AFL Players have today responded to the AFL’s most recent offer with a compromise that is within the financial parameters of the AFL’s proposal but which significantly strengthens their confidence that they will share in the success of the game.
As part of the players’ response they have made significant concessions, moving away from a percentage revenue sharing model and reducing the quantum of their claim so that it sits within the AFL’s proposal.
AFL Players’ Association CEO Matt Finnis said that at the direction of players, the concessions offered were contingent on the AFL agreeing to a 3-year deal.
“In the interests of providing certainty for clubs and the game, the players have moved a long way to accommodate the concerns of the AFL,” Finnis said.
“The players are not asking for more money. They are simply seeking to negotiate an agreement within the scope of what has been offered.”
Finnis said the shorter the deal, the less the need for a percentage model.
“It’s very difficult to predict the state of the AFL landscape in 2016,” he said.
He said three year agreements are standard across all sectors of the economy, with five year deals virtually unheard-of.
“The need for a shorter agreement is even greater in an industry where players have very short careers compared to other workers,” Finnis said.
The Players’ response to the AFL’s offer was discussed at a meeting with AFL representatives this morning. Those discussions were held in good faith, and it was agreed a formal written response would be handed to the AFL by 5pm today.
Finnis said players would continue to work through the issues with the AFL over the course of September.