No Good Friday Footy?

Aussie rules, that is, on recommendation of Bishop Les Tomlinson of Melbourne.

I don’t know enough about my Down Under friends to determine if this request will be considered, dismissed, or possibly even accepted. I suspect an effort to “fast” from sport at American Catholic schools on Good Friday would have more of an uphill battle in some places. What do you think?

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to No Good Friday Footy?

  1. Peregrinus says:

    The bishop’s comments relate not to football in Catholic schools, or to football in schools generally, but to professional football.

    Just to give some context, up to now the various professional leagues have not scheduled games on Good Friday. I suspect that the pressure for change comes not from players or even fans, but from the broadcasters. Good Friday is the first day of a four-day public holiday weekend in Australia, and televised football games attract enormous audiences and command high advertising premiums. They’d very much like to be broadcasting games every day of the weekend, rather than just three days. Some of the clubs would welcome it, too – gates are lower when fixtures overlap.

  2. RP Burke says:

    When I was a lad, major league baseball never played on Good Friday. How times have changed: a few years ago, Red Sox fans asked for dispensation on Good Friday for Opening Day, and were refused.

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