Hate it, and hate competitions with no salary cap.
When teams have no chance of starting on a level playing field, it's not sport - it's business.
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Surely, without relegation, promotion would be impossible in leagues?
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I understand that relegation is a neccesary evil with unequal competition, but that's just because the system is so ****ed up that it needs to occur because it's boring seeing the exact same team at the arse end of the ladder. May as well have different names down there.
The two new AFL franchises seem to have been created specifically to "tap into new markets". As one understands there's no great AFL culture in either the Gold Coast or West Sydney, but because they're more populous than a "real" AFL state like Tasmania they get the teams. The strategy is more from a business model (nothing wrong with that) than the haphazard nature of promotions and relegations.
When Blackpool were promoted, for instance, they had a ground that held about 10,000 people and were yet another side from an area with over half a dozen Prem teams already.
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On the AFL expansion, the edict of the AFL, as in the governing body, is to grow the game as much as possible. The two biggest markets which are untapped by the AFL were the GC and Western Sydney.
Last edited by benchmark00; 25-05-2011 at 11:14 AM.
The business anaolgy is meant to be taken like this:
Say for example we have a competition between Google, Microsoft and 14 other backyard software companies... then we get really excited and surprised when Google and Microsoft return the highest profits. That's exactly what it's like with the EPL.
Man U could be relegated next season. It would be bad for the Prem as a business but ultimately the teams that play in the Prem are decided by their number of points.
Now of course, Man U won't relegated, sadly it is very unlikely I'll ever live to see such a glorious occasion. And the point that their points tally is duly influenced by their bank balance is taken.
That being said, relegation isn't there because the system is '****ed up'. Relegation has been about in English football for about a century, it existed back when titles genuinely were shared out and teams like Wolves, Burnley, Derby and Forest won them. To say relegation is there to address inequality is way off.
It also is worth mentioning that there are about as many people attending games from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th tiers combined as there is the Prem, week to week. You get rid of relegation and you rob a massive part of the country of the opportunity to see their team reach the top flight. If anyone can tell me why that would be a good thing, I'm all ears.
Hadn't seen your other posts before I replied btw benchy
While I might not like the clubs, I thoroughly enjoy watching such a high quality of football with Arsenal, Man United, etc, that wouldn't be possible with a salary cap.
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If you were a fan of Fitzroy, say, you're pretty much buggered, aren't you? There's no way the AFL will sanction another Melbourne team, so what do they do?
Another problem I have with AFL is the draft system. It actually rewards mediocrity. To use your analogy it'd be like given ArsewipeSoft the first choice of Computer Science graduates from MiT.
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