The AFL has again shown publicly how their penchant for pokies and profits takes priority over their members and the great game of AFL in general.
As the Bulldogs are forced to offload 70 pokie machines due to a failed development the other clubs start circling like vultures, even the ones that apparently claimed to be against the Pokies and the harm they cause.....
From the Herald Sun (See original source article here)
AFL clubs and the Melbourne Racing Club are circling 70 poker machines set to be sold by the Western Bulldogs.
The Dogs are offloading the machines after a proposed pokies development in Maribyrnong went belly-up.
Geelong has inquired about buying the machines, sources have now revealed.
At least one other club is also believed to be interested.
Earlier this year, Geelong president Colin Carter told the Herald Sun he would like to extract the club from the lucrative pokies industry, which has been linked to social harm.
“I think the AFL has become … seriously off the mark with (pokies),” Carter said.
“But we are all complicit in it. And there is no doubt the incentive at the moment is for the clubs to stay in it rather than get out.”
Collingwood Pies? Collingwood Lies!
This comes after it was revealed that the Collingwood Football Club recently applied to have 10 new pokies installed in their Ringwood club - See our article on Online Pokies Australia for more information
An embarrassed council said on Wednesday night it would push on with a commercial deal with the Magpies, despite the club appearing to have acted outside conditions set out in the $3 million, 10-year agreement.
Collingwood’s deal with the council for limited public access to the club’s facilities requires the Pies to seek to reduce their reliance on gaming machine revenue.
The council would not say on Wednesday if it would seek to have Collingwood withdraw its application for new machines.
“We are working closely with Collingwood to negotiate a partnership that will provide the community with greater access to high quality open space,” a spokesman said.
“Council passed a motion seeking a commitment by AFL clubs to reduce their reliance on gaming machine revenue.
“We will continue to negotiate with Collingwood to reach an outcome that is both socially responsible and mutually beneficial.”
Tim Costello, chairman of the Alliance for Gambling Reform, said Collingwood’s conduct was “totally hypocritical”.
Former Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold — who now sits on the AFL Commission — has also admitted to serious misgivings about the club’s involvement in pokies.
“It is something we have wrestled with,” Mr Newbold said of Hawthorn’s gaming operation, which generated $20.5 million revenue in 2015.
North Melbourne is the only Victorian club without pokies. The other nine take about $90 million from gamblers’ pockets every year.
AFL chief Gillon McLachlan said this month: “I don’t think there is anybody in our industry who loves having the machines … it’s challenging.”
I personally don't understand why the AFL Clubs don't have their own internal bookies and betting system so they can benefit and profit from AFL Footy Tipping and Sports betting in general. Surely a form of gambling that is in line with the activity (in this case Aussie rules) is going to be mutually beneficial and a better solution overall?
Meh - that makes too much sense, can't have logic being applied now can we?!
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