Footy player earnings drop while the AFL’s revenue grows

A review of the AFL’s financial dealings has revealed player income declined proportionately over the past decade despite increases in revenue for the league.

Total player payment fell from 27.5% of revenue in 2001 to 21.3% in 2009, according to the research from Monash University academics published in The Economic and Labour Relations Review.

The research found an increase in both income and expenditure however, in relative terms spending on the club football departments fell, while spending increased in areas such as ‘fitness and conditioning’, ‘team’ and ‘recruitment and list management’.

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