Sport

Buddy system fails

WHAT ticked me off in sport this week is the AFL's cost-of-living allowance, specifically for the Sydney Swans.

Helping players afford to live in such a high-priced environment is a noble gesture, certainly one not witnessed in other sporting codes, but to allocate an extra 10% of a specific player's salary is absurd. It simply doesn't make sense.

With news of Lance Franklin's impending move to the Swans revealed this week, the fuse was re-lit whether the allowance should continue.

To be honest, the principle of the allowance is not a terrible idea, however the way the AFL implements it is obscure.

The problem is the allowance overcompensates players on bigger salaries, while at the same time fails to subsidise the lower-paid players who need it the most.

An example would be Lance Franklin's nine-year $10 million deal, which will see him receive an additional $100,000 a year to help ease the pain of an increased cost in living.

The problem with this is that the new rookies of the club will be compensated only $5000, a smidge of Franklin's $100,000.

In my eyes, and certainly many others, it simply doesn't add up that the AFL gives a substantial amount more to the higher paid players than the lower.

You would think Franklin's million dollar-a-year contract would cover costs of living in Sydney but apparently not.

Surely it is a rookie who would be in far more need of help in adjusting to the financial costs of Sydney than the star player.

Hopefully the AFL realises this massive problem and either scrap it all together or adjust the allowance so the money is allocated evenly between players.

 

Good week

Former James Nash student Peter Tarlinton continues to fundraise for children after a 200km charity ride was cancelled. Tarlinton and friend Rodrigo Zorillo will complete their own ride to raise funds for charity.

Bad week

Gympie's under-15 cricket side was defeated by visitors Howick Pakuranga in a one-sided game.

Although it was the New Zealand team's first time not playing on synthetic turf, they had a very cautious innings and managed to pick up 208 runs while Gympie fell short, all out for 132.

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Topics:  afl, sydney swans




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