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  1. Latest from the ABC: https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-19/australian-football-leagues-make-switch-to-winter-finish/12375502 I have to admit my care factor is approaching zero. No doubt many others are the same.
  2. I will never buy the argument that Fox destroyed the game. They spent enough on the broadcast rights, and stood to earn quite a bit from a successful competition, that the argument just never made sense. There was mismanagement from the FFA (although I think the game would be even worse off if not for Lowy Snr’s initial intervention) and some of the clubs and I’ll admit the Fox broadcast schedule hasn’t helped from time to time, but on balance Fox Sports have been a positive force. Whether that remains the case going forward is the question.
  3. It’s da pandemic, I tellz ya! It’s all part of the plan to bring down football in Australia. Got to love the conspiracy nuts. That other sports will act to protect their interests is a given, but to believe there’s a grand plan to destroy local interest in the global game is a bit daft.
  4. The football vs soccer debate looks like it could fit with this thread... Anyway, simply replace the US and Canada with Australia and New Zealand and the article would still ring true (references to the 94 World Cup aside) - https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jun/02/the-soccer-v-football-debate-still-lingers-on-in-mls
  5. My membership fee was a sunk cost the moment I complained about the bloody auto-renewal and had them process my fee manually. The early season performances were just putting the nail in that coffin, over and over again. I admit I’m fortunate enough to be able to waste money on this club when my interest has dwindled over the years, but I don’t know if I can keep it up going forward, just for the sake of finding out what dodgy trinket foundation members will get for ten years of membership.
  6. The Fox Football podcast is a mixed bag at the moment. For a time it seemed to hurtling down the drain with that ignorant, football shock jock Slater shouting rubbish from the rooftops (I was once happy when I got his autograph on my old Northern Spirit jersey, but that’s before I heard him speak...), but then they came in with a couple of good interviews with Maclaren (good insight into the motivations of a player who, I think, thinks quite highly of the A-League) and Kerr (a break from the bloke club, and a good insight into life as a player in isolation), only to then give Slater another moment on the airwaves. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I miss Bozza, and he can definitely grate if you listen to him for too long.
  7. I’d be happy if they just paid the staff and players. Baby steps, people.
  8. The current crisis has shown just how fine the margins truly are in even what we thought were lucrative sports, yet people still think the A-League would survive without Fox Sports’ money? Come on, let’s get real. The game will survive in some form or another, but I seriously doubt the league will.
  9. They bought the club as a longer term investment, not a personal vanity project. That said, I have significant issues with wealthy owners passing the buck (quite literally) when it comes to supporting and protecting their staff during the pandemic. The owners bought a football club, which in few countries gives the owner/s a licence to print money. The owners are clearly playing the long game here, but that game requires a lot of goodwill from fans (current and future) in order for the investment to be a success. People are going to remember how the Wanderers treated its players and supporting staff during the pandemic and economic crisis, and the odds of some people* giving more money to the club down the line when the owners themselves couldn’t be bothered to do so now is a real risk. *I suspect many will forget in time, but I certainly won’t.
  10. I’m torn - I enjoyed watching the Matildas play at Leichhardt and I don’t mind Marconi (it has been years since I was there, though), but I really like the fact the Wanderers play in Parramatta, with its accessibility and local amenities being a big part of the appeal. If the club were to shift to a single tin pot little stadium I’d adjust, I think, but it would have to the right stadium.
  11. I just cancelled Kayo (2 days before I was charged for another month! Just in time). Might renew when the sporting world starts to live again. Then again I might not renew. I’m leaning towards the not at this stage. On the A-League, I’m already over it. I’ll come back for the W-League (Canberra’s team is supported by the local federation, so it will survive in some form or another), but when freedom of movement returns I’m unlikely to travel north for a Wanderers A-League game as often as I used to, especially if it’s a NPL grade team that starts playing out of tin pot little stadiums across greater western Sydney. For my own sake I hope Canberra gets an A-League team out of the ashes of this mess, which might be possible in a new world where they act to constrain costs as much as possible!
  12. I wonder if I’ll be back... To the forum, yes, because I have it bookmarked, but as a ticketed member of the club/A-League team? I have a foundation membership, but my commitment to the club, or more accurately my commitment to discovering what cheap trinket we will get for 10 years of membership, was already on shaky ground long before the pandemic. I honestly don’t think it will survive an extended offseason.
  13. Done! One of the things I can try now that I suspect I’ll have a little more spare time up my sleeves.
  14. And the last game of the round is tomorrow, not today, between Newcastle and Heart. It’s safe to say that game won’t go ahead.
  15. AFL competition will be suspended (finally). Hopefully the A-League follows (and the NRL, I guess). I also hope the Phoenix players with families over in Wellington can find a way home.
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