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Vic AFL clubs consider interstate games

By Sam Lienert 23/03/2009 07:53:11 PM Comments (0)

Victorian AFL clubs have proposed each moving one home game interstate as they step up their campaign for better deals at the MCG and Etihad Stadium.

Western Bulldogs president David Smorgon said that idea was raised as the chiefs of all AFL clubs met on Monday to discuss ways to raise the stakes in their negotiations with the two Victorian stadiums.

Smorgon said the Victorian clubs fared the worst in the competition out of gate receipts, making 30 per cent of what fans paid for tickets compared to 75 per cent for the West Australian clubs.

He said at a meeting with MCG management and the Victorian government on Friday, the parties were nowhere near reaching a satisfactory agreement.

It had caused the clubs to weigh up more drastic options.

"Today we discussed the prospect of maybe all Victorian clubs saying we'll play one game interstate," Smorgon told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

"We'll take that on board as a means to show how serious we are.

"We might decide to write to all of our members, we've got 360,000 members in Victoria, we might decide to write to them to see what they want to do.

"We've got two new clubs that will be in the competition in a couple of years' time, clearly there's opportunities there for extra games and also (for Victorian clubs to play more home games) up at Carrara.

"You wouldn't want to do that as your first priority, but it's not right to say that the AFL and the clubs don't have options in this regard."

Asked about the seemingly unthinkable prospect of Victorian powerhouses Collingwood and Carlton playing each other at Carrara or the SCG, Smorgon replied: "Could be."

He said it was up to the Victorian government to use its influence to persuade the stadiums, with whom the AFL is locked into long-term contracts, to give some ground.

He said the financially weaker Victorian clubs had been put in that position largely because of their stadium deals.

"The government are the only ones with the influence and the authority to influence the MCG Trust to look at their deal and come up with something that's fair and reasonable," he said.

"We're not looking for every single cent in the dollar here, we want to be fair and reasonable.

"We don't believe that the proposal that was put to us was fair and reasonable so we want them to go and reconsider."

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