AFL chief Andrew Demetriou has faced his biggest challenge yet over his steadfast refusal to schedule games on Good Friday.
At Monday's meeting of the 18 clubs, there was a united push from presidents and chief executives for the competition to overturn its traditional insistence that the religious holiday remain football-free.
Western Bulldogs chairman Peter Gordon led the charge, outlining a detailed assessment of views around the world on playing sport on the holiday long regarded by the AFL as sacrosanct.
Gordon, whose club is the most recent to bid to stage a Good Friday game, gave examples ranging from the American Bible Belt, which approves NFL games, to deeply religious regions of Italy where soccer is played.
Although Demetriou has recently again declared Good Friday off the agenda, his steadfast opposition to the concept is not shared by AFL chairman Mike Fitzpatrick.
The Gold Coast, which recently put forward a Good Friday submission pointing out the high tourist numbers over the Easter weekend in southern Queensland, where NRL remains a regular fixture, supported Gordon, as did long-time religious traditionalists such as Geelong chairman Colin Carter and Collingwood president Eddie McGuire.
No club opposed Good Friday. The Kangaroos have fought for more than a decade to take on a Good Friday fixture aligned with the Royal Children's Hospital Appeal in Victoria, and Carlton and Hawthorn more recently launched - among other clubs - a united bid to play on the Easter holiday.
The game's governors also unveiled a long-term plan at Monday's commission meeting to annually plough in between $20 million and $30 million to help bridge the gap between the rich and poor clubs.
With details of the long-term equalisation plan to unfold over the next 12 months, the AFL revealed to the clubs it would inject an extra $6.5 million next season to be spread among the financially struggling clubs as a short-term bid to start closing the gap.
Outgoing Sydney chairman Richard Colless, who placed equalisation on the table one year ago as an urgent agenda item, addressed the commission for the last time and urged the AFL to show more muscle over inter-club fighting.
Colless also registered his disappointment over rival clubs' public response to the Swans' controversial recruitment of Kurt Tippett.
Melbourne boss Peter Jackson was philosophical after the club was refused a priority pick in the 2013 AFL national draft.
Jackson was told shortly before Monday's meeting that the commission had refused his bid for an extra pick either before or immediately following the first round of the draft.
''They're an independent commission and they make the decisions and we move on,'' Jackson told Fairfax Media on Monday.
The commission explained that while Melbourne had endured two horrendous seasons onfield - finishing 16th in 2012 and 17th this season - the prevailing view was that the Demons' list boasted enough talent not to require extra help via the draft.
The push, which Jackson said he was compelled to do given Melbourne's recent performances, would have been vehemently opposed by the 17 other clubs given the Demons' history in having deliberately lost games in 2009 to gain early draft picks.