I saw this article in The Age this morning (AFL clubs rake in $20 million from pokies despite exodus).
I believe that the Club should not be involved in the Pokies.
I am not trying to stop people from going to the pokies, but we as a club shouldn’t be involved. Most other clubs agreecwith this. I believe that the Club has done alot right in the past 6 months, but this is a big issue it still needs to address.
I had actually written to the Club on 15 February to ask for the Board’s contact details so I could write to them about this issue. I got an automated response saying that, due to Christmas holidays, it might take 7 days for a response. 12 days later, I am still waiting…
I agree in principle. However right now, Essendon don’t have a significant source of ‘non football’ business and it also currently has nearly no cash reserves. It’s not in a financial position to exit presently.
I have long been urging the club to build a strategic plan to strengthen its non football revenue and cash flow. It’s been very slow and had inertia for years in this aspect. We continue to rely on ponies as a result. With no obvious plan on the radar at present.
That’s why without this new revenue source, membership and other traditional firms are vital.
It’s true but there’s very slow progress. Todays HS article, indicating risk around of site future due to airport expansion may explain some of the complexities and slow pace in achieving a commercial strategic plan to develop the site there and creat new revenue streams.
The Dogs have been highly proactive and successful developing the Western Oval into a community hub and with govt funding creating a great business. They’ve planned well and delivered a great community asset. We’ve been focussed on saga management and footy failure cycle spinning during this time. This is one of the unfortunate outcomes of slow progress in this area…. That’s why football CEO’s and Boards can’t just be ‘football focussed’.
Do we really need to replace the revenue stream first. We’re not going to abandon the licence I presume we sell it and sell it for good money. That money can be invested to get returns as well. We’d end up in a pretty similar spot
I can’t impact the rest of the venues so it’s a moot point.
I want Essendon to divest not just morally but becuase it’s non core to the football operations. It might make money but the execs and board have to spend time and energy running it rather than being focused on football.
Doggies did not have much choice but to develop a community hub.
The suburbs around Footscray ceased to hold its traditional supporters, who moved to the outer suburbs.
Footscray had become Little Saigon, later gentrified, those moving in brought their club allegiances with them.