I actually think the biggest problem isn’t the commentators but the producers/directors
The VFL (and ABC for that matter) get the (and there is only one) commentator to call the game and the special comments person to offer insights into tactics or matchups or stuff like that.
All the commercial prime time networks have 823 commentators and 734 special comments people and also 91 hosts and all they do is talk to each other about each other.
The sideshow becomes the main attraction.
I’d almost guarantee if you put Leonard or jason bennett onto the main channel 7 or MMM broadcasts they’d get ■■■■■■■ up within a year. Same thing happens with most of the ex players, they do a couple of guest spots fresh out of the game and offer useful insights, then eventually they get into the swing of wanking each other off and become as useless as anyone else.