It’ll end up like T20. Some will love it/like it and others will hate it/ignore it. While some will only like it on TV because of all the hoopla going on live. At my first T20 games I was “what the heck is going on?” But I like it on TV. And it feels they have scaled down the on ground theatrics a bit. I won’t be subscribing or going to AFLX.
It’ll be up to the AFL clubs to see how they embrace/use the AFLX comp. Looking at T20, it is based on new clubs. And it brought in new players who don’t/can’t play the longer forms of cricket. AFLX is using the same teams and lists. Depending on how the style of play evolves in AFLX it may be something that favours certain types of players who are more adapt at playing it. BUT WHAT THAT TYPE OF PLAYER MAY BE I HAVE NO IDEA. In T20 the batsmen and bowlers innovated their shot making and bowling to suit the format. It allowed the pace of the match to be cranked up as you only had 20 overs to do your business. Not sure what AFLX is going to do.