021

Pretty common knowledge now that Foxtel locked the NRL in on a long term deal at a reduced rate.
They definitely saw him coming.
There were still a couple of years left on the deal, fair enough, take a hair cut on that, but why extend at that reduced rate? As if the Foxtel would ever risk letting the NRL go, so there was no need for the NRL to rush a deal.

A look back at an unprecedented sporting year impacted by COVID-19

Vlandys was successful in negotiating a long term extension with Foxtel at a vastly reduced sum.
Foxtel execs are still rubbing their hands with glee.
I’m sure no one else on Earth could have achieved that sort of outcome.

A look back at an unprecedented sporting year impacted by COVID-19

I had NoMates pinned as a rugby supporter, although he does occasionally talk about supporting the Nix (maybe he does both?)

Is the A-League's broadcast deal now a hostage situation?

One could argue that these broadcasters are in deep financial trouble because they are constantly over-paying for sport.
In the case of the winter footballs, this has been happening for decades.
They seem incapable of learning from the mistakes of the past.
Their day of reckoning is fast approaching.

Is the A-League's broadcast deal now a hostage situation?

I believe the A-League does better than the NBL when it comes to ratings and broadcast dollars.
Not sure about the WAFL, although it’s a state comp, so probably shouldn’t be making comparisons.
As a guess, I reckon Perth Glory would be as big as any WAFL club.

Is the A-League's broadcast deal now a hostage situation?

Talking about the NRL, Fox got a 5 year extension on that broadcast deal at a vastly reduced price.
Not only that, apparently the NRL had to shut down its digital arm as part of the deal.
I heard in the past week that Fox extended its AFL deal by another two years, but I don’t know whether it’s a higher or lower price.

Is the A-League's broadcast deal now a hostage situation?

In the main, it was the Victory’s and City’s opposition to Team 11 and South Melbourne that led the way to a club being formed West of Tarneit.
Victory and City wanted the SE of Melbourne to themselves. Victory already has sizeable memberships there (everywhere if we are truthful). City now sees it as a bit of an opening for themselves, although it’s hard to imagine the State Government building a stadium for the benefit of a privately owned club (foreign owned at that).
They were both happy for Melbourne’s third club to be formed in no man’s land.

Victorian sides' tough tasks ahead of A-League kick-off

I’m not sure the rest of the world represents the yardstick we should be following.
I would have thought Australia and New Zealand represents very, very best practice currently.
The US and most of Europe lost the capacity to trace the spread of the virus about 6 months ago, and deep in it as we speak.
We have to accept that in Australia, nothing short of complete suppression will allow the opening up of sporting events to attendances.
Personally, I’m thankful that that is the approach we take as a country.

The A-League better hope it has a Plan B