This week on the Good Read as the footy finals start  David talks with award-winning author Elliot Cartledge and his new book Footy‘s Revolution 

The AFL now dominates the national sporting landscape like no other code – more than 3.5 million viewers tuned in for the 2017 AFL Grand Final.

From humble beginnings, AFL is now played in supersized stadia from Brisbane to Perth, Sydney to Adelaide, with Melbourne steadfastly clinging to its ‘spiritual home’ status. The AFL has become a genuine national force, with round-the-clock news and opinions, and spectators watching every move, both on and off the field.

In Footy‘s Revolution award-winning author Elliot Cartledge looks at the game’s massive changes since the advent of the national competition – the controversies, stars, tactics, extraordinary growth and the highs and lows as it hurtled into the twenty-first century.

As footy shook off its VFL suburban shackles, sponsorship flooded in, old grounds were swept aside and themed rounds became the norm, Indigenous players rose in prominence and women’s footy came to the fore. Many of the original Victorian clubs faced a precarious future as the game was ruthlessly rationalised, nationalised and marketed to a new generation.

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From night football to drug scandals, salary caps, ‘franchise’ teams and media proliferation, it has not been an easy ride. Cartledge poses the question: what has been lost and what has been gained along the way?

Footy‘s Revolution is a must read book on the game’s recent and controversial history, packed with overviews, snapshots, analysis and first-hand accounts from coaches, players and commentators on the AFL’s remarkable ascent and the issues which accompanied it.