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  1. 13 points
  2. 9 points
    I am no fan of the AFL or any organisation for that matter. All organisations suffer from corruption, power, politics and egos that can so easily change the way things are done. Sporting organisations are probably worse because the men at the helm are well....let's say diplomatically speaking, punching above their weight. The AFL runs a hopelessly compromised competition. The stakeholders involve TV, digital and media players, the gaming industry, and any number of unholy businesses. At the same time, the AFL has to accommodate the clubs. The nature of the business model and the innate culture of the competition naturally means that the powerful clubs have most sway. At the same time, the AFL under the funding arrangements and influenced by its own rhetoric pay lip service to the other clubs. The AFL is like a coalition of the Liberal Party and the Labor Party or Capitalism and Democratic Socialism. It is a difficult business to manage and can only operate through influence, deal making and collusion. Andrew and Gill are deal makers and increasingly the deals are about money and power both at an organisational level and a personal level. I am completely cynical about professional sport yet I still yearn for the contest. To watch a great game or a champion weave his magic. A Jesse Hogan crashing a pack . It is the game that matters. Let's hope the greed and the power does not get the better of the game. The power of TV companies and gambling to unduly influence when and how the hand is played worries me. Overplay their hand and the game from the publics perspective will be irretrievably damaged. Night Grand Finals will happen . Rule changes will happen. Yet in all of this despair Jesse Hogan or Jack Viney will still have the Demon faithful on their feet. We will still celebrate our tribal loyalty and unity against the other tribes.
  3. 7 points
    Afl to my mind is in serious trouble. Sure the dollars are rolling in in record numbers. But when clubs are stuck at the bottom of the ladder for years and years When those same clubs become feeder clubs for those perennially in the top 8 When the top 8 clubs dont need the draft because they just cherry pick the best players from the lower clubs When the afl pretty much supports drug cheating and will no doubt give essendon all the support in the world despite the fact that the entire club cheated the other 17 clubs When loud music etc become essential to the "pre game experience" When its not about the footy any more but about the entertainment When fans of competing clubs cant get into grand finals because the corporate types are there Well, its in a very sick place imho.
  4. 7 points
    I was listening to Triple M this morning joking about Vickery, I hadn't seen the footage so had no idea. I thought it was funny. Now looking at that, I can't believe they made light of the situation. This is really serious. As to the state of the AFL, I struggle with many things: - Compromised draw - A broadcast rights deal that doesn't benefit fans - Self-interested position on the EFC/Doping scandle - Expansion club concessions and the ripple effect it's had on entrenching the power clubs - A flawed free agency plan that further entrenches power clubs - Incorrect and inconsistent MRP and tribunal decisions - Intrusion of betting advertising - A system that allows a #1 draft pick to up and leave after only 1 year - Bad stadium deals - A draft system that is supposed to help equalise the competition, but doesn't - A salary cap system that is easy to rort - Cringe-worthy commentary teams (not necessarily the AFL's fault though I guess, but it reduces my enjoyment of the game) - Inconsistent umpiring (make a call and stick to it, don't have it officiated different ways WITHIN THE SAME WEEKEND OR EVEN THE SAME GAME) I think I said this in another thread, I wish I could just leave the game behind but I can't. I just love the GAME. I honestly love it. But the leadership and administration of the entity known as 'The AFL' appals me.
  5. 7 points
    Absolutely agree. My immediate thought upon reading the article is that this is probably being driven by Jesse's manager who's giving his client sensible advice in the circumstances. I harbour no fear about the pull of the West. My concern is more that a club like Hawthorn will have a red hot crack at luring him. Against that, we are a club on the way up, he is mates with all of the future talent on the list, we have the financial resources and coaching acumen to keep him, and we have a narrative to success that no one other club possesses - i.e. the old, irrelevant foundation club which has been the laughing stock of the comp for decades, recruits a band of brothers who transform the club into a professional, hard edged, competitive force that dominates the competition for years to come - it's the stuff of movies. And Jesse can lead that charge. It's gotta be a far more compelling proposition than simply taking over the baton at a club which has won 6 flags in 10 years. I would've thought the odds are heavily stacked in our favour to keep him. For a very long time. Go bless us all, heh.
  6. 5 points
    I'm grateful that the club has gone back to the 9.45 am starting time. Beats having to turn up at Gosch's Paddock in the middle of the night and discovering the place is inhabited by bats and Victory fans.
