AFL to blame in footy crisis: Flanagan

THE AFL is too busy pretending to be a corporation rather than listening to and supporting grassroots clubs and volunteers — and Tasmania is paying the price.

That’s the opinion of respected football journalist Martin Flanagan, who yesterday delivered a powerful and emotional speech at the Back to North Hobart Celebration Brunch in Hobart.


The brother of celebrated author Richard Flanagan, and son of North Hobart premiership player Archie Flanagan, said the return of the Demons to its traditional name demonstrated all that was good about football.

“You say Tasmania can’t afford an AFL team but you invest $21 million a year into Greater Western Sydney,” Flanagan said of the AFL.

“The truth is you choose to invest in GWS in a way that you’re not prepared to invest in Tasmania.”

He said the AFL was more interested in self-promotion than the health of the game, as witnessed by more than half of the AFL’s 12 executives earning more than the Austr…

Read the full article at: http://www.news.com.au/national/tasmania/respected-football-journalist-martin-flanagan-criticises-afl-for-losing-focus-on-grassroots/news-story/a56a4571419632e698aa415c3e7c02bd

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