Com­pen­sa­tion call af­ter AFL plan to ditch pok­ies

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.