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10 minutes ago, Diamond_Jim said:

for this year only

We will see games again this year. The financials demand it.

Simply cannot see the AFL not playing any more games.

 

Bennell and vandenBerg will be very thankful to have another 10 weeks to heal before a stack of games are played. Most of the list will get a chance if we are playing a game every 5 days,

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1 minute ago, faultydet said:

We will see games again this year. The financials demand it.

Simply cannot see the AFL not playing any more games.

 

Bennell and vandenBerg will be very thankful to have another 10 weeks to heal before a stack of games are played. Most of the list will get a chance if we are playing a game every 5 days,

except that Bennell will also need five or six practice games before he is selected (unless we are repeating 2019) so I can't see him getting a clear run. You could be right though.

As I see it the season cannot start before June 1 and it is hard to see more than a 12 game season plus four weeks of finals.

MCC will be pressured to make the ground available for the T20 world cup (starting 18 October) even though it would make more money out of a delayed finals series etc.  I assume all the other big interstate grounds are contracted to provide space for the T 20 so there is a mega full stop to the season come October. You could probably get a few more games in by playing all finals at Docklands and having 5 day turnarounds etc.

The TV companies may not like the idea of too much football. After all they have to sell more advertising and the likes of Foxtel make their money by monthly subs not by the game so more games does not necessarily increase their bottom line revenue.

Strange times all round

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If we lockdown properly and say get over the peak in 2-3 months, Footy without spectators could be back in July.

Of course there are more important things than sport, but it can lift the morale of so many and in times like these and those what will follow, it can help the national recovery a little.

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27 minutes ago, Redleg said:

If we lockdown properly and say get over the peak in 2-3 months, Footy without spectators could be back in July.

Of course there are more important things than sport, but it can lift the morale of so many and in times like these and those what will follow, it can help the national recovery a little.

If the peak is in 2-3 months, then we will be in the same position in 4-6 months as we are today in terms of infections, and we aren't playing any sport now. 

There won't be any football this year.

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44 minutes ago, george_on_the_outer said:

If the peak is in 2-3 months, then we will be in the same position in 4-6 months as we are today in terms of infections, and we aren't playing any sport now. 

There won't be any football this year.

Tend to agree. I fear by the end of this, footy may seem somewhat irrelevant and less important to many people

Rugby league great Andrew Johns has suggested the NRL go from 16 teams to 12 in order for the comp to survive. The AFL may be forced to do something drastic as well. The money just won't be there.

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29 minutes ago, Moonshadow said:

Tend to agree. I fear by the end of this, footy may seem somewhat irrelevant and less important to many people

Rugby league great Andrew Johns has suggested the NRL go from 16 teams to 12 in order for the comp to survive. The AFL may be forced to do something drastic as well. The money just won't be there.

They’ll probably figure that people will be so desperate for the return of live football, that when it eventually resumes, they’ll up the admission price (and clubs will do the same with membership fees), by a considerable amount.

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