AFL puts clubs first in debt crisis

The AFL has made it easier for clubs to overcome their financial crises by allowing them to repay other creditors before repaying the millions they borrow from the league. In what is an important concession to the clubs that already carry major debts, such as St Kilda and the Brisbane Lions, the AFL has protected those that borrow from the league. In effect, the AFL has placed the league –

Why you might see AFL coaches on construction sites soon

In the coming weeks, it's quite conceivable that some assistant coaches who work for AFL clubs will find themselves donning overalls on a construction site, painting houses or in another industry that isn't shut down by government fiat. The coach of Richmond's VFL team, Xavier Clarke, has offered to help find unskilled labour for coaching colleagues, via a national labour hire company, Corestaff Group, which partners with Clarke's own labor

AFL players lack leadership as tough times hit

As 18 AFL senior coaches bade long, uncertain goodbyes to their players this week one coach asked the group of unemployed footballers sitting in front of him to suggest ways that they would cope with the empty weeks and potentially months that lay ahead. "Practise gratitude," said one. "Others are worse off." If only the sort of leadership demonstrated in that short comment had been demonstrated publicly by the players

AFL clubs hope to have membership options within a fortnight

AFL clubs hope to be able to give their members a range of options to consider in the next fortnight as they scramble to make suitable arrangements for supporters in an interrupted season. Club CEOs including Carlton's Cain Liddle and Richmond's Brendon Gale have been working together to create a uniform position across the 18 clubs with the clubs agreeing early in the piece that it would be not help

AFL pair apologise for organising party, breaking social distancing guidelines

North Melbourne players Nick Larkey and Cameron Zurhaar have apologised for organising a party and breaking social distancing guidelines. The two young players are housemates and were the hosts of a gathering in Kensington on Sunday night, hours after playing in the Kangaroos’ win over St Kilda at Marvel Stadium. Nick Larkey (pictured) and Cameron Zurhaar have apologised for holding a party and breaking social distancing guidelines.Credit:Getty Images Neighbours complained

AFL games could be cancelled for eight weeks, says medico

AFL games are likely to be cancelled for four to eight weeks when coronavirus forces more serious shutdowns in the community, sports medico Dr Peter Brukner said. The veteran sports doctor said it was not unreasonable for the AFL to go either way with the vexing decision about whether to commence the season this week. Dr Peter Brukner is consulting with Melbourne this season.Credit:Daniel Munoz He admitted there were strong

AFL players baulk at 20 per cent pay cuts

On the eve of a season that may or may not start this week, the AFL players have pushed back against a league request for a 20 per cent pay cut — an amount that Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett has called the "minimum" that the players should accept. The AFL indicated late on Tuesday that it still could not say for certain whether the season would kick off with Richmond

AFL fine Geelong over payment rule breaches

Geelong have been fined $40,000 for breaching the AFL Total Player Payment (TPP) lodgement rules through an "inadvertent administrative error" repeated across eight years. AFL general counsel Andrew Dillon said the Cats had "voluntarily disclosed" their breach of the AFL Player Rules "as soon as it was discovered." "We made an inadvertent administrative error in our TPP related reporting that has been repeated over eight years," Geelong's chief financial officer

Suns take biggest AFL slice

The Gold Coast Suns last year received the biggest slice of the AFL distribution, with the expansion club earning $27 million from the league. Fellow expansion club GWS are yet to declare how much they have received, but the Suns' slice of the total AFL distribution is expected to be biggest of all clubs. Gold Coast received the most funding from the AFL last year.Credit:AAP The Suns reported an overall

AFL well-placed for any coronavirus shock: McLachlan

The AFL has only "limited exposure" to the coronavirus and is well-placed to weather any economic shocks from the spread of the disease, according to AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan. McLachlan suggested that, as a domestic game played within this country, the coronavirus posed fewer business risks for the AFL than sports that were more international. AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.Credit:AAP His views follow fears that the Olympic Games in Tokyo –