Robbo: Coronavirus has footy on brink of collapse

It is the twilight zone for the AFL.

It does not know what is ­happening tomorrow, allow alone what is taking place during the subsequent six months.

It is terrifying — for all people.

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AFL boss Gillon McLachlan was ideal — this match has survived wars and depression, loss of life and drought.

But this is distinct.

The enemy is a stealthy, creeping menace, and in Australia it is however unsure how menacing it will be.

But football is on the brink of collapse, this year at minimum.

Hundreds of millions of pounds will be shed to footy and its sister industries, and the soreness will be felt for quite a few many years.

So, we have a 17-round ­season.

It is far superior than no year at all, though there will be some exciting discussions with broadcasters Channel 7 and Fox Footy.

They pay out $four hundred-as well as million to telecast 23 rounds and finals.

Consider away six rounds and it is about $eighty million in limbo.

Perhaps a evening at Caterina’s cafe in Queen St around a crimson and a medium-scarce steak may possibly sort it out, but probable not.

Eighty million pounds is $eighty million, and the networks will will need it as much as the AFL.

Make no slip-up, revenue is up to its ears in this as much as the overall health and safety of the players and the community.

McLachlan was solid — potentially much too late by some observers — but he, much too, like most of us, is traveling in the darkish right here.

Professionals spruik from each and every corner, some of them disagreeing on what actions to just take to prevent spreading the virus, which will make it terribly irritating for us to make the required decisions.

Never shake palms, but do climb aboard buses, trams and planes. Preserve the colleges open up. Preserve the on line casino open up. Preserve bars and restaurants open up.

In Italy, none of that is ­happening.

McLachlan couldn’t promise the year would get started on Thursday evening. How can he?

It is why he can not promise a 17-round year, either.

Anything at all can come about to disrupt the finest-intentioned plans, and everything is probable.

If 1 participant has the virus, it is a 14-working day lockdown.

If a next participant will get the virus 10 times later on, that’s another 14-working day lockdown. A third? A fourth?

A 17-round year is the finest-scenario circumstance.

A year wipeout are not able to be dismissed, either, only since we do not know what is heading to come about.

Footy has been strike out of the park, which is a modern-day-working day miracle when you think about the ability and level of popularity of Australian regulations.

McLachlan introduced the point out leagues were being postponed, but did not mention state and suburban football. Certainly all those leagues do not kick off ­either.

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Now, the players will have their say.

Most settle for they will just take pay out cuts — the inquiring selling price ­reported to be 20 for each cent — but some players have advised the Herald Sunshine they are versus a pay cut.

It is also been reported players are anxious about beginning Spherical 1 this week.

Does the AFL ignore all those players, much too?

How quite a few anxious players would it just take for the AFL to pay attention?

One? 10? Fifty?

One senior government mentioned he met the club’s leadership group, who advised him they required to enjoy Spherical 1 and they would settle for a pay out cut.

He also mentioned he advised club staff members some of them would probable lose their employment, or be questioned to get the job done two or a few times a week.


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Plainly, the football market and the wider community has to pull together during this nuts time.

The AFL government is not immune to belt-tightening.

If the players are questioned for a 20 for each cent cut, does the exact implement to the AFL?

McLachlan’s government workforce, of which there are a dozen staff members, earns an typical wage of $894,000.

McLachlan’s wage was disclosed as $1.74 million two many years back. That determine would now be nicely around $2 million.

“A selection of measures are being seemed at to decrease expenditures,’’ an AFL spokesman advised the Herald Sunshine.

McLachlan confirmed he would sacrifice revenue.

It was very good leadership since how could the AFL check with for cuts at clubs if it was not well prepared to do the exact?

The twilight zone is upon us, and make no slip-up — it will get scarier.

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