Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Who's Afraid? - update #20
The whole litany of doom-laden dot points is hilarious, but a special prize goes to the following:
* Give special treatment to preferred commercial partners, potentially cutting locals out of work...
Because, of course, a World Cup in Australia would provide no employment opportunities whatever.
Sydneysiders who remember the (relatively minor) disruptions caused during the Olympics in 2000 should recognise that none of FIFA's supposed stipulations would be anything out of the ordinary. Somehow, at that time, such "onerous conditions" were perfectly acceptable.
The ramping up of the scaremongering from the Murdoch press and others is probably due to the fact that Australia's bid is starting to look a serious chance. The nominal "favourites" for 2018/2022, England, have stumbled from one embarrassment to another, and Australia's candidature has received a significant blessing from a very influential fellow, whose comments appear to go beyond basic tokenism.
What I don't understand is why the AFL and NRL don't go for a 'Demonstration Game' of their codes (in Melbourne and Sydney respectively) to show off the local codes to a huge, international sports-mad audience. Surely a single game would be negotiable, as part of a deal. Everyone would win.
As yourselves why the FFA went so hard for a 'turf war' in Melbourne against the AFL. The answer might have something to do with the mumblings at the time about the Fed Govt stepping in to legislate a bulldozers through the AFL stance. The FFA was seeking a major blow against a hated enemy. They got stared down. Demetriou did a mighty job - most of all, because he had to and because of the nature of the AFL stadium agreements/funding/ownership etc - he also had a firm position to start with - which seemed misunderstood by many soccer zealots.
btw - AFL started early in 2000 for Olympics, and accessed MCG late for 2006 C'wealth games. The FIFA WC ask was far more vague and also far more intrusive. However, on many of the shared AFL - Cricket venues - the AFL themselves only have a marginal amount of flex.