  7. 5 points
    Great article by Adam Baldwin http://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/jesse-hogan-contract-why-young-key-forward-shouldnt-sign-a-new-contract-with-melbourne/news-story/3d98eee926ab09fb2cdca6f337dad062
  8. 5 points
  9. 5 points
  10. 5 points
    They were already doing pretty well though...
  11. 5 points
    The fish rots at the head. The league is an incestuous boys club. Instead of getting a real CEO from outside the AFL world with fresh views and ideas, they just pass the torch to Gil the dill.
  12. 5 points
    I was actually searching for a gif of lemmings going off a cliff, but found that one to be more appropriate. I think it's from a Spanish tv show.
  13. 5 points
    This is the first time I've seen a player with this much speculation on their next contract with a further two years to run on their current one. He only just signed an extension last year, why would he sign another when he's not even halfway through the last? Footy media are such vultures.
  14. 5 points
    I'm tempted to open up a separate thread - a Jesse Hogan panic room - where those who have misunderstood this latest development can gather and stress each other out, leaving this thread for its intended purpose, which is to celebrate the great man and marvel at his feats.
  15. 4 points
    Such as this: “Jesse has already indicated his commitment to Melbourne in late 2014 when he extended his contract by an extra two more years without playing a game...Melbourne is where he wants to be and nothing has changed. He is heavily committed to the Melbourne footy club and nothing has changed.” from Jesse's manager. Sounds fine to me!
  16. 4 points
    Just a smart move. Most players don't negotiate a new contract 2 years out. Some do, but if I was Hogan's manager and there was going to be a new CBA I'd say wait too. I doubt it's Hogan's idea, just good management, which is what he's paying for. Unlike Pirlo above, I'm very relaxed that he'll stay. He loves his teammates and they love him.
  17. 3 points
    I have a recollection of a story my father told me about Dame Nellie Melba. In her contract it stated that she would be the highest paid female singer in the world. So regardless of what went on, if another singer received a pay rise then hers automatically went up. Perhaps a similar offer to Hogan. Not the female singer bit! I think this is a wise move by his manager and I am not worried yet. If next year they say they want to wait till the end if the season then I will worry.
  18. 3 points
    The night grand final is purely media driven. The TV ratings are higher at night. That's all there is too it. The rest of it is absolute rubbish. What a surprise that Ch 7 and Foxtel (also AFL Media and SEN) generate 'public' demand for a night grand final where there is none.
  19. 3 points
    " The equation is simple. Take another step forward and Hogan, and others for that matter, want to remain at the club. Regress, and a football club, no matter which, leaves itself vulnerable." Spot on. http://www.foxsports.com.au/afl/jesse-hogan-contract-why-young-key-forward-shouldnt-sign-a-new-contract-with-melbourne/news-story/3d98eee926ab09fb2cdca6f337dad062
  20. 3 points
    - Play reserves games before the main game. - The bottom 4 teams get the first 8 draft picks. i.e bottom team gets picks 1 & 5. Second last has picks 2 & 6 - The top 4 clubs cannot enter into free agency. - Free Agency compensation continues. - Collingwood plays one game at Geelong every year and has at least two scheduled 4-40 games on a Sunday. - MFC plays all it's day games at either 1-10 or 2-10.
  21. 3 points
    Hogan still has two years to run though, there's absolutely no need for this to even be a story let alone them 'put pressure on.'
  22. 3 points
    I am very aware of Coates and Fahey's positions on sporting bodies and their respective position on drugs in sport. And I was not talking about Olympic sports or standing up to drug cheats, or the IAAF. You completely missed my point which was about not taking the AFL to task over its handling of EFC and players and how the incestuous relationships among key players are compromising.
  23. 3 points
    Will be nice to see him tackle Wines or ToumpAs into the ground this weekend
  24. 3 points
    Melbourne Demons training report as commented upon by a devoted fan ahead of looming AFL season Well done again tasmanlvr!!!
  25. 2 points
    Barn, I normally read what you say with interest, but I must disagree with this statement. Going into a contest, even a pre season contest, with a weak, self preservation attitude, will end in tears. If you hit a contest softly, you will get smashed. Port has played a game already, meaning their players have had a chance to get acclimatised against real opposition. If our blokes go in trying to protect themselves, we will likely end up getting a hiding on the scoreboard, and gaining a few injuries also. By all means, don't expose underdone players, but the team taking the field must have an attitude of wanting to win the contest, regardless of its standing.
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