I was really excited the other day when I read a headline for ‘The World’s Most Functional Stadium.’ I thought: great. Very cool. Stadiums in Australia could use a facelift (or two). See, there’s this project (the NSW Stadia Strategy) that is meant to fund stadium building and improvements in NSW in order to improve patron experience. They’re also a bit jealous of Victoria and want to be the new home of international sporting events.
So when I read the details about it I had to ask… who thought this was a good idea?
It’s been a while. I know. We’ve missed each other. Or maybe I just missed you. It’s hard to tell these days.
There is so much to talk about.
And first on that list? The DISASTER that is the new AFL Dream Team system.
The reign is over. Andrew Demetriou will leave the AFL after this season.
So how are we all feeling about this? Well, I don’t know how you’re feeling but I’ll tell you how I’m feeling. Sorta.
Now, I know we’ve talked about how I have strong opinions and we all know you should never bash your employer on social media (not that the AFL is my employer… at the moment) so I’m not going to.
Recently, we talked (well, I talked and you rolled your eyes) about the Americanisation of Australian sport. I said I didn’t think it was a good idea because it’s taking something so pure (for lack of a better word) and commercializing it. Sure, this happens all the time but in this case, not only is it sad to watch it’s also unsustainable.
For starters, Australia isn’t big enough. It’s big, , sure, but in comparison to the US it’s just not big enough. There are about 22 million people in Australia (give or take a baby or two). The US has about 315 million. That’s… heaps. There are a few implications for this but two big ones.
Do you know what I want? A place where I can go to watch GWS or Swans games with other GWS or Swans fans. Yes, it’s Sydney, but that doesn’t mean I know very many GWS and Swans fans. And if I get my way and end up in Melbourne in a few years (working for the AFL, of course) I’m going to know even fewer GWS and Swans fans. There are a few bars that say they play all the Swans games but should be easier than it is to find them (if anyone wants to know, Dick’s in Balmain is my new favourite place to watch games – can’t wait until the season starts again). Even harder is finding other NBL and ABL fans. Other than the people I know who work for NBL and ABL teams and leagues, I don’t know very many people who are keen to watch the game. So why not partner with a venue? Since it’s Australia, it should probably be a bar (have you ever told Aussies they can’t drink while watching sport? Yea – you probably don’t want to) although you’d want to have an alternate venue for families… more on that later. Continue Reading
Winter Olympics have never been my jam. Maybe it’s because I’m from Hawaii and I used to be a gymnast when I was younger (if you can call it that) or maybe it’s because I hate being cold and (not-so-) silently judge everyone who voluntarily spends more time than absolutely necessary in the snow. I don’t know. But I’ve never been that keen on them. (But Boyfriend loves them so what can I do?)
But as an economics major, I don’t see snowboarding and bob-sledding anymore. I see a mega-event. And economists have mixed emotions about those. Easy there, don’t start begging – I’ll tell you why.
I’ll give you the cliff notes version (if you want the extended version, you know all you have to do is ask).
Let’s get one thing straight here: no matter what happens, the sports business in Australia will never be the same as the sports business in the US. It’s just not going to happen.
Now I know that some people like to talk about the Americanisation of sport in Australia and yes, there are things Australian sporting codes are adopting because they have worked so well in the US such as salary caps, the reverse order draft, and free agency. The primary reason for this is because the leagues want to make a better game. Better games mean more fans and more fans mean more money. EVERYTHING is [nearly] ALWAYS about money. But is it working well? Eh. Not in my opinion.