Peter Gutwein states the AFL should rethink its devotion to profitable clubs amid dire fiscal conditions throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Tasmania Premier Peter Gutwein has urged the AFL to think about reconfiguring the contest by substituting one of its profitable clubs using one by the Apple Isle.
AFL working costs have been drastically scaled back since the match tackles its biggest-ever fiscal catastrophe in the surface of the coronavirus pandemic.
The AFL has taken a $600 million loan to maintain the contest afloat and chief executive Gillon McLachlan has always explained the league’s goal is to guarantee the survival of 18 present clubs.
But Gutwein on Monday stated it was time for the AFL to consider if it might manage to keep on propping up fighting clubs in dire fiscal conditions.
The AFL has spent countless setting up growth outfits Gold Coast and Greater Western Sydney, and proceeds to encourage debt-ridden clubs for example St Kilda.
“They have had clubs that they have had to support in other areas of the country for a long period of time, that they have had to pour money into,” Gutwein said.
“Now is an opportunity for the AFL to actually start with a blank sheet of paper and to determine that they should have a national competition in the future and that Tasmania should have an AFL team at some stage in the future – and for them to consider whether some of those outlying clubs that they have poured so much money into are part of the AFL’s future moving forward.”
Gutwein also confirmed he had spoken to McLachlan concerning the prospect of highlighting a quarantine hub in Tasmania since the AFL looks for a way to restart the 2020 season.
But Tasmania is to get complete information regarding which party might foot the bill also Gutwein questioned whether there could be an economic advantage to hosting a heartbeat, particularly if games were played with no audiences.
“I suspect that it may, largely, be very small,” Gutwein said.
“In fact, it may even come with a cost, so I want those things to be answered first and foremost before we engage and put forward a firm proposal.”