The AFL has locked down its 19th round game, confirming details of two games on Sunday.
Plus, the financial pressure on the AFL has been laid bare – but there are several reasons why a “break” of the season cannot happen.
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13:04 – AFL FINALIZES ROUND 19 FIXTURE
The AFL has officially locked the 19th round game, with details confirmed for Sunday’s two games.
Geelong and Richmond’s clash at the MCG – which was without a start time – will be played at 3:20 p.m. (every hour AEST).
The Essendon and GWS reunion will be held at Metricon Stadium, with the first rebound scheduled for 6:10 pm. He will complete a double header on the site on Sunday after the clash between Sydney and Fremantle at 12:30 p.m.
Editing boss Travis Auld thanked all parties throughout what has been a difficult process amid the deteriorating Covid situation in the country.
“We thank the four clubs, broadcast partners and venues – the MCG and Metricon Stadium – for their understanding as we finalize the details of the respective games that would be played on Sunday,” said Auld.
“As we continue to address the challenges presented, we would like to thank all state and territory governments, clubs, players, coaches, referees, staff, AFLPA, broadcast partners and all families. for their continued patience and support. “
FULL ROUND FIXTURE 19 (all weather AEST)
friday 23 july
Port Adelaide vs. Collingwood at Marvel Stadium, 7:10 p.m.
Saturday July 24
Carlton vs. North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium at 1:45 p.m.
Brisbane vs. Gold Coast at Gabba, 3:20 p.m.
West Coast v St Kilda at Optus Stadium, 4:35 PM
Melbourne vs. Western Bulldogs at MCG, 7:25 p.m.
Adelaide vs. Hawthorn at Marvel Stadium, 7:40 p.m.
Sunday July 25
Sydney v Fremantle at Metricon Stadium, 12:30 p.m.
Geelong v Richmond at MCG, 3:20 p.m.
Essendon v GWS Giants at Metricon Stadium, 6:10 p.m.
10:45 AM – FAMILY RELIEF FOR NSW TEAMS, BUT HOTEL CONTAINMENT ROOMS
Families will soon be reunited with Giants and Swans players and staff, but will first need to spend 14 days in hotel rooms.
The AFL has received approval from the Queensland government for members of the Swans and Giants family to travel to the Sunshine State.
However, they must first serve a 14-day quarantine period – and that period, according to multiple reports, will be spent inside hotel rooms.
It was initially hoped that the group of about 100 people would be allowed to move around their hotel without leaving the premises.
But the Queensland government reportedly changed its quarantine plan for families on Tuesday evening.
They will be able to leave their hotel room for meals three times a day, but must eat in designated dining rooms, according to the Sun Herald.
SEN said the league was still in talks with the state government and hoped to achieve a better outcome for family members, with terms and conditions to be agreed upon by all parties.
However, before flying to Queensland, the Swans and Giants family members must pre-isolate themselves in New South Wales for two days – a process that has already started – given the latter’s current lockdown. State.
OVERNIGHT – $ 6M REASON WHY AFL SEASON CANNOT BE ENDED
AFL 360 Co-host Gerard Whateley spoke about why it made sense for the AFL to continue the season at home and away, despite three Australian states being locked out on Tuesday night.
The AFL continued to fine-tune their runaway schedule amid Covid-imposed border closures, highlighted by the three-game reversal of round 19 and 20 and the swift movement to bring the two teams from South Australia in Victoria before the lockdown of the old state.
Foxfooty.com.au confirmed on Tuesday that the Giants and Swans – although not wishing to be seen as plaintiffs at a time when millions of people are on lockdown – would support the suspension of the season.
The financial cost of determining the league, however, has been laid bare by the Sun Herald, who reported that the COVID-19 crisis was costing the AFL $ 5-6 million per week due to crews flying across the country and staying in housing. This figure does not include crucial game day income like crowds and gate revenue.
Speaking on AFL 360Whateley said “the walls are closing” on the AFL, but added the idea of pausing for a reset “doesn’t actually buy the AFL all the time.”
“They may very well need that time where they’re checkmated for a week or two where a break will be inevitable. If they’ve taken the luxury of the week off now, the idea of ”well that saves you time” – it isn’t. This could complicate things, ”he said. AFL 360.
“If you had said to the AFL last Tuesday ‘oh by the way, by next Tuesday this, this and that will have happened’, what will next Tuesday be like?”
the Sun Herald added that the league also couldn’t afford to take the season off due to its large broadcast deal, which accounts for around 60% of the AFL’s total revenue.
As reported by foxfooty.com.au, the AFL told the 18 clubs they are reviewing industry finances given the huge additional costs in recent weeks. This will include a soft cap adjustment, which will be increased from $ 250,000 to $ 500,000 for the 2022 season.
Whateley, however, made some suggestions if a break in the season was needed.
“Could you take a break from the last two weeks of the Olympics, then hit it and play the last 36 games pretty much every day?” You don’t even have to compress (the season), you can just unfold the whole game by playing all four rounds over three and a half weeks. So it’s a creative solution, ”he said.
“There are moves that can still be made. So there are tradeoffs and the big tradeoff right now is that Adelaide and Port Adelaide have lost their home games – and Port Adelaide is in a race for the top four and it’s a much different contemplation to play at. Collingwood here at Adelaide Oval.
“And then there’s the ‘exit clause’, which is still Victoria – which is a weird thing to say because this is a locked-out state. But what exists here is the government bond and exemption to train and play… and there are facilities and venues.
“So my worst case scenario, as I read it, is that all 18 clubs go to Melbourne at some point and we’ll pick 36 games, 27 games, 18 games – whatever is left… You can still be cute with that , but you can still play week after week by week. But you would need the pre-final exemption to define “OK, where are we going to be for the final? We have to redeploy and there are teams that could having to serve quarantine periods ”.
“The notion ‘it’s too complicated, let’s just take a break” – it’s the AFL’s job to figure out the complications and move while they can – until they hit checkmate , then they will have to stop. “
Whateley also considered the possibility of not only having the grand final in Western Australia, but perhaps moving the entire series of finals west – after the teams have served quarantine periods – for an “extravaganza.” »Of September, giving the matches crowds and strong atmospheres.
“Perth can have a capacity of 60,000 people. Looks like it would take over 60,000 to justify the MCG (having the grand finale), ”Whateley said.
Melbourne champion Garry Lyon added: “It’s going to come to a point where it just becomes too difficult. And when you have an experiment that we’ve seen, especially this year, set up in Perth and it’s viable and it’s 60,000, and these are amazing times, then maybe we have to. go out. ”