Is the AFL at the crossroads ?
Free Trade ?......too many blowouts ?........teams winning by 20-30 goals too often.....has the game lost its appeal ?....crowds down ?.....
Question has to remain......have they played with the rules too much ?
For example, with the new substitute rule and rotations means that the better teams have an advantage of being able to keep their midfield fresher, which means that the gap between the very good teams and good teams will continue to grow.
No longer, with the rule change does it allow the lesser teams to "shut the game down".
Look at the recent results.....Melbourne blowout, Power, Gold Coast et al.
The constant playing with the rules has caused this.
Now, with the up-coming Free Trade, will the AFL end up like English Premier League where only really 3-4 teams can win each year ?.....the gap between the poor and rich clubs will expand ?
Is that where the AFL is going ?.....