I'm guilty of the first sentence, AJF!
People who constructively elucidate issues as to why football is declining are fine.
It is some who take delight in laughing at any failure of our national teams, and, club teams in the ACL that is the issue.
My decline in interest in the HAL, is because Gallop and Lowly knocked back an excellent bid for a team in my neck of the woods.
It is more to do with Fox running football in Oz, and their overlord, Murdoch ( who has induced me to become a political activist against everything he stands for) who dictate where football will be played that is my grievance.
I'd have also been much keener on the HAL if a new bid had included an established NPL club like South Melb, SU, Melb Knights, ( to see if it works) or/and a regional club, like Canberra. If not Tassie at least give the ACT a go, or Wollongong.
If you are correct that MV and Roar only drew 19 000 spectators, football is struggling even more than I thought.
I blame mismanagement, ego and vendettas, at the highest level football governance for destroying the game in the last four years.
Sadly, we've already seen in in the Tony Labozzetta era in the NSL.