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I reckon the AFL's got this very, very wrong. I suspect most people will want to do anything but sit at home and watch football on a Sunday-Wednesday night next year. If we can get out and about,

They could release the full fixture for each round showing: who players who, the Home team and the venue and leave dates and times open.  They can still control the specific time slots of each ro

I wasn't a fan, unless they can find ways to ensure that there aren't clear discrepancies in the two teams breaks (ie one team coming off 4 days and the other coming off 7 days) it's going to create more issues of unfair advantages for some teams. I could get on board with just midweek fixtures for a period but the every day footy thing just became almost too much, and would say give the entire competition one week off at the same time afterwards to avoid again unfair advantages but unfair doesn't seem to bother the AFL.

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I reckon the AFL have to be a bit careful here. If they keep stuffing around with the game and then the competition loses a team or two in the coming years, they might find discontent across the board. All of the new rule changes sound ridiculous. 

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I'm not a fan of this 4 week rolling fixture. There's nothing like the certainty of knowing you'll be playing North in Hobart in round 23 sometime between Thursday and Sunday. 

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6 minutes ago, Rab D Nesbitt said:

I'm not a fan of this 4 week rolling fixture. There's nothing like the certainty of knowing you'll be playing North in Hobart in round 23 sometime between Thursday and Sunday. 

I’m looking forward to having a forward that knows how to navigate the winds in Tasmania. 

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I hope they're not basing their thinking on what happened this year.

If they think they will get big tv ratings with another footy frenzy I hope they account for the fact they had a captive audience in Melbourne over the 2020 season.

Surely that's not like to be the case next season (I hope).

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1 minute ago, Demonland said:

I’m looking forward to having a forward that knows how to navigate the winds in Tasmania. 

And a midfield that can locate him. 

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12 minutes ago, Rab D Nesbitt said:

I'm not a fan of this 4 week rolling fixture. There's nothing like the certainty of knowing you'll be playing North in Hobart in round 23 sometime between Thursday and Sunday. 

Well they could just use us when we're putrid (and everyone knows we're putrid...) as a pawn to get their expansion team tuned up for finals in an away game in West Sydney in the final round... Oh wait.....

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In all seriousness I think the only thing I might persist with from this year would be to go 'on the road' for consecutive games. For example away games against Fremantle then Port Adelaide on the way back to Melbourne or a game away against Adelaide before our game in Alice. A couple of these a year would cut down on travel time over the season and give players some quality time together. 

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I reckon the AFL's got this very, very wrong.

I suspect most people will want to do anything but sit at home and watch football on a Sunday-Wednesday night next year. If we can get out and about, we'll want to.

The success of footy on weeknights in 2020 was wholly abnormal and I don't think will be repeated.

And the rolling fixture thing is ridiculous. Start with clubs. How are we supposed to manage training loads or plan for our season if we don't know when/where/who we'll be playing? Fans get shafted too, not being able to plan any more in advance than a month. 

A floating final month, maybe (with defined match ups and grounds already locked in, just timeslots to sort.out). Not this.

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3 minutes ago, titan_uranus said:

I reckon the AFL's got this very, very wrong.

I suspect most people will want to do anything but sit at home and watch football on a Sunday-Wednesday night next year. If we can get out and about, we'll want to.

The success of footy on weeknights in 2020 was wholly abnormal and I don't think will be repeated.

And the rolling fixture thing is ridiculous. Start with clubs. How are we supposed to manage training loads or plan for our season if we don't know when/where/who we'll be playing? Fans get shafted too, not being able to plan any more in advance than a month. 

A floating final month, maybe (with defined match ups and grounds already locked in, just timeslots to sort.out). Not this.

That's a big one for me, not being able to plan for interstate games months in advance or even just allocating games through the year that you might go to with mates. Rolling 4 week fixture only works if they expect the season to be once again disrupted by COVID, if they haven't been able to come up with better contingency plans by now they really have rocks in their heads.

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52 minutes ago, rjay said:

I hope they're not basing their thinking on what happened this year.

If they think they will get big tv ratings with another footy frenzy I hope they account for the fact they had a captive audience in Melbourne over the 2020 season.

Surely that's not like to be the case next season (I hope).

Agreed people would have watched anything during that time.

Bad move IMO

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Or the other option is to release a full fixture.   Get a quarter way through and some outbreak totally [censored] up the schedule and entire season. They are being pragmatic.  there are no magic contingency plans. if a state in Australia gets an outbreak, you know things are going to get shut down hard and then youll have 10 times more disruption (and complaining) 

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7 hours ago, Diamond_Jim said:

Well we all know how the MFC will come out of this.

Goodwin hasn't managed a winning first half of the season yet.

8-3 in 2018 never happen?

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8 hours ago, rjay said:

I hope they're not basing their thinking on what happened this year.

If they think they will get big tv ratings with another footy frenzy I hope they account for the fact they had a captive audience in Melbourne over the 2020 season.

Surely that's not like to be the case next season (I hope).

It might be look at SA few cases and the panic button is hit, NSW had a few numbers without hitting the panic button, and it never got out of control, they already isolated 4000 possible close contacts before the 6 day lockdown, it is just not needed, we can't go on with this hysteria supposed medical device, common sense please.

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Personally, I loved having games on every night of the week. I've never seen more footy than i did last season.

The pandemic has another 12-18 months to go yet (until vaccine production can be scaled up and rolled out) and as we’ve seen in Adelaide sudden lockdowns are a distinct possibility. I think it should be kept as an option but would not be a preference if it could be avoided. Creates too many advantages and imbalances.

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4 hours ago, Clintosaurus said:

This will be used to justify 18 minute quarters to keep Dangerfield happy.

I suspect 18 is the new 20. In other words, the true length of the quarter including time on will be about 30 minutes made up of 18 minutes of playing time and 12 minutes of time on. (That's way too much "time on", by the way.)

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Not revealing the full fixture is just ridiculous. Forget club planning, fans want to know and plan their time around games. 

I understand the Covid argument, but we need to go into the season with a full fixture and a contingency plan.

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They could release the full fixture for each round showing: who players who, the Home team and the venue and leave dates and times open. 

They can still control the specific time slots of each round's dates and times, to keep sponsors happy.  A week or two of 'Frenzy footy' can also be scheduled in to the overall fixture.

At least fans will have some chance of scheduling interstate travel or other special events.

I don't see the point of leaving the whole thing open ended. 

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