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  1. Considering the viewing numbers on Fox i.e. most games had <50k (obviously we are not privy to Kayo/Telstra app numbers, you'd hope FFA and the clubs know) we don't really have much bargaining power. Couple that with broadcasting costs being covered by either the league or Optus (neither of which have paid for broadcasting previously) and we'll be lucky to get half the current deal ($60M) IMO. Optus are showing J-league for free because no one wanted the rights. They pay for drawcards like EPL, UCL, World Cup etc. but don't fork out big for content that won't bring in big numbers. I want Optus to pick up the rights, but it's going to be dramatically different to the current rights. I also think FFA would want it to go to Optus as football fans are already subscribers. DAZN doesn't have much content available in Australia at the moment.
  2. They've already been accused (or proven?) to be fudging numbers from the first instance, so no, I don't believe it.
  3. The majority of games WSW play would be better at a small ground, but it's far from easy to get to many of these grounds without a car, it would put many members at a disadvantage (and obviously a large chunk live closer to these venues than Parra, but poor transport links). The club would have to start ferrying people from stations or put on buses from various collection points around western Sydney (both feasible options). The clubs could also feasibly pay for upgrades to grounds with a share of gate sales, it's all possible, just takes a lot of ingenuity and a willingness to "downgrade" the size of venues for improved spectacle. But money would need to be invested into all of these options. Also, if the comp gets opened up to P/R like some want, most of these grounds would be used by NPL teams.
  4. What's the capacity of Lambert Park? Edit: Austadiums says 7k. If WSW played away from Bankwest, lets use for arguments sake Marconi or Sydney United. Both are probably a max of 10-12k (not to mention synthetic pitches at many grounds). I tend to agree, but we'll also have to either limit member numbers (which would probably happen anyway if the "quality" of the league drops) or turn members away if they wanted to attend. I also understand that not all members attend all games. The "core" is at least 7-8k, maybe more (depending on form). Then you've got the issues with infrastructure at and surrounding these grounds i.e. having to drive and park and clog up suburban streets, not enough food and drink venues before/after etc. I'm not against it, but there are big logistical challenges involved.
  5. It's a no brainer that A-league (in whatever form) will end up on Optus. The big stickler is who pays for broadcasting the content (Optus don't broadcast any live sport themselves, they pay for broadcast from overseas suppliers) and how much the actual deal would be worth (most likely a fraction of the Fox deal).
  6. Ground availability would be a major issue for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle teams at least. Glory, Mariners, Adelaide would be fine. Not sure on the Nux. And this also depends on the new deal and whether clubs can even afford to operate at expensive state owned stadiums.
  7. Eddie's getting a bit testy (I'm sure most league, AFL and A-league clubs are all feeling a bit the same). McGuire is still a dickhead.
  8. The thing that annoys me about the pollies is they cancelled Parliament. Yes, for social distancing reasons, but at a time like this with so much taxpayer money being thrown at the problem (which I, in principle, agree with) there needs to be scrutiny over how and where the Gov is spending the money (and making sure that people who need it don't miss out). Arguably there needs to be more scrutiny and debate right now, not less. Staying connected during this time is incredibly important. Making sure we have regular check ins with those close to us is essential to maintain connections and good mental health. It is also possible to physically go and check on friends and family for mental health reasons even during lockdown. Will your mate talk to you (if he won't talk to a professional)? Just being able to vent to someone can help a lot. If it is very serious he should talk to a professional though. As far as activities, Wendy has some good suggestions. I know I am focused on doing things I've put on hold (for me it is something simple like reading the pile of books I've left dormant for ages) and maintaining connections with friends, via text, video calls and phone calls (I'm also still working as normal, which is good for keeping me busy). I'm a very social person so need connection with people, and am also trying to reach out to those who may not be as social/more isolated/going through tough times. Lots of people will be struggling over the next few months.
  9. Well the biggest (and in form) clubs in the world right now are in Belarus, might suit him well.
  10. It takes time to develop a routine. I rarely work outside regular 9-5 hours at home (unless I'm really busy), and make sure I take a lunch break and other little breaks throughout the day (which may include chatting to work colleagues etc.). I can also work at any time of the day if I have other things on, domestic duties or commitments at home (or appointments/errands) etc. Having some sort of structure is key, and when I've got plenty to do I find the day goes pretty quick (but I still have days where I don't get much done - but that's no different to when I worked in an office, tbh). You need to remember it is a working style that as a teacher you've never really done before (unless you do marking and prep at home) and it'll take a bit to adapt to. But as I said previously, it doesn't work for everyone.
  11. Too soon, surely? As much as I hope and expect them to pick it up, surely a lot more negotiating involved than that?
  12. I've heard of people going for a walk around the block before starting work to have distinct separation between home and work. Might be a bit extreme, but it probably works for some. I've been doing it long enough that I can switch into gear when I have to.
  13. I've worked from home the last 6 years. I can understand the social isolation when you are used to being surrounded by hundreds of people a day. I make a point of talking to my colleagues regularly (both work and non work related) to maintain a connection. Another thing I do is have separate spaces for my work and living. For me, I set myself up for work in the dining room, and don't spend much time in that space outside of work hours (easier with a laptop rather than a desktop). My partner sets herself up in our office and she does the same. I find it easier to have a dedicated working space that I can leave at the end of the day and not return to/think about. I do find it difficult at times switching off when I work from home (can respond to emails at all times of the day and night) but I make a point of trying to avoid that outside of business hours (where practical), and definitely don't look at my work phone or open my emails after Friday afternoon until Monday morning. For me the benefits outweigh any negatives, but you have to take the time to maintain relationships whilst locked at home. I have worked with people who couldn't handle it because they need the social interaction. Which is why I make a point of maintaining connections with people.
  14. I read he was coaching an academy team for City in Melbourne.
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