Luuc the issue with any sports person is a limited time at the elite level to earn money before they are deemed unfit to continue. Most sports have a 10-15 year window that players can earn from playing. Only the last 5-8 years is a decent figure. Yes you have outliers like Ablett or Dangerfield who can earn good coin early in their careers and continue this for their entire career but each team only has 2-3 of these types of players.
Elite athletes do indeed have a limited window to earn a living as athletes.
I don't see what that has to do with this issue though.
Their value as entertainers is directly proportional to their ratings & ticket sales. That's the argument always used for why WNBA players earn a tiny fraction of their NBA counterparts, right? (or WNBL/NBL, or AFLW/AFL) and it's a valid one.
So when no one is bringing in any money why should an AFL player still earn $500k while an AFLW player gets her season killed one week into playoffs and earns SFA?
They should all be on the $1500 jobkeeper payment IMO, at least until a season re-start is announced and they can justify being paid for training.
If the AFL has a full coffer to pay them big bucks to sit at home making Tik Toks then I don't begrudge them that. But if they think they have a right to still be raking it in atm then that doesn't pass the pub test for me.
Especially given that 80% of club staff have been left jobless.