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    Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    The new Coronavirus or Covid 19 is the real deal and many experts are calling it now a pandemic.

    It's about three times more infectious than influenza. When there is community spreading eg in Northern Italy and South Korea, the situation is serious.

    Soccer games were called off in northern Italy. Many towns are in lockdown. Extreme measure are being taken in South Korea. Various big conferences around the world have been cancelled. There is speculation about the Tokyo Olympics.

    Standard operating procedure is banning large gatherings of people.

    While known cases here are low and relate to travelling in China or that dodgy cruise ship, my best guess is that the virus is quietly circulating in Sydney and Melbourne following the return of 1500 Chinese union students. It's only a matter of time before it takes off here.

    Could the 2020 AFL season be called off?
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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    The Olympic committee is considering a number of options regarding the games so the threat is real

    I think in Australia we have handled things well so far but I'd imagine the AFL might have to consider some contingency plans.
    The planned game in China needs to be cancelled.

    Early days but I remain optimistic that as a country we will manage this and the impact to the AFL will be minimal, perhaps round 1 and 2 might be under some pressure to be played without fan attendance although that might extend for a number of weeks.
    There will no doubt be a reduced season
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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    I think the AFL will look at reducing interchanges again to help stop the virus, and possibly review the prior opportunity interpretation as well...………..

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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    Bloody good question DR. I remain hopeful that we have managed things in Australia about as well as things can be managed when you don't really know a lot of facts about what you are dealing with. But who knows what the rules will be around mass spectator events.


    Maybe games played in empty stadia with only TV audiences watching? Doesn't sound like a lot of fun.

    Anyway it's time to get back to collecting as much toilet paper and tinned food as I can fit in the house. Mum has the rifle and you don't want to get on her bad side-or try taking the rifle off her, a couple have tried god bless their souls.
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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    Quote Originally Posted by jeemak View Post
    I think the AFL will look at reducing interchanges again to help stop the virus, and possibly review the prior opportunity interpretation as well...………..
    And shorten half time. And bring in a twilight grand final.
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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    I look forward seeing the players wearing AFL licensed hazmat suits in their team colours. The show must go on!

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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Axe Man View Post
    I look forward seeing the players wearing AFL licensed hazmat suits in their team colours. The show must go on!
    Don't tempt them.
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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?



    And he'd STILL get 38 touches and 3 Brownlow votes.
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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    Hopefully that is exactly what the Bont is wearing between training sessions.
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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Science View Post


    And he'd STILL get 38 touches and 3 Brownlow votes.
    Thanks RS, you read my mind. I was almost going to request you produce something like this in my post above.

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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    As long as there are asymptomatic carriers (which there appears to be), it's not a matter of if but when.

    I can't imagine that the AFL would put the TV rights in jeopardy - one would imagine they'd just broadcast a closed game. Imagine how weird it would be to be a player, taking a speccy in the middle of the MCG and to come down and be greeted with crickets?
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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    I think it has been well controlled in Australia and at this stage you would think things would run normal with the AFL but you never know what might happen and what they decide depending on the situation over the coming weeks. The game in China I would think now would surely have to be cancelled.
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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eastdog View Post
    I think it has been well controlled in Australia
    That will soon change - look at this nonsense

    Coronavirus travel ban prompts Melbourne University to offer Chinese students $7,500 grant

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-...dents/12004262

    And idiots like this

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-...ldren/12001516
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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    From the Hearld Sun but it is paywalled.

    https://www.heraldsun.com.au/subscri...s&mode=premium

    AFL GAMES, GRAND PRIX ‘COULD BE CANCELLED’ OVER VIRUS
    The federal government would consider cancelling events with big crowds such as AFL matches if Australia experienced a major outbreak of the deadly coronavirus, Health Minister Greg Hunt has confirmed.

    But it would come only as a last resort.

    The government is bracing for the World Health Organisation to declare within days that the coronavirus crisis has reached pandemic stage, meaning ongoing outbreaks in multiple countries.
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    Asked if this could affect events such as AFL matches, Mr Hunt said: “The possibility of events is always there, but that is a last resort”.
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    The AFL on Wednesday night declined to comment on the issue.
    Last edited by Eastdog; 27-02-2020 at 01:53 AM.
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    Re: Coronavirus: could the 2020 AFL season be called off?

    Welp the American Centre for Diseases Control has released official statements advising populations to anticipate "serious disruptions to daily life" and released this handy info sheet.



    Good luck to whoever gets to tell Trengove he's gotta lose the beard.
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