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Australian Leagues


Jets crisis is symptom of A-league problems

Players and staff at Australian A-League team Newcastle Jets have not been paid for the last two weeks.   The Jets have problems of their own, but they are a symptom of more fundamental problems in the A-League.

Boost for A-league in Oz

Football Federation Australia is attempting to boost the A-league by removing the salary cap on a second 'marquee' player.   The hope is that it will be possible to attract some of the Soceroos playing in leagues around the world as well as allowing clubs to sign a high-quality overseas player.

South Australia's Oldest Football Club in Trouble

South Australia's oldest football club, Port Adelaide, is in trouble. Port is said to be headed towards a massive operating loss this season - perhaps more than A$500,000. Club finances, even in an era of the AFL being underwritten by media deals, in particular from television, are still heavily reliant in membership and crowd figures. Port have arrested the slide on membership, but its attendances are falling - and, with an average of 24.410 this season, are at a record low. After rising from 12th to second last year, the Power has fallen to 14th with just five wins from 19 games.