Teams: Australia & Newcastle United
The VFL was gawn before West Coast and Adelaide came in and pumped millions back into the league in the form of merchandise, memberships and license-fees and the league received a double-whammy in 95 and 97 when Freo and the Power came in and added more money.
The communist 'equalisation policy' the AFL works under - salary-cap, equalisation fund, etc. - is there purely for the benefit of the sh1t clubs like North, Saints, Bullies and Geelong.
If a free-agency transfer-market came in Carlton, Adelaide and Essendon would bleed dry these smaller clubs of their stars, making them uncompetitive (Fitzroy anyone?), and thus these clubs would die and we'd be left with a smaller league.
I think the way to go would be unrestricted trades with a mid-season trade-deadline with a much higher cap.
"They picked on the wrong man - and the wrong country. It was like pouring petrol onto a fire as far as I was concerned.
There's an old saying that the dog that barks loudest never bites. They did a lot of barking but we bit them pretty hard. Uruguay's attitude just showed how scared they were of us - it was their last resort."
- Vincenzo Grella, Parma & Australia.