The COLA is gone


#1

The AFL and the clubs are currently meeting in Adelaide and in a big move, the Cost Of Living Allowance, used and abused by the Swans in recent years, is no longer.

 

 


#2

What will they be calling it now


#3

What will they be calling it now

Buddy Franklins Salary.


#4

 

What will they be calling it now

Buddy Franklins Salary.

 

That's what i was thinking. Does it start now, or when Franklins contract runs out.


#5

http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-03-04/afl-to-scrap-cola?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

 


AFL to scrap COLA

AAP  March 4, 2014 7:24 PM

 

THE SYDNEY Swans are angered by an AFL edict to scrap the club's controversial cost of living allowance.
The AFL says it will phase out the Swans' allowance, while also pursuing a cap on spending in football departments of all clubs.

 

The AFL made the decisions at a meeting of clubs in the Adelaide Hills on Tuesday.
Swans chairman Andrew Pridham was disappointed at the phasing out of the allowance, which gave his club additional money in its salary cap compared to rival clubs.
Pridham rejected suggestions the Swans had used the money, some 9.8 per cent more than rivals, to lure highly paid recruits Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett.

 

"The club has used the allowance for its intended purpose - to provide all players on our list compensation for the higher costs associated with living in Sydney," Pridham said in a statement.
"We remain extremely disappointed at the ongoing campaign to remove a longstanding and legitimate equalisation mechanism.
"No one refutes the reality that all statistical measurements show Sydney's rental and house purchasing costs are around 27 per cent higher than those in Melbourne."
After the Adelaide meeting, the AFL also agreed to find a way to control spiralling spending within football departments, agreeing in principle that "a mechanism to control growth in non-player football spend is required".
The League also noted an "aspiration to move towards a pure draft and salary cap", possibly meaning the end of priority picks at the draft.
The moves came as the AFL released its 2013 annual report, detailing a massive profit rise and record revenue.
The AFL says its net profit rose $9.9 million last year, to $16.6m.
And the League's revenue increased to $446m, some $18 million more than in 2012, despite a hit from legal fees associated with Essendon's ongoing supplements saga.
AFL commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick said expenditure last year rose by three per cent to $137 million because of "revenue-related increases and legal fees".
He said the Essendon scandal made last year "difficult and testing".
"However ... I am proud that when the history is written of doping in sport in Australia, our competition can say we stood up and reported voluntarily, and we opened ourselves to investigation," he wrote in the annual report.
"We did not put our head in the sand, we did not blame others and we did not attack the credibility of the officers Australian Crime Commission or the anti-doping authorities."
The AFL last year banned Essendon from the finals and suspended its coach James Hird for a year, among other penalties relating to the club's 2012 supplements program.
The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has yet to detail what, if any, charges it will lay against the club.

 

Reading between the lines, they can't do much about Buddy, but, it seems like the Swans won't be able to take any more players via this method as a result.

 


#6

No more Coke.


#7

B Reid just purchased a 1.3 million place in sydneys east  so whats that telling you?


#8

B Reid just purchased a 1.3 million place in sydneys east  so whats that telling you?

House prices in Sydney‘s east are in freefall?

#9

B Reid just purchased a 1.3 million place in sydneys east  so whats that telling you?

Is he going to build a house on it?


#10

B Reid just purchased a 1.3 million place in sydneys east  so whats that telling you?

That he's just purchased a 1x bed flat?


#11

Good. What rort that was. I hope everyone raids their playing list with ridiculous offers too.


#12

Bout time, should happened years ago


#13

Bout time, should happened years ago

Should never have been introduced but lets never forget exactly why it was.  The moratorium on salary cap rorting showed Sydney were over 1million over the cap (Lockett was getting about 30% of the total cap).  The AFL having pumped millions into the Swans knew that sanctions would kill Sydney & a return to being under the cap was impossible without a mass exodus - enter a 15% extra allowance for Sydney which was originally passed off as a retention allowance (which is why Brisbane got it as well despite lower COL).  Just another example of the AFL manipulating the competition in order to achieve its goals.


#14

Very good news!   An interesting stat I heard recently was, even though housing in Sydney was higher then Melbourne, food and other amendments almost made the 'cost of living' equal.  

 

One other question I have is, when did Brisbane lose the higher salary cap?


#15

Very good news!   An interesting stat I heard recently was, even though housing in Sydney was higher then Melbourne, food and other amendments almost made the 'cost of living' equal.  

 

One other question I have is, when did Brisbane lose the higher salary cap?

After their flags. 05 or 06, somewhere around there. Eddie kicked up a massive stink over both of them.

 

Would SYdney have won a flag at all without significant help? Barry Hall shouldn't have played in the first one, after smashing some guy 50m off the ball was ruled "in play" and it's hard to see them winning without the extra 3 or 4 recruits that the COLA allowed them (and that's what they've been doing forever: offering decent-to-good players slightly more money to leave).


#16

Tony Lockett wouldn't have kicked THAT point...


#17

Mike Fitzpatrick: "However ... I am proud that when the history is written of doping in sport in Australia, our competition can say we stood up and reported voluntarily, and we opened ourselves to investigation," he wrote in the annual report.
"We did not put our head in the sand, we did not blame others and we did not attack the credibility of the officers Australian Crime Commission or the anti-doping authorities."

 

Wow... what a hero. He forgot to mention how the AFL didn't leak


#18
Good riddance. 
 
Besides, if the AFL want a cost of living allowance then you have to be fair and ensure it reflects costs of living for all the cities with clubs. The Melbourne based clubs should have one relative to the Adelaide clubs. And the WA clubs get more-less-nothing.
 
Why was it only for one city and then group all the other cities into the same cost of living basket? Because it was not what it said it was for.
 
 
So yeah, good riddance.
 
 
 
and FARK CARLTON

#19

At least Hawthorn have still got the COKE allowance. Wonder if that moved up there with Buddy.


#20

Mike Fitzpatrick: "However ... I am proud that when the history is written of doping in sport in Australia, our competition the Essendon Football Club can say we stood up and reported voluntarily, and we opened ourselves to investigation," he wrote in the annual report.
"We did not put our head in the sand, we did not blame others and we did not attack the credibility of the officers Australian Crime Commission or the anti-doping authorities."

 

Wow... what a hero. He forgot to mention how the AFL didn't leak

Fixed.