Do you reckon the AFL have considered some sort of General Average mechanism where all the clubs share the loss of a crowd cancellation, or would they just not give a stuff until it hits a Melbourne team?
There is already a mechanism for the AFL to distribute league revenue, which differs from club-to-club, and seems to take into consideration factors like which teams play blockbusters, various stadium deals etc. Would it just be the case that the AFL would consider it as part of that calculation?
Yes, they do. And that is not relevant because they still earned that money by playing a game that could be televised and allowing the round to be completed. What they lost was money from tickets, food, advertising and corporate value.
I think it would be a good idea to have in place a system where, if this happens, losses are spread evenly across all teams.
What I’m getting at Shane is that out of that allocation pool they cover that loss first, then allocate the rest. So, if Freo normally gets
1/18th from that fund (it doesn’t, but go with me), and Freo lose $500k for the Len Hall game being played without fans, then they get $500k before the distribution, then the rest gets divided up as per usual.