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SBD Global/November 21, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Australian Football League CEO Demetriou Adamant He Will Remain In Charge Next Year

Australian Football League CEO Andrew Demetriou is "adamant he will still be in charge for next year's draft as debate rages about his tenure at the top," according to Jon Ralph of the HERALD SUN. The AFL Commission "met in Brisbane on Monday and Tuesday," with club CEOs meeting with the league on Wednesday. Key issues including equalization and "revenue sharing, football department salary caps, Brisbane's farcical 2013" and the future of Int'l Rules are all on the agenda. But while AFL Commission Chair Mike Fitzpatrick said this year "Demetriou would get a tap on the shoulder if his leadership flagged, he is adamant he will last another year." Demetriou: "God, I hope so. Everyone keeps talking about this. Is there something I don't know? I don't have to come up for election." Demetriou stopped "short of endorsing a football departing cap on spending, but there is no doubt drastic measures will be introduced to restrict financial powerhouses." Demetriou said, "We don't like seeing wipe-outs. All of us want to go to a game which is close" (HERALD SUN, 11/20).
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