Teaching nice Denis Pagan has urged the AFL to not mess with the material of the sport within the wake of the coronavirus crisis as a number one sports activities advertising knowledgeable warned radical change may alienate the game’s passionate fan base.
It comes as Geelong star and AFLPA union president Patrick Dangerfield warned an AFL plan to cull of membership listing sizes would nearly actually shorten matches into the long run.
Pagan, a twin Kangaroos premiership coach, understands the sport must be streamlined, however referred to as upon the AFL to maintain the basics intact.
Quite a lot of main soccer identities have referred to as for radical change to the sport, whereas AFL legend Leigh Matthews advocated slicing the on-field numbers to 16-per-side.
However Pagan mentioned AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and common supervisor of soccer Steve Hocking wanted to “hold it easy”, saying the sport had survived world wars and depressions and would survive the coronavirus disaster.
“Look, these are very certified individuals (advocating radical change), however I do not suppose we do not want it,” Pagan instructed the Herald Solar.
“Depart it at 18 (on the sphere) and 4 on the interchange bench. I do not know why persons are speaking about going to 16.
“I simply hope the individuals (on the AFL) making the choices settle for that they do not personal the sport. They’re solely caretakers whereas they’re within the positions they’re in now.
“The sport will take care of itself. We do not must be altering issues for the sake of it.”
He understands the largest monetary squeeze within the recreation’s historical past will imply fewer assistant coaches and assist employees for senior coaches.
Whereas he mentioned the golf equipment can simply cope with fewer assistant coaches, he feared the sport will not look the identical if among the longstanding guidelines are tampered with.
“We will complicate it as a lot as you want, however one of many nice issues about our recreation is the simplicity of it,” he mentioned.
“You get the ball, you kick it, you mark it and also you kick the objective … it is not rocket science.”
RMIT College affiliate professor and sports activities advertising knowledgeable Dr Con Stavros believes the AFL ought to tread warily about altering the sport too radically.
“Folks like Leigh Matthews are saying ‘let’s lower it all the way down to 16 gamers’ … however now just isn’t the time (for that),” Dr Stavros mentioned.
“I’d be making it as regular as potential … (if not the followers) may go ‘That is not my sport now’.
The AFL is hell-bent on decreasing membership listing sizes from round 45 to 35, or probably as little as 30, from subsequent yr to save lots of on prices – depriving greater than 150 present gamers of a job.
“At Geelong final yr we used 39 gamers … the necessities of a (regular) season – 22 home-and-away video games, plus finals (and) the lengths of video games – requires a big listing dimension,” Dangerfield mentioned.
“However if you happen to scale back listing sizes, nicely how does that look if you’re anticipating gamers to nonetheless play 130-odd minutes with solely lists of 30?
“It is simply unbelievable. It could be close to unimaginable to do and to nonetheless present the identical degree of high quality within the play that we at present have.”
Quarters had been lowered 16-minutes plus time-on this yr to cut back participant fatigue due to the condensed 17-Spherical season, however some have referred to as for it to remain past this season.
The league additionally tried unsuccessfully to cut back the size of half-time breaks this yr, earlier than backflipping after a supporters’ backlash.
Gamers have been instructed to organize for four-day breaks between video games when footy resumes in 2020.
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