Blockbuster games "could cost fans more to attend under a variable pricing concept" floated by the Australian Football League, according to Eliza Sewell of the HERALD SUN. Extra revenue generated by a hike in gate prices above the standard A$20 ($21), or possibly a tax on premium seating at high-demand games, "would flow to the league's poorest clubs." The AFL flagged the "variable ticket pricing" idea in an equalization discussion paper sent to clubs. Under a heading of "new revenue generation" it listed: "Possible examples include proceeds from variable ticket pricing." AFL Collingwood President Eddie McGuire said that "blockbusters already paid their way and fans should not have to fork out more." However, AFL Geelong CEO Brian Cook said, "Products that are in demand usually cost you more money" (HERALD SUN, 2/21).
Events and Attractions
The German Athletics Association (DLV) and the city-state of Berlin "have submitted their application to host the European Championships in '18," according to the SID. DLV General Secretary Frank Hensel "has handed over the application documents to European Athletics Association President Hansjörg Wirtz on Tuesday." Wirtz said, "We are very happy that Berlin has offered us the chance to continue the track and field tradition. We will inspect the application and then start the evaluation phase." The 2018 European Championships "will be awarded on Nov. 2 at the EAA exec committee" meeting in Zurich, Switzerland. Berlin hosted the 2009 World Championships. The last European Championships on German soil took place in Munich in '02 (SID, 2/19).
The Hero Cycles 33rd Senior and the 20th Junior Asian Cycling Championship will be held in New Delhi from March 7-17. The event "will feature the biggest ever field in its history with 28 countries being represented by 567 cyclists in track and road racing," according to THE HINDU. The Indira Gandhi Cycling Velodrome "will host the track competitions" from March 7-11 "while the road racing events will be conducted" at the Buddh Int'l F1 Racing Circuit on the remaining days. London 2012 track cycling double Silver Medalist Guo Shuang of China "is expected to be the biggest draw at the championship, which will also mark the beginning of the qualification process" for Rio 2016. In the senior category, "Japan will bring the largest contingent with 55 cyclists while India is a close second with 54 competitors, up from seven last year" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (THE HINDU, 2/20).
Several women’s Rugby Sevens competitions will take place across Australia in the coming months. Competitions kicked off in Queensland, Western Australia, New South Wales and Newcastle earlier in February, while Victoria’s will launch in early March. With an emphasis on U18 and senior age groups, the new competitions will give women the chance to be selected to compete at the National Championships, which will be held from April 12-14. NSW Rugby Community Rugby Operations Manager Mike Doyle said that he anticipates the NSW competition could reveal new talent in the women's game. Doyle: "This program will provide the player’s access to regular Sevens Rugby, along with offering a platform for NSW Sevens coaches to scout potential talent for the state squads that will compete in the National Women’s Sevens Championship (ARU).