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Footy fans aren't ready for the grand final to be shifted

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12.03.2019

We aren't ready for the AFL grand final to be shifted from the traditional Saturday afternoon time slot to the twilight zone. Not yet.

When the AFL Commission gathers on Thursday to formally decide whether the grand final should be played in living daylight or not, they ought to take the conservative position, which is to postpone the "inevitable" change until there is more acceptance from a football public that is showing signs of reform fatigue.

Time for change? The AFL would be best advised to hold off on changing the grand final scheduling for a year.Credit:Paul Rovere

If the twilight grand final is indeed inevitable, as league CEO Gillon McLachlan contends, then it should be shelved for another 12 months and then revisited. There's no need to rush this reform through.

The time of the grand final isn't decided in a plebiscite/postal vote, in the manner of same sex marriage or whether Australia should become a republic (the republic was described as "inevitable" 25 years ago). It should not be decided simply by reader polls, either.

But if the AFL is so intent on this........

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