Understood, and I am taking into account that there is much media being generated about the issues the AFL is going to consider in their usual reviews. Trying to sort out what might be a real problem, to justify discussion that the AFL is struggling however, is where I am making my point.
Sure, the media may be exposing some of their issues, but whether or not we look at it in isolation, the AFL is not even close to struggling.
Whatever figures or percentages they want to throw at us in regards to a drop of 10% here or 5% there is insignificant because it doesn't impact their competition or their bottom line.
The AFL juggernaught is too big, so they can always prop up any individual team or area seen as 'Struggling', should they choose to do so.
They have expanded their competition quite solidly in recent years, everything they are doing was geared towards growth, now it is time for consolidation.
They are always going to have a re-adjustment, so I expect this type of slight up and down to occur for a few years, then they will possibly look at another small expansion, not too much room left in Aus though...