Written By: Peter Ryan and Callum Twomey 4/8/15
AMID the Adam Goodes booing controversy, AFL club chief executives will be addressed by political commentator Waleed Aly on the issue of diversity at their conference this week.
Aly’s presentation is part of a jam-packed agenda for club bosses, and comes as the game debates the saga involving the Sydney Swans champion.
The Project host has risen to prominence in recent years, appearing on many radio and television programs as well as writing for national newspapers.
He voiced his support for Goodes in the week before the two-time Brownlow medallist chose to sit out the Swans’ game against Adelaide to deal with the fallout from the unrelenting crowd reaction.
The focus on diversity during the CEOs’ briefing comes as the AFL celebrates Multicultural Round this weekend.
Football matters are also expected to be discussed as part of the conference, as the AFL searches for a solution to rid the game of congestion and improve the spectacle.
The ability to trade future draft picks is also expected to be a talking point, with the AFL set to introduce the significant measure to this year’s exchange period.
There is likely to be a limit placed on how far into the future clubs are able to trade picks, and a restriction on how many picks can be traded for at any one draft.
Clubs are also waiting on confirmation on the process surrounding the new academy and father-son bidding system, after the working party had spent time ironing out kinks in the complex points-based formula.
Clubs are yet to be informed if they will need to start the draft with a minimum points level each year, and whether bidding will be a live element of this year’s draft.
The AFL’s competitive balance policy will also be hotly debated among the CEOs, with several clubs unhappy their contribution for 2015 has been based on previous year’s revenues.
Geelong, for example, is slated to contribute $300,000 despite projecting a financial loss of more than $500,000 in 2015.
Carlton met the AFL Commission last week seeking clarity as to how their contribution had been determined.
The policy will be reviewed during 2016 before the AFL Commission establishes a financial strategy for 2017-2021.
Several clubs are understood to be keen to have an input into the review of the policy that will take place during 2016, with CEOs wanting more of a say than they had during the development of the policy in 2014.
At that time the AFL developed an equalisation working party that included representatives from Collingwood, Hawthorn, West Coast, Richmond, the Western Bulldogs and Port Adelaide.
Source: Melbourne FC http://www.melbournefc.com.au/news/2015-08-04/tv-star-to-talk-diversity-to-club-ceos