Taking a page from the Yanks book, where sports media commentators have essentially unlimited access to players on game day, they AFL seems headed in that direction and if players such as Patrick Dangerfield get their way, AFL players might soon be doing interviews before and during contests, as well as after, similar to the way things are set up in the National Basketball Association and the National Football League.
Adelaide forward Josh Jenkins, Kangaroos stalwart Nick Dal Santo and Tigers captain Scott Pendlebury support the idea as well.
In Dangerfield’s opinion, the merit of the idea lies in the benefits to all parties concerned, potentially volatile situations from any manner of controversy during the game would be addressed and resolved immediately, rather than left to linger and fester.
Dangerfield does not see the need to ape exactly the way things are done in the states, but he might be more than willing to do things to enhance the salary prospects of himself and his compatriots. The Crows paid him something in the neighbourhood of $600,000 – $700,000 in salary in 2014.
Dangerfield looks to be a lock for the Brownlow Medal with his new club, Geelong, but compare what he made for the Crows alongside what the Houston Texans of the NFL were willing to pay for the services of untested quarterback Brock Osweiller, who received a four-year deal valued at $72 million, despite having spent his four-year career as a backup who started only seven games.
If talking to the media before and after games would help Dangerfield ascend to anything near that stratum, he should talk his head off.