Q2: It looks like chaos out there. Do they really have any rules?
Q3: How do you score? What do all those numbers mean?
Q4: Why bother to run around much then, just kick for goals. Wouldn’t that be easier?
Q5: Yea, that field is big, but just how many players are there? It looks like everyone is out there at the same time.
Q6: The TV shows the coaches in the coaching box but they don’t seem to be down at the field except between quarters?
Q7: How much running do the players do in a match?
Q8: Explain the clock to me. Sometimes it seems to be continuously running upwards and other times (like I’d expect), it winds down, stops and starts.
Q9: What’s that bounce thing the umpires do with the ball?
Q10: What penalties are awarded? How many yards or meters?
Q11: They tackle each other and they don’t wear pads! There must be a ton of injuries.
Q12: Why would anyone want to play such a violent sport?
Q13: Explain the AFL to me. Who are the teams and where are they from?
Q14: Wait, there are nine teams in Melbourne?
Q15: Do all those teams have their own home ground? That’s a lot of stadiums (err, stadia).
Q16: What’s the season like? How often do they play and how is the schedule setup?
Q17: What times are the games played?
Q18: Are there divisions or conferences? How do they figure out the standings?
Q19: Who gets to the playoffs?
Q20: With 22 games and 18 teams, that must mean the schedule is unbalanced?
Q21: How much are AFL players making? Millions? Do they have free agents, trades, salary caps, etc.?
Q22: Are players drafted out of college?
Q23: How big is the sport in Australia?
Brisbane: Brisbane Lions
Geelong (Victoria): Geelong Cats
Gold Coast (Queensland): Gold Coast Suns
Melbourne: Carlton Blues, Collingwood Magpies, Essendon Bombers, Hawthorn Hawks, North Melbourne Kangaroos, Melbourne Demons, Richmond Tigers, St Kilda Saints, Western Bulldogs
Sydney: Sydney Swans, Greater Western Sydney (GWS) Giants
Perth: West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers
Q: How big is the sport in Australia?
A: It's the big gorilla. Consider this: It's the 4th best attended sport (based on average per game) in the world. The domestic TV contract in Australia pays the league more than A$250 million per year in a country with just 24 million people. Not NFL dollars but pretty good and quite possibly only the NFL and English Premier League do significantly better on a relative basis. A new contract beginning in 2017 will see the annual TV revenue nearly double. From a market share standpoint they are actually more dominant in Australia than the NFL is in the US. It is the biggest sport in Australia, or at least in all but the states of New South Wales and Queensland where rugby has a claim. The equivalent of the Super Bowl, known as the Grand Final, usually draws 90,000+ in attendance and about 1 in 6 Australians watch it.
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