THE SCALE of COVID-19 inflicted financial carnage on AFL players has been revealed, with the game's official accounts revealing just four footballers earned more than $900,000 from the 2020 season.
With a 29.17 per cent cut across the board due to the pandemic, Total Player Payments slumped to 2012 season numbers - $170 million in 2020 ($242m in 2019).
The average player wage for 2020 (698 players, rookie-listed players not included) was $260,000, a dramatic drop from the 2019 average ($363,000).
It is believed the four players on $900,000-plus in 2020 were Jeremy Cameron, Lance Franklin (who didn't play a game), Jack Martin, who after crossing from Gold Coast to Carlton had a very heavily front-ended deal, and Dustin Martin.
Cameron, now at Geelong, had a back-ended deal with Greater Western Sydney last year.
Nat Fyfe and Jeremy McGovern were also likely among the game's biggest earners in the COVID-19 hit season.
In the 2019 season, 16 players were paid $900,000 or more.
The 2020 Total Player Payment figures were released to clubs on Friday.
|2010 - 2020 Summary of AFL Player Earnings >> Scroll across|
|$0 - $60,000||9||1||1||0||0||0|
|$60,001 - $100,000||67||38||24||31||47||113|
|$100,001 - $200,000||153||152||159||166||165||189|
|$200,001 - $300,000||158||140||136||124||134||142|
|$300,001 - $400,000||91||148||145||123||124||131|
|$400,001 - $500,000||45||89||88||107||58||60|
|$500,001 - $600,000||9||53||49||48||38||40|
|$600,001 - $700,000||8||34||46||42||13||13|
|$700,001 - $800,000||2||23||24||29||4||4|
|$800,001 - $900,000||2||9||15||16||1||2|
|$900,001 - $1,000,000||4||11||10||7||1||2|
|$1,000,001 - $1,100,000||-||4||2||4||1||1|
|$1,100,001 - $1,200,000||-||3||1||3||1||1|
|NB: Details listed under heading "Played" relates only to Primary listed Players who participated in at least one senior match during the season.|
|Details listed under heading "Listed" includes all Primary Listed Players|
|Earnings are Total Player Earnings including ASA's.|
|In 2020, a decrease in player payments arose due to the 29.17% reduction in payments agreed with the AFLPA as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.|