Tension in the AFL
Now similar tensions have surfaced in the AFL. The AFL is in negotiation with the AFL Players Association over the new collective bargaining agreements for players in 2012. The AFLPA, the players union, has explained to its members that a new collective bargaining agreement with the AFL has yet to be brokered. The various options for moving forward include launching industrial action through Fair Work Australia. Another possible option, reported by some players, is the boycott of the NAB Preseason Cup in 2012.
The Future of the game?
A NBA style lockout is unlikely. A boycott, AFL fans hope, is also unlikely. But the future of next season is uncertain with tensions still to be worked through.
The AFLPA is working towards maintaining the players' share of the growing revenue of the game. Whilst the players have dropped their push for a set percentage of revenue, unlike the NBA, the main focus is on the length of their collective bargaining agreement.
For the AFL it is about building their brand, growing the game and clubs' income, along with and supporting the players. Stay tuned to the news over the next two weeks as the AFLPA and AFL meet to work out the future of the game in 2012.