AFL Players’ CEO Paul Marsh has told 1116 SEN’s Morning Glory program that the equalisation model being suggested by the Players’ Association is “a tried and tested method” that has worked well in sport overseas.
“Equalisation has been on the agenda for some time. The bigger clubs, we believe, are structurally advantaged in this competition,” Marsh said.
“This is a tried and tested method of sharing the competition’s wealth more equally than it currently does” – Paul Marsh
“They get more favourable fixturing, which allows them to generate more money through attendances, membership numbers, sponsors, more people are watching them on TV. That generates more money for the competition and we just think that needs to be shared better between all clubs, so that all clubs have the ability to be stronger.
“Drawing on the experience of sport overseas, this is not a new concept that we’re throwing up. This is a tried and tested method of sharing the competition’s wealth more equally than it currently does.
“We think that will lead to a better and stronger competition.
“From a player perspective, one of our concerns at the moment is a player being drafted into this competition doesn’t necessarily have an equal chance at a successful career as a player drafted to a big club.”
Marsh’s conversation with Morning Glory can be heard in full, below.