AFL great Kane Cornes has savaged Eddie McGuire after the Collingwood president commented about how the game could improve heading into the future.
McGuire has argued that the coronavirus shutdown has provided the AFL with a perfect opportunity to modernise and improve upon its product.
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One of the media personality's big beliefs is that the AFL should make a permanent change to shorter quarters, arguing that it would make the game more accessible for supporters.
“I think we've been putting a bandaid on a bandaid. Now we can rip them off and say what is it we want this game to look like in the next 10 years. Shortening the quarters,” McGuire said.
“Back to what Peter (V’landys) said. I don't think you can actually ask people to spend four hours at the football these days, going there in the middle of a Saturday afternoon on a weekend.”
The AFL has implemented shorter 16-minute quarters this season in response to the virus shutdown, allowing it to potentially squeeze more games in a shorter period of time later in the season.
Many former players and experts share McGuire's view that the change should be made permanent but Cornes says he fails to see the logic behind permanently adopting shorter quarters.
"It makes no sense."@kanecornes has slammed Eddie McGuire's idea to shorten the game by 20 per cent, and has shown some iconic moments that wouldn't have happened if quarters were cut down.#9AFLSFS | Watch @channel9 pic.twitter.com/PrmzqgpFL3— Footy on Nine (@FootyonNine) May 24, 2020
“It makes no sense. Why would we shorten the best game in the world by 20 per cent,” Cornes said.
“The likes of Shane Crawford, Robert Harvey, Ben Cousins and Nathan Buckley made a living out of grinding 120 minutes and doing their best work in red time and in time on. I don't get it.
“Some of the best moments we've ever had in Grand Finals, some of the most famous moments in the game have come in red time of Grand Finals.
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“These three moments would never have happened in the game if we go with Eddie's theory he wants the game shortened by 20 per cent. It wouldn’t happen. I don't know why we're shortening the game by 20 per cent this year.
McGuire also encouraged the AFL to follow the NRL's lead by staging the grand final during prime time in the evening, rather than its traditional Saturday afternoon slot.
The Collingwood president says the game needs to adapt to compete with the likes of Netflix for the attention of its viewers - a suggestion Cornes vehemently disagrees with.
"Football doesn't have to compete with Netflix. Doesn't have to complete with restaurants. This is live sport," Cornes said.
“NFL in America goes for four hours and it’s the most popular sport in America. I don't get it.
“Drastic rule changes for the sake of it because there's a virus makes absolutely no sense to me. That's a ridiculous suggestion.”