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AFL Expanding Not Such A Good Idea

April 11th 2008 07:31
The AFL is expanding the game to have 18 teams instead of 16, while this sounds like a great thing for the game, if you delve further into it you will find that it may not be such a good idea.

The AFL is going to have 2 more teams, one at the Gold Coast and one in Western Sydney. The Gold Coast team may be beneficial. They are more than likely going to have Michael Voss as the coach, an absolute icon the game and this will create great publicity for the Gold Coast team, and will gain support straight away. They may get the best recruiting team there and have a very good chairman in the waiting. They will try hard to get the Geelong CEO and possibly the best CEO in the AFL, that being Brian Cook. The Gold Coast will get every chance to have a strong team and as there are many Melbournians up there, this will be a place worthy of spot.

West Sydney on the other hand will find it a lot tougher. If Sydney are going well their supporters come out to watch them but if they arenít performing on the field their supporters donít come out as much and attract some pretty poor crowds. There doesnít seem to be the amount of support in Sydney for 2 teams to run up there. For West Sydney to work they will have to get the most colourful of players to play for them, much the same as what Capper was when the bloods moved up there.

When Sydney started, they went through much hardship at the start and it is more than likely that the West Sydney side will be very much the same.

Tasmania is a perfect spot for an eighteenth team; they already have a ground and facilities as well as the support. If Tassie get a team they will turn up every week no doubt. Even a team in Darwin wouldnít go astray in promoting the game. They already have many players playing in the AFL and they love their footy up there.

If the AFL expands to 18 clubs that will surely dilute the talent and the standards of the game will go down as there will be less quality players playing that wouldnít normally get a game at AFL level.

West Sydney will definitely struggle to hold a team up there so the AFL should promote the game in areas that are assured of making it a success if they are going to introduce 18 teams but the talent will go downhill and the game will become in jeopardy. Thereís an old saying; If itís not broken donít fix it.

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Comment by Tyronne

April 14th 2008 00:32
I agree -- Western Sydney is going to struggle, even more than Fremantle does.

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October 17th 2009 08:10
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May 29th 2011 17:19
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