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Post by blueandwhite on Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:52 pm

Currently the Adelaide media are reporting that certain politicians who have influence- being independents ,are working pretty hard to restrict or limit the revenue sanfl clubs derive from their respective gaming venues. I personally see this as a major concern for all sanfl clubs, including ours.

Most sanfl clubs ,including ours,have some pretty serious debt; the repayments on this debt is almost exclusively funded from the profits of the individual gaming venues owned by the sanfl clubs. Any action by the government to limit the revenue streams derived by sanfl clubs from gaming venues would sound the deathknell for most of the clubs and therefore the sanfl as we know it.

While I realise problem gambling is a serious social issue these days, I am sure our club adheres to the correct procedures and is a fine community citizen on this issue.
The biggest problem as I see it, is that when poker machines were introduced they should have been restricted to Community based clubs ie bowls clubs, golf clubs and footy clubs -such as our own. This would have seen revenue redirected back into the local communities.Unfortunately they were introduced holus bolus into Hotels which in turn have developed into quasi Casinos with Hotel Barons gleaning all the profits.

Fortunately I know our club is involved in investigating other alternative revenue streams ; hopefully they can bear fruit in time and our reliance on pokie revenue may be reduced.
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Post by Ben W on Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:50 pm

Getting into other revenue streams is something I have been encouraging ours and other SANFL clubs to look into, realising that this day was and is coming quickly. I think a likely scenario is going to be pressure for two sides to merge and make it an 8 team competition so that the Crows / Power coin goes eight ways instead of nine, what happens after that is anyones guess though!
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Post by Spiritof64 on Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:13 pm

What Crows/Power coin.

Power haven't had any.
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Post by Panther74 on Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:12 pm

Spiritof64 wrote:What Crows/Power coin.

Power haven't had any.

We are paying the Power to keep them afloat Laughing
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Post by ryan on Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:54 am

didnt the crows report a half million dollar loss last season as well??
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Post by darley16 on Mon Feb 07, 2011 11:07 am

This is a MAJOR concern for our club who carries the biggest debt load of all SANFL clubs in vacinity of $3.0ml. It's not only the income halving that's the problem it's the level of debt that income supports. If our debt was say $750k and our potential income was halved overnight not so much of a drama, but with our debt this now is a real worry. I reckon "which bank" will recognise this already and i presume they may be asking what our plan B is and if we don't have one they will give us one and it won't be a good one! It won't be long until we're talking about merges all over again.

Surely the SANFL and other sporting groups need to take immediate action through lobbying and protest meeting/rallies etc. Remove the pokies from Pubs but leave them in sporting clubs that give s much back to the community.

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Post by westwing on Mon Feb 07, 2011 2:07 pm

Big concern alright, not really fussed about the crows an power but how it effects OUR club.
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Post by Ben W on Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:51 pm

My understanding of it is that players will be able to set their own daily limits on the machines, I dont think its really going to make a great deal of difference and think that its more a media line than anything else.

Interested though to see how they fair over at the Northern Tavern though...
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