Caroline Wilson and Eddie McGuire have been toe-toe-toe about the possibility of another day’s grand finale as opposed to a twilight grand finale, as the AFL discusses earlier this year for its showpiece event.
The league is currently in broadcast talks and attendance is low this season, with the commission still unable to decide when this year’s grand final will begin.
Two consecutive years after the grand finale began in the next slot, a 6:30 pm AEST start time in 2020 and a 7:15 pm AEST start time in 2021, this season is likely to return to the traditional 2:30 pm AEST start time at MCG.
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Talking about Nine Footy is categorizedVeteran football writer Caroline Wilson, who has long been a supporter of maintaining certain AFL traditions, has suggested that a traditional time slot would be possible despite the AFL broadcast being in the discussion.
McGuire, however, a former Collingwood president and longtime advocate of a Twilight Grand Final, disagreed when the heated debate began.
Here’s how the whole exchange with a colleague happened Footy is categorized Panelists Ross Leon and Matthew Lloyd are also chiming in:
Caroline Wilson: “I think it would be nice to see a grand final in the afternoon, since the grand finale has not been in ‘G’ since 2019, and I argue with the fact that the media rights are going to be worth it. The game is over. “
Eddie McGuire: “Caro, I can’t oppose you too much. AFLW, AFLM, COVID deficit, potential class action, Tasmania, half the club is still bankrupt and you want to take half the rating? They’ll drop $ 2 million if it plays Saturday afternoon “
Ross Leon: “What’s a metric? How many million dollars?”
CW: “It’s not all money, Ross.”
CW: “No, that’s the focus of the game. How much tradition do you push away?”
RL: “Do you want gender equality in the suburbs? You can roll your eyes Caroline but have to give to someone.”
CW: “It’s a game, a game that won’t live or die in the afternoon or twilight grand finale. Ed threw 2019, it was Richmond-GWS, which no one really supports.”
RL: “Do you know the metric?”
CW: “Well no, but the broadcasters tell me that the meaning is not significantly different. Yes, of course the ratings are higher.”
EM: “These are the broadcasters who said they would not keep any more money and who cut everyone’s hair after the arrival of Kovid. Suddenly some foreign fair denim money is coming, and 68 dollars (cents) with the dollar before today. For foreigners it is getting cheaper for the second time. “People have gotten over this Cinderella thing of ours. We live in the real world of AFL. If women want to make more money – and so they should – give it to someone who has it.”
CW: “It’s a game, Ed. It’s not going to change everything.”
EM: “When Mr. Amazon, Mr. Paramount came to the table and said, ‘What’s the top show?’
CW: “They see the whole-“
EM: “Let me finish. Sorry Caro, I didn’t know, I just negotiated and ran a footy club for 23 years. I’ll tell you what’s going on: we have to get the money. You get two to two and a half million people that we spent $ 100 million to see and try to see people, if we try to go to Queensland why would we put it on at night? To make the game? Australia’s No. 1 and No. 3 market Make it as difficult as possible? For some reason it’s called ‘prime time’. “
“I don’t think you’ll get 1000 more kids in Greater Western Sydney.
EM: “Caro, wait a second. Caro, please stop. They’re playing ring tin tin on Saturday afternoon. It’s not for their game, it’s to see and see their ads, and if you’re willing to drop $ 50 million at the table and give us three states. Leave behind the game of Origin and an NRL Grand Final where we are fighting for our lives … because the ratings are off and people are not coming back to the games, you ‘I think the AFL Commission is totally shredded in their responsibilities if they don’t watch it well and I don’t want to hear ‘Oh, we’re bouncing.’ Three weeks ago they wanted to bounce, now they’ve banned it for women. ”
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Matthew Lloyd: “It’s a great argument … because there are a lot of people who would agree with the tradition, so I understand the argument. From the point of view of emotion and money and looking at the aspect of tradition, but before it goes it is only a matter of time.”
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EM: “Dude, I like tradition, but we don’t play six games on Saturday anymore. Can I just say that? We have 1350 faces just to feed the game, forget the grassroots, forget all the other things we have to do. Money. Where does it come from? Because of tradition, Carro did not want to set up a Northern Stand at MCG.
CW: “That’s not true!”
EM: “Hey, don’t tell me to go and find your column because I’ve marked it here continuously (point in the head).”
CW: “It’s an utter lie, Ed! Stop it.”
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