Scott pushes for midweek games

April 15, 2020 8:10 pm in by
Geelong coach Chris Scott greets fans an open training session. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

PREMIERSHIP coach Chris Scott has floated playing games every night of the week even when the AFL recovers from the financial carnage caused by COVID-19.

AFL legend Kevin Sheedy has suggested expanding to a 28-round fixture as a way for the league and clubs to recoup serious financial losses from the enforced shutdown.

The four-time Essendon premiership coach wants the pre-season series scrapped and for the AFL to start before the NRL.

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Scott likes the concept and thinks the AFL should look at more permanent midweek games, even once the effects of the coronavirus crisis pass

The Geelong coach is unsure how players would handle the increased workload, but sticking with shorter quarters would be a way to do it.

“I suspect I would cope a lot better than some of the players,” Scott told Fox Footy.

“I think, in principle, the idea of shorter games, but maybe even open up the possibility for more games in the season to get a bit more equity in the competition.

“Those ideas have merit and it’s also possible players could back up a little bit quicker if the game was adjusted a bit.

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“I’ve always been an advocate of playing more games consistently through the week.

“The idea of Monday night football and Thursday night football; the big marquee games virtually every night of the week has some appeal.”

The AFL has gradually increased the number of Thursday night matches in recent years, but has steered away from Monday night football since 2011.

Various reports have suggested the AFL is looking into scheduling football on every day the Tokyo Olympics were supposed to be on.

The postponed Games were going to be held from July 24 to August 9 and were set to provide blockbuster prime time ratings for the AFL’s free-to-air TV broadcaster, Channel Seven.

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