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AFL ‘monsters’

SIR,- The AFL has shifted its focus from local football and has created two monsters. Worse still, it is now dictated to by television.
The cause of the problem is that the AFL has become overloaded with far too many bureaucrats. These bureaucrats have to come up with a myriad of ideas to justify their positions.
The plethora of ideas has overshadowed the basic needs of football. The bureaucrats also travel the planet under the guise of developing Australian Rules football internationally.
Another monster the AFL has created is the home and away draw.
A team might miss out on the finals because of a tough draw. Conversely, a team might secure a double chance and home finals because of an easy draw.
The draw not only affects finals, but can also affect Brownlow Medal votes. Good players in a team with a bad draw are disadvantaged.
The way to make the draw the same for each team would be to include three more teams – making a total of 21 teams. The extra teams could be Tasmania, Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory.
Each of these teams could be supported by the AFL. The Northern Territory team could be funded by having fewer bureaucrats and AFL funding that is currently going to Africa.
The ACT team could be funded by AFL funding that is going to the Pacific region. The Tasmanian team could be funded by the AFL money currently going to Europe.
The time for the AFL to reinvigorate its obligations is now.
Parents supply the AFL with the product. The fans support the product.
The players need an equal opportunity for finals and the Brownlow Medal.
Jim McInerney,

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Posted on Jul 26 2012

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