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Love Lies Lost
Authored by: Wesley Hull on Thursday, March 26 2020 @ 03:49 pm ACDT

Hi Cam. Pleased that you have the matches to watch to get you through. Grateful myself for Foxtel also as I can scratch that itch whenever I like. But you are right - the footy will bounce back. Harley is right that it will be money that will be needed to do so, but that will come.

Outside of wartime, we have never seen anything like this where our country has been brought to a grinding halt. The social implications are already being felt, but the financial will continue to grow. The comparison to wartime is valid here because the VFL was able to rebuild after the wars largely because clubs and leagues could afford to as the game was not the multi-billion enterprise it is today. Financial repair won't be as easy as in past eras. We will just need to wait and see what damage is done and how rectifiable that damage is.

But you are both right...the game will come back at all levels - it just may look different to what it was before.

Love Lies Lost
Authored by: Harley Vague on Thursday, March 26 2020 @ 05:22 pm ACDT
There is no reason for football not to bounce back. It's vibrancy will depend on the economy to some degree. The AFL players have been quick to to demand a greater slice of the pie when revenue's increased. Now that pie is gone. IMO the AFL has been a well run business and has directed some revenue into consolidation.It has a strong case to repay any loans. Other sports leagues have little in reserve and poor income structures.Other professional leagues have sports ownership and sometimes I envy those clubs lucky enough to have a benefactor to pour money into a club. In times of economic downturn private ownership can be the catalysis for disaster. I would still like to see FTA television broadcasting AFL repeats because I only have the Sydney Swans and the Fremantle Dockers premiership years on hand to watch.