The six AFL clubs that call the Melbourne Cricket Ground home have won an unexpected financial windfall, with the Melbourne Cricket Club [MCC] to hand over significant match fees for their home games once the season restarts.
The Age reports that the venue's six tenants - Collingwood, Richmond, Melbourne, Hawthorn, Essendon and Carlton - will be paid between $150,000 and $200,000 for each home game they play at the MCG this year.
The deal was negotiated between MCC chief executive Stuart Fox and the AFL, and could deliver in excess of $[Aus]1 million for the likes of Collingwood, Richmond and Melbourne.
The new agreement will reportedly see the AFL pay a reduced ground management fee to the MCG, which the venue will then in turn pass on the majority of to the clubs.
While the revised draw is still to be completed and remains at the mercy of state borders opening up, it is expected the MCG will host between 30-35 games during the regular season.
The AFL will look at securing a similar deal for the game's Marvel Stadium tenants -- Western Bulldogs, St Kilda and North Melbourne -- while Essendon and Carlton would also further benefit from such a deal given they split their games between that venue and the MCG.