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2 minutes ago, Demonstone said:

I would prefer that the AFL give the fans what they want and keep it as a daytime event but understand that money and the wishes of TV stations rule supreme.

They've never done that before, so why start now?

Indirectly, though, this is giving the fans what they want. Fans want the best possible game on Grand Final day, whenever it's played. That only comes about if there's enough money to pay the players what they deserve. And that, as we know, fundamentally means that the game needs TV money to be as high as possible.

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3 minutes ago, hemingway said:

Another sell out to media interests. Thin end of the wedge.

I'm afraid we're mid-way into the wedge and rapidly approaching the thick end as Gil readjusts his grip on the sledgehammer. Wait til the Yanks get their hands on the broadcast rights.

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8 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

They've never done that before, so why start now?

Indirectly, though, this is giving the fans what they want. Fans want the best possible game on Grand Final day, whenever it's played. That only comes about if there's enough money to pay the players what they deserve. And that, as we know, fundamentally means that the game needs TV money to be as high as possible.

Yep, it's about the TV money

And it's a lot of money and money talks

I'd prefer a daylight game starting at 2pm (with the red sherrin) but those days are going to be a thing of the past

Eventually the starting game time may be pushed out to 6pm or 6.30pm so as to maximise advertising revenue for the broadcasters

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2 minutes ago, Mazer Rackham said:

I'm afraid we're mid-way into the wedge and rapidly approaching the thick end as Gil readjusts his grip on the sledgehammer. Wait til the Yanks get their hands on the broadcast rights.

The AFL will have sold footy’s soul. And it will lose its supporter heartland. The game will be irrevocably changed. 

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Twilight is perfect time I reckon.  Have lunch out, a few beers then walk down to the G. Fantastic build up

Not to mention ending at 7pm to go nuts if we manage to win another!

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25 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

They've never done that before, so why start now?

Indirectly, though, this is giving the fans what they want. Fans want the best possible game on Grand Final day, whenever it's played. That only comes about if there's enough money to pay the players what they deserve. And that, as we know, fundamentally means that the game needs TV money to be as high as 

A version of this argument gets trotted out for every unpopular change to the game's traditions. It made sense when the game was semi-professional but not now that the players earn big bucks. What would be the impact on the standard of play if the players' wages increased by 2% instead of 4%? A small amount of extra profit does not automatically equal a better game. 

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5 minutes ago, Fat Tony said:

I favour a twilight/night grand final. The entertainment and fireworks will be spectacular.

The league can use the money normally reserved for washed up, has-been music acts to give us decent fireworks.

If i have to hear "Up there Cazaly" one more time.........

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Twilight over Night GF. Would have liked one at least one more traditional day GF before they pulled this lever but money does talk. 

Twilight is the best compromise we'll have I think. 

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as little as a couple of years ago i was dead set against any other time than the traditional mid afternoon.

i've now come around to acceptance of a twilight time to be just as good, maybe even better.

not sold on a full night game but

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51 minutes ago, Kozzie4PM said:

A version of this argument gets trotted out for every unpopular change to the game's traditions. It made sense when the game was semi-professional but not now that the players earn big bucks. What would be the impact on the standard of play if the players' wages increased by 2% instead of 4%? A small amount of extra profit does not automatically equal a better game. 

It's more about the total broadcast rights money ... the last broadcast deal was worth $2.518Billion

That buys you a big say in proceedings

So it's not necessarily about the extra 2% or 4%

Not that I'm siding either way, more so pointing out the reality of the situation

As it stands, 7 of the other 8 finals games are played in the evening with the other final played as a twilight fixture (in the 1st week of the finals)

Again, I'd prefer a day GF

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