Re: AFLW 2022b - R9 vs Gold Coast - Friday @ Metricon.
Reply #19 –
They can fast track the whole thing by throwing some extra money at it, or they can let it develop naturally over a period of time.Listening to the commentary and crowd noise, the shrieking, high pitched voices you hear (quite noticeable) suggests to me the crowds are small and there are are lots of females and less males. Some of that comes from the ground obviously but you can tell apart the crowd noise from it. As I said, I don't watch much let alone every game but that's what I have gleaned from it.
I tend to favour the latter approach.
Let the competition develop naturally, bring in some equalisation strategies as necessary...but don't rush the thing, and try and create a parellel competition with the men's competition in a few short years.
Salaries can gradually increase to cover initiatives that create a more equal competition.
Now in the early stages that may mean a few years of an unbalanced competition that favours certain teams but over time these will sort themselves out.
The thing is...Get the basics right. You're than building on a strong foundation rather than a knee jerk approach.
I'm just curious of the current level of interest.
I tried to find crowd numbers for the current round, (or any round) but couldn't see any.
Is there a growing level of interest, or has the expansion shenanigans turned a few people off?