The fact this type of story and the AFL Hall of Fame dinner are rolled out over the bye weeks just makes me cringe. Its all about making sure any and all news must be AFL related.
No doubt they are working on a mid season trade period. My guess is the bye next year or next (whenever the trade period comes in) will be a general bye to provide a midseason trade window. They are doing everything possible to water down clubs and the sport its to ensure all the focus is on the AFL. I really hope it backfires.