I caught the launch... which was pretty good considering I was busy getting ready to hand in my last piece of written Uni work for the year today!
I couldn't decide.... but I think "New Football" means non-ethnic. Thats all I could take away from it.
Were my ears deceiving me or did John O'Neill say at least twice that the A is A-League stood for excellent or some other word starting with E? I'm probably deaf... but I swore it was an E word. According to the website it stands for... Australia, A-class, aspirational, action, appealing, artful and authentic.
Now to the stadia...
Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Express Advocate Stadium, Gosford
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Energy Australia Stadium, Newcastle
Members Equity Stadium, Perth
Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Suncorp, Telstra Dome, Aussie. They are kidding right? Broncos can't turn a profit at Suncorp, Telstra Dome effectively killed the Melbourne Storm and the second most recognised brand in the NRL are being killed by Aussie. They talk about the 8 team competition being modest beginnings. Well why not be modest about it? I cannot possibly see how they can either justify or turn profits at these stadia for a start-up comp expecting an average crowd of 10,000.