AND THEY’RE RACING
RACING will resume in Victoria today after a Melbourne-based jockey returned a negative COVID19 test late last night.
The Australian racing industry shut down on Wednesday after learning that jockey Mark Zahra was on a March 12 domestic flight with a passenger who had tested positive. Zahra was immediately tested and race meetings stopped.
Racing will resume today with Warrnambool and Pakenham meetings.
A BREAKTHROUGH pay deal between the AFL and the game’s 850 players revolves around multiple scenarios playing out this year.
The deal, which could be signed today, will be flexible and result in players earning varied amounts in 2020 depending on whether there are no more games, some games or a full 17 rounds, plus finals.
Matches being played with or without crowds and the financial viability of key AFL sponsors and partners will also determine the size of the stop-gap arrangement to be struck between the AFL and players’ union.
Precise details will be finalised in the coming weeks of the coronavirus crisis, but both parties were determined to agree in principle to multiple models and allow the AFL to accelerate plans to secure a bank loan to secure the game.
The pay deal will cater for players on minimum wages, the loss of match payments and players with heavily front or back-ended contracts.
The AFL is also keen to redraw the collective bargaining agreement with players that expires at the end of 2022.
In negotiations with AFL Players’ Association boss Paul Marsh on Wednesday, AFL chief Gillon McLachlan offered to match the percentage of the pay cut suffered by players this year.
Carlton’s Kade Simpson trains at Gosch’s Paddock yesterday during the AFL shutdown.