The AFL claims its trials of new rules have proven they enhance scoring. A closer examination shows that evidence simply doesn't exist yet to back that up. With a negative impact on scoring as likely.
For the past 14 months, AFL Victoria has been testing different equipment and rules to create a Victorian blind football league.
While the majority of AFL fans were revelling in an extraordinary weekend of tight finishes and engrossing contests, the league trialled new rules designed to ease congestion and increase scoring.
Remember when you could watch sport without seeing a gambling ad? The thing is, kids don't. A large majority — 75 per cent — of kids aged 8–16 years believe that betting on sport is normal, writes Louise Glanville.