AFL Should the Pre season cup be canned?
Should the AFL pre-season cup be canned?, to extend the normal home and away rounds to an even two complete rounds to 30 weeks, or should the regular season be shortend to 15 week, to have only one round?
1) We need to play at least practice matches at the start of the season to help the clubs trial new recruits and experiment with players etc., so you might as well make the games organised and for a prize (a decent one, with plenty of prize money).
2) A longer season has some merit cos all the clubs currently don't play each other home and away. But any practice games or even intra-club games on top of this makes the season far too long for a contact sport like AFL.
It's beyond me as to why it is not possible to offer heaps more prize money for the pre season cup. The AFL signs a deal for $700+ million for the TV rights off the back of the $400+ million current channel 9 deal, and they can't come up with $20 million for a decent cup that the clubs would take seriously?
Even Kevin Sheedy would pick decent players to try and win that kind of dough! :)
A 30 round competition would be better as it would be fair for each team to play home and away matches. Otherwise, it can influence the result if one team gets to play weaker teams twice while its rival for a finals place has to play stronger opponents.
From the public's point of view, I dont think many people are interested, except maybe the real fanatics in Melbourne who live accross the road from their home ground.
Possibly extend the regular season and hit the ground running??
When you're on a good thing stick to it. Change the rules? Why? Australia is the most multicultural country on earth. Different backgrounds with a passion for the same game. Change the rules to make it appealing to those who don't understand it. Selling out the locals I say! Go the grass-roots.
Here's a thought.
Bring back the rules Ted 'Mr Football' Whitten played by.
Go Dons! Cheers, L
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