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AFL, you are on the clock: The draft is not a spectator sport – The Age

The draft this year, which was like one of Fidel Castro’s speeches – we are not sure if it has ended yet – brought a new definition to tedium.

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Starting at 7pm, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan’s speech of introduction went longer than some quarters of football this year. At least it felt like it. The offer to NAB to speak should have been graciously declined by the bank.
Clubs do not need five minutes to make up their mind before every pick. They need two minutes. If they need more, because there is a trade happening, then they can request it. But giving everyone five minutes means some take time for no real reason, and in between times you just…

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