Who wants to be an AFL millionaire?

Sportal January 25, 2013, 4:12 pm

A record eight players earned more than $1 million in 2012, the AFL has revealed.

The previous mark of two millionaires in 2008 and 2011 was smashed thanks largely to the expansion of the competition, free agency and the current broadcast rights deal.

The AFL refused to reveal the names of the game's highest earners, although Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett Jr and Greater Western Sydney midfielder Tom Scully were believed to have been on the list.

Hawthorn superstar Lance Franklin, St Kilda skipper Nick Riewoldt and Carlton midfielder Chris Judd were also expected to earn seven-figure sums.

The wages do not include private third-party deals such as Judd's arrangement with Visy, which must be included in the salary cap for the 2013 season.

The average player wage jumped from $237,388 to $251,559 in 2012, with overall player income reaching almost $174m when additional costs such as injury allowances, the veterans list and finals incentives were included.

In total, 51 players pocketed more than $500,000, up from 40 in 2011.

While just two players banked between $800,000 and $1 million and four between $700,000 and $800,000, 37 players earned between $500,000 and $700,000.

The most popular salary was between $100,000 and $200,000, with 199 players, while 170 received between $200,000 and $300,000.

Of the 725 players listed across the competition, just 21 earned less than $60,000.

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  1. PORKY PIG04:22pm Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    If Ablett and Scully are the highest paid players...one obviously doesn't have to produce reults to get the cash...From the bottom teams, WHAT A JOKE!

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  2. Walter K02:42pm Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Well deserved fellas. You have a huge following. The usual negative comments from the fringe of society which can only winge on their mediocrity (minus).

  3. Ln08:24am Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Nick Riewoldt 1 million april fools

  4. Glib07:45am Saturday 26th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    What an incredible waste of money.

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  5. michael11:07pm Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    the game is not even worth watching anymore as it's a business not a game at all - as with most sports today full of corruption and greed --is that what we want to instill into our kids.

  6. Darryl10:58pm Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    How much did Carlton pay for Chris Judd? He certainly hasn't been worth the Millions he got. Just another waste of money.

  7. Anthony10:43pm Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Folau and Hunt and Scully - all millionaires - all duds..............The AFL knows how to waste money BIG TIME.......... yet teams such as Western Bulldogs - North Melbourne - and Port Power to name a few are dying - and the AFL says to them - there is no money in the kitty........but the GWS will have got over 100 million in the next few years and the Lions keep on taking big money for not much to show......

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  8. MrJoba09:37pm Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Tom Scully will be the first millionaire player to be delisted!

  9. Red_Herring09:15pm Friday 25th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    They get paid for prancing around like poonces?

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