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SBD Global/August 8, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Australian Football League's Top Clubs Win Spending Concessions
Published August 8, 2014
A FALL CLASSIC: The AAP reported McLachlan said that "he hopes players understand why clubs will have only one bye in 2015." And there "will be no breakthrough on scheduling a game on Good Friday" -- not next year at least. Cricket’s World Cup final will be staged at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 29. The AFL announced on Wednesday its '15 season "would not start until April 2, the day before Good Friday." The grand final "has been moved back to October 3 from its traditional last Saturday in September" (AAP, 8/7). In Melbourne, Cherny reported next year "has been dubbed the AFL’s 'year of the fan.'" It appears that "mantra will be observed even in spite of the best interests of players." The league "has reiterated that its 2015 fixture and contentious Etihad Stadium roof policy will prioritise the preferences of supporters." Part of the emphasis on supporter needs "has been the shelving of a second rest during the season, an initiative that players successfully lobbied for in the 2014 season." The Etihad Stadium roof debate "was reignited last weekend." McLachlan said, "We will do whatever the fans want with the roof. At the start of the year, we surveyed our fans on this specific issue; I think it was nearly 60 percent that said they would like the roof open when it was a nice day, so that is what we have been doing" (THE AGE, 8/7).