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Christmas presents for the AFL fan

With Christmas less than a month away, what do you get the AFL fan that has everything? It may seem hard but here are a few suggestions for each team that should make it easy. A Football Operations manager Make a Collingwood fan’s dreams come true with a General Manager Football Operations. Not only is it a great present, you …

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The AFL pay dispute: some thoughts

With talks between the AFL and the AFL Players Association (AFLPA) on a new pay deal breaking down, footy could be heading towards a strike (it won’t, it’s all posturing). The current impasse comes down to two different models of how to pay the players. The AFLPA would like a ‘revenue sharing model’ where a fixed percentage of the game’s …

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Easily the Worst AFL Draft Preview Ever

I like to prepare for writing a draft preview by never seeing any of the players in a single game and then forming incredibly strong opinions about their future success. In that regard, I guess I don’t differ from most people writing these previews. PICK 1: ESSENDON — ANDREW McGRATH Clubs: Sandringham/Vic Metro Position: Half back/Midfield Size: 179cm, 75kg The Bombers will be …

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The worst ideas of AFL season 2016

Part of the fun of following the AFL is the constant stream of bad ideas and their unintended consequences. Yes, the AFL and its clubs are a terrific case study in the Dunning-Kruger effect Most fans think they could run their club or the competition better than those who currently do and looking at this list, they’re probably right. Extending …

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Cricket Australia thrilled with how BBL is going

In response to the Australian Test team’s disastrous showing in Hobart, High-Performance Manager Pat Howard said this year’s Big Bash League would be ‘bigger and more exciting than ever.” In response to the question “how do you explain five test loss in a row?” Howard said this year’s Big Bash would feature more fireworks, more BMXs and double the amount …

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AFL releases draft Good Bloke Policy

Codifying decades of unofficial practice, the AFL has released a draft ‘Good Bloke Policy’ to key stakeholders for comment. Under the policy, those officially recognised as ‘good blokes’ will receive significant reductions in tribunal penalties, amnesty for a variety of criminal acts, forgiveness for behaviour that would usually result in being shunned by society, life-long media roles and drink cards. …

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Should Jobe keep his Brownlow?

There has probably been no more divisive issue in recent times than the one regarding Jobe Watson keeping his Brownlow medal. Complicating this is the fact that if he is stripped, Trent Cotchin could be a Brownlow medalist. The AFL Commission have taken an awfully long time to make a decision on this and it’s easy to see why, as …