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Demetriou: Richmond v Carlton 'the best start'

Outgoing AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou admits that, "in a perfect world", the AFL would have the opening round start with Richmond and Carlton at the MCG.

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Outgoing AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou has lamented the current contractual situation which prevented football being played this season at the MCG until round two, and stated that the crowd at last night's Richmond-Carlton game was less than the league had been expecting.

Speaking this morning on ABC Radio, Demetriou said that the crowd figure of 62,037 that witnessed the Tigers stave off a second half fightback from the Blues to record their first win of the season was a byproduct of the match not being played as an opening round fixture.

"It's not surprising given it wasn't the opening round, and it reinforces why we're keen to start the season at the MCG first, I guess in the ideal world as we've said we would've preferred to play that as the opening game, Thursday night we would've got 80,000 or 75(000), 78(000)," Demetriou said.

Andrew Demetrious

Andrew Demetrious Photo: Penny Stephens

"It was probably down on what we thought, we probably thought we'd get closer to 70(000), it is what it is."

The MCG remains unavailable for football action until late March due to an existing contract with Cricket Victoria. With the decision made this year to start the season earlier in order to gain earlier exposure in the developing northern states football markets, the Tigers and Blues could not clash in what had become a traditional Victorian season opener on the Thursday night of round one. Attendances for the match have exceeded 70,000 for five of the previous six years, with the clash being held in each of those seasons as part of the season's first round.

"It's not our perfect start," Demetriou conceded.

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Dustin Martin high fives supporter Photo: Pat Scala

"On one hand it was good we got some coverage in New South Wales and Queensland and if you take off your Victorian-centric hat and sort of become an AFL nationalist, having a win with GWS and Gold Coast particularly with those two markets with NRL and Super 15s."

"No doubt (in the) ideal world we'd start with the MCG with a bang, get a big crowd, it's a big game, that's what we would have preferred." 

Demetriou, who earlier this month announced that 2014 would be his last in charge of the competition, did say that he was optimistic a resolution could be reached after recent speculation that the Napthine Government was considering funding a plan whereby Cricket Victoria could relocate to St Kilda's Junction Oval.

"It was pleasing to hear that it looks like the Victorian state government looks like it's going to contribute $10 million to  the Junction Oval," Demetriou said. 

"It won't happen next year because we're starting late obviously because of the Cricket World Cup, but I think down the track there's enough goodwill to get access to the ground earlier and if we could do that it'd be good." 

Demetriou also told hosts Red Symons and Gerard Whateley that he was hopeful Essendon could now continue its season without distraction after the Bombers seemed to reolve what had been a tense stand-off with suspended coach James Hird and his wife Tania.

"I'm pleased that they resolved it for Essendon and their supporters, pleased that the club can move forward I'm pleased that they have put it behind them and they can move forward," Demtriou said. 

The 11-year CEO said that Hird should now be able to return the game when his suspension ends in August.

"He's got to fulfill his obligations to the game with his suspension, and if he does that and if he does what he says he would do with Essendon of course he's welcome back."

Speaking later to Neil Mitchell on 3AW, Demetriou revealed he had not received an apology from any of Essendon, James or Tania Hird about Ms Hird's accusation that he tipped off then-Essendon Chairman David Evans about a possible ASADA investigation in February last year, nor was he anxious to receive one.

"I've been happy to move on for a long time," Demetriou said.

158 comments

  • What does he expect? Maybe next year they can experiment with Tuesday afternoon games.

    Commenter
    redeye
    Location
    fitzroy north
    Date and time
    March 28, 2014, 9:37AM
    • My season opener is when Brizroy play in Melbourne, so...err whenever that happens...

      Commenter
      Rene Robacci
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 10:57AM
    • Indeed @redeye,

      Not only did he increase ticket prices by 25%, he introduced a useless set of five game classifications (A-Reserve, A, B-Reserve, B, and C). A-Reserve games at Etihad, have five sub ticketing categories. But that's nothing compared to equivalent games at the G where patrons select tickets from one of SEVEN sub ticketing categories.

      Anyone remember when top deck was GA and you paid for a reserve seat on either Level 1 or 2? Doesn't seem that long ago. Hopefully the incoming AFL chief can cease this senseless price gouging from the hardly-cashed-up footy public.

      Commenter
      Bomberman
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 11:28AM
    • @Bomberman makes a good point. I looked for a ticket yesterday for Essendon v Hawthorn tonight at Etihad - a reserved seat (is there anything else at Etihad?) for a member of the public costs $69 inc booking fee! Yeah, right. Let's take the whole family. Not.

      Commenter
      The Commentator
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 11:49AM
    • Exactly. They have such a good product with a loyal and large base. Stop trying to fiddle with it. Sydney will never be a footy town like Melbourne. Don't take your greatest asset for granted trying to chase something else. Too expensive too late on a school night. If they don't get 80,000 to the G next Sunday 'night' there will be serious questions asked.

      Commenter
      TB
      Location
      Common sense(tric)
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 11:58AM
    • Spot on Bomberman!! The ticketing is a joke. I'm a Richmond member living overseas and I just booked tickets for 3 games for when I go to Australia next. For the Richmond collingwood game It cost me $25 to upgrade my GA members ticket to a "reserved" seat, which is half way up level 4 Olympic stand. My partners ticket cost $50. These are essentially reserved GA tickets for $50ea! The model for the AFL in the past has been cheap tickets, full stadiums but greed is taking over and crowd numbers will suffer

      Commenter
      Mick
      Location
      Kalimantan Timur
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 12:37PM
    • MARKETING RULES: Demetriou failed marketing class.

      1. It's all about the mob. Keep the AFL in the MOB's faces.
      2. The MOB need Free to Air TV for all games,
      a. Every commercial promotes the game and is paid for by the TV channel. For all the gains in Foxtels payments, the AFL loses money on marketing expenses and revenues that would have been gained through popularity.
      b. Easy access and all families and cultures exposed to the game instantly.
      c. The pre-season matches become an event that people are aware of.
      3. Keep the mob happy. Too many teams leads to a low percentage of people celebrating premierships. People need to win premierships often. Cull the struggling teams, new kids will choose teams that have a higher percentage chance of winning a premiership in their lifetime!

      Demetriou, you thought that growing balances and attendences meant that you were doing a good job, whilst leaks in your 'titanic' were popping up everywhere. Focus on the basics. Keep the mob happy!!

      Commenter
      Chris
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 12:39PM
    • Maybe a half time match with woman playing in lingerie same as the yanks football. The Greek is leaning over backward introducing more focus on AFL female content, and why not; this would be the next logical step.
      Part of the problem as I see’ at present umpires are not controlling, but running the game, they are ruining the flow of the game. Plus some of the recent introduced rules the players should be wearing lingerie. THE rules have turned the game away from football into on the ground scramble ball. Have check how many times you see five players on-top of each other? (Ridiculous stuff) Coaches are more scared of losing the game than concentrating on winning the game. (Fremantle coach an exception)
      Plus cost??? It is no longer take you family, unless you take-out a loan for a season ticket.

      Commenter
      aggi
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 12:55PM
    • Andrew Demetriou, people are sick of paying inflated prices to support your $3.6m salary.

      Commenter
      Cathy Little
      Location
      Prahran
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 1:25PM
    • Finally getting the message? A rubbish game of thuggery which is so parochial it's laughable.....no wonder no-one wants to watch it any more.....but they will watch the World Cup. NOW do you get it????

      Commenter
      Paul
      Location
      Chirnside Park
      Date and time
      March 28, 2014, 1:34PM

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