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AFL salary cap rises by $570,000

By Chris Pike
10 October 2011 04:06PM EST

AFL clubs will get a seven per cent increase in their salary caps next season, after an agreement was reached between the league and Player’s Association.

Despite a bitter stand-off over the player’s pay deal for the next five years, the AFL today revealed that agreement had been reached on the TPP figure at $8.78 million per club.

That is an increase of seven per cent on the 2011 figure of $8.21million per club.

There is also a seven per cent increase to the player’s Additional Services Agreement to $613,000 per club, which allow players to perform promotions and marketing in conjunction with their club.

In addition, the base payment for rookies will be set at $41,400 for 2012 - an increase of 17 per cent.

The agreement could be seen as a slight thaw in the frosty relationship between the league and the AFLPA, after the bitter negotiation over the player’s pay deal.

The AFL insisted that October 10 was the date the TPP limit and ASA limit would be set, regardless of the progress of the CBA.

“We are pleased to have provided Clubs with the certainty they require for 2012,” AFL General Manager Football Operation Adrian Anderson said.

“We will continue negotiating with the AFLPA in order to finalise the remainder of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

Anderson released a memo sent to clubs last week which lambasted players over demands over travel and grand final tickets – while saying they remained split on fundamental issues.

"Despite being told that there are no further funds available, the AFLPA's latest proposal would require at least $20 million more money, split between the AFL and the clubs," Anderson said.

"There is no more money available for players."

The Players' Association's revised proposal would require an extra $20 million for demands that include:

- Players travel in either business, premium economy or exit row seats and, if not, must travel with two players to three seats meaning clubs pay for a number of empty seats each flight.

- Players to each have their own hotel room unless they request to share with another player, effectively doubling accommodation costs.

The league said the AFL and AFLPA “continue negotiations to finalise CBA”.

AFL Players' Association CEO Matt Finnis said the interim pay deal for the 2012 season was a good outcome for players and the game, and that the AFL Players' Association and the AFL were continuing to negotiate for a longer-term agreement.

“We are pleased with the agreement that we have reached with the AFL to provide a 7% increase in player payments for the 2012 season in addition to a 17% uplift in the minimum rookie wage," said Finnis.

“Today’s announcement will be welcomed by players on the basis that it provides certainty and a solid base for the AFL and the Players’ Association to resolve a more comprehensive, longer-term deal.”

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