Those working towards a second division ‘Championship’ - set to start in 2021 - believe streaming of matches could supercharge the league’s profile as work continues on the league's finer details.
The league, in this case, would need its own digital teams to collaborate with a production house to produce the live streams. This costs money.
Coverage could become part of a bundle with an established telco, such as the Optus or Telstra app. But again, the product must be produced by someone and that costs money.
The FFA Cup has been live streamed by Fox Sports in the past. And Football Victoria is another prime example of streaming football.
Since 2017, NPL Victoria has enjoyed great success with Facebook Live and simulcasts on YouTube using their own in house digital producers in collaboration with streaming providers.
Streaming, broadcasting and a myriad of other questions remain as the finer points of the league continue to be discussed and debated.
Issues such as the broader financial model, who manages the league and how to mesh the calendar in relation to a club promoted from a winter NPL (finishing in September) to a summer Championship continue to be thrashed out.
With that in mind, Krayem didn’t rule in or out a winter Championship.
“It could be [NPL promotion] for the following year. The feedback so far with the clubs has been a preference for a summer Championship.
“Nothing is 100% across the line. You can’t rule out anything at this stage.
“But everyone agrees there needs to be a promotion and relegation between the second and third tiers.”
Krayem also agrees that without powerful backing from FFA board member Remo Nogarotto, the Championship may well still be stuck on the grid.
The FFA-endorsed Second Division Working Group, headed up by Nogarotto, with Krayem as its deputy chair, believe their day will arrive with patience being the key.
“I don’t know if we’d be in the position we are today if the board hadn’t changed. I didn’t have to convince Remo, he’s always been a believer in a second division,” said Krayem.