Eddie McGuire, Caroline Wilson and violence against women: the AFL must act.

Tonight, the Western Bulldogs are playing Geelong in the White Ribbon match. It is a game designed to raise awareness of domestic violence and violence against women. But at the very time the football world is casting light on the issue, it is allowing dangerous, toxic and violent language toward women to be part of mainstream […]

The Equalisation Challenge

It’s a classic footy question: would you rather see your team win by 100 in a one-sided contest or lose by one point in a classic match. Ask a coach and 99 times in 100, they’ll take a 100-point win. Ask a league administrator and they’ll take the close match every time. This is the […]

While we’re on Goodes…

Can we please stop pretending there’s any debate about whether the booing of Adam Goodes is racist. Let’s acknowledge that it is an treat it as such. The fact it started happening after first he called out the girl for calling him a racist name, then after he received the Australian of the Year award is […]

I hate to say I told you so…

Another round of football, another racist booing of Adam Goodes. It’s become so routine now, it’s only a story when someone reacts to it. This week, it was Lewis Jetta replicating Goodes’ war dance. But the booing itself should be the story. Because it is demonstrating a cancer that is at the heart of the […]

Football, diversity and why the AFL <i>can</i> do better

Two weeks ago, I got home from the AFL Grand Final, upset after hearing some awful abuse at the game and, after complaining, being told by a security guard there was nothing they could do about it and “everyone does it”. I was disappointed that, in 21st Century Australia, this behaviour can occur and be […]

Fair, good, better: improving the AFL's cost-of-living allowance

With alarming predictability, the AFL’s cost-of-living allowance comes up every couple of months, usually during trade week, just before the season starts, and any time a team with the concession does well. As a Swans supporter with a pretty active twitter account, hardly a week goes by without someone making a sly comment, explicitly or […]

Wherever you're from- but you should probably be a man

The AFL’s new ad is based on the premise that people everywhere can be captured by our game. Here is what I learnt from the ad: Here’s the link to the ad. It’s actually worse than even those screen shots capture. 58 seconds long, and women get 3.5 seconds of screen time.

My life in sport, or how I learnt to think about sport

It took a long time to recognise my love of sport, and longer still to acknowledge it. As it kid, I wasn’t remotely self-conscious about it. I loved Kieren Perkins from the minute I heard him tell his story on an ad during Saturday Morning Disney in the lead-up to the 1992 Olympics. I spent […]

New voices needed to solve an old problem

You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. – Rahm Emmanuel It appears Andrew Demitriou and the AFL have been listening to the advice of Emmanuel, using today’s Crime Commission announcement as a way […]