‘Now or never’: Cries for Tassie team grow louder
3AW Football commentator Tim Lane believes it’s “now or never” for the AFL to introduce a Tasmanian team into it’s ranks.
It comes as the Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutewin delivered an ultimatum to the AFL demanding a timeline on the inclusion of a team.
Until they have that assurance, the Tasmanian government say they will not enter into negotiations with current Tasmanian football tenants Hawthorn and North Melbourne.
“The AFL are in a corner here because they are ultimately responsible for the management of the game in every state,” he told Tom Elliott on 3AW Drive.
“And the game in Tasmania is in an appalling state and it’s only going to get worse unless Tasmania is enveloped.
“You’re either in the AFL or you’re not.”
The veteran broadcaster ruled out the possibility of a team transferring to the apple isle.
“The only team that’s going to really incentivate (sic) them … Is a team of their own,” he said.
“It’s high time, and it’s pretty much now or never, and I’m thrilled that the Premier has taken that position and is forcing the AFL’s hand.”
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