Compensation call after AFL plan to ditch pokies
AFL clubs want the league to pay them compensation to get out of pokies.
Nine clubs have been weighing up whether to buy the rights to run pokies for another 20 years, with a decision deadline in February.
But AFL chairman Richard Goyder has said he “hates” pokies and wants clubs to wean themselves off them.
Hawthorn, the club with the most lucrative pokies venues, said it would have to be paid to lose its machines.
The club confirmed that it intended to pay the required 5 per cent deposit to maintain access to its pokies rights. Carlton spokesman Luca Gonano said the Blues were considering whether to stick with the pokies.
But he added that the club would seek compensation if the league told it to get out of pokies. “If it’s the AFL making the decision, then yes, compensation would need to be factored in,” he said.
Geelong also wanted compensation but said it intended to keep its pokies.
Collingwood, St Kilda and Melbourne will sign up again, while the Western Bulldogs were yet to decide.