Excessive fan involvement in the footy not ‘fantastic’

It seems counterintuitive to alienate the vast majority of AFL fans who hate forced NBA-style “fan engagement”, but this over-the-top game day trend continues, writes Ronny Lerner. THE LIGHT AND SOUND show that comes with every AFL game these days is not going anywhere, any time soon. So fans better get used to it. Despite … Read more

Forced fan engagement at the footy falls flat

AFL ground announcers yelling at the fans between the pennies and controlling their enthusiasm by telling them when to cheer? It’s just not foot full. Ronny Lerner reports. THERE is something happening at AFL games that is very worrying. It’s not the umpire’s crackdown on disagreements; it is not the softening of the sport through … Read more