Baller#3
Years ago

17 and 5 Fixture

Saw and article on afl.com.au about the possibility of a 17 game season (everyone plays everyone once) then moving to three seperate divisions. Top 6, Middle 6 and Bottom 6 to sort out finals positions.

Top 6 play the other teams from that group for positions 1-6, Middle play off for the final 2 finals positions and the bottom 6 play off for draft positions etc.

I really like this model, what do others think? Could it work in the AFL and could it be implemented in the NBL once there are more teams.

For example with a 12 team NBL league it could split into 3 divisions of 4 teams playing each other twice. So it would be 22 game season followed by a further 6 placing games for the top 6.

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Anonymous  
Years ago

I like it & is a good idea to try & make the fixture fair but half of the teams would have played 8 home games & 9 away games when entering the final 6 group stage... in theory it could be caught up in the last 5 games but not if the group of 6 all have played 8 games... some teams would miss out... also how would they sell full season membership if the total amount of games are unknown?

AFL is very hard to make fair as the season can't go for much longer then 22 games due to the TV deal & player fatigue. Also the tv deal requires 9 games a week for the next 5 years... so the league has to try and do the best with the restrictions that are in place...

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Baller#3  
Years ago

The amount of games dont change what so ever? only issue would be the amount of home and away games for each team would be harder to work out.

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