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Sport Reduce the length of AFL game: Dangerfield

07:56  14 june  2018
07:56  14 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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As the AFL's hierarchy grapple with the look of the modern-day game, the Geelong star has backed the concept of reducing the time players are on the field.

He highlighted such a move's capacity to lessen the demand on players and allow for more entertaining contests.

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The AFL has baulked at the players' demand for a new percentage-based revenue sharing model that they say gives them more incentive to help grow the game . Dangerfield , a member of the AFLPA board, admitted it was frustrating that the league had broken off talks and reiterated the PA's firm

"I think that's a bit of a shared view from quite a few players that it wouldn't hurt to reduce games," Dangerfield told SEN on Thursday.

"Something like 100 minutes. I wouldn't see huge changes, just something that's not as currently long as what it is now.

"We put a huge demand on our players, particularly with scheduling with five- and six-day breaks.

"There'd be potential to have more of those throughout the season and balance up the scheduling for all clubs if we were able to reduce the length of games.

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AFL . News. Dangerfield said last night's clash against Port Adelaide was an argument for shortening games , believing they could cause more injuries. "I think there’s an element to the length of our pre-season can affect injuries within teams."

"Effectively you'd almost be playing a quarter less and we'd be able to make sure that scheduling is a little bit better and more entertaining for supporters."

A number of ideas were floated at Monday night's informal coaches' dinner at AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan's Melbourne house, with congestion around the ball and low scoring the biggest concerns.

Reducing the interchange cap from its current limit of 90 is another concept being seriously explored.

But Dangerfield was not an advocate of cutting the number - which was previously trimmed from 120 to 90 in 2016.

"It was certainly discussed and it's certainly been hotly debated among players, there's plenty that aren't for it," he said.

"We have a few players that are happy to reduce it, it wouldn't affect their game."

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