There are those who believe there should be sport on ANZAC Day and those who don’t. Good arguments on both sides. Yes, there should be, because that’s what those guys fought for (freedom). No, because football just makes the day all part of another holiday.
I’m in the second camp. My logic also extends to football on Good Friday. These are two days should be used for reflection: something most of us don’t do much of these days.
Why do we need sport every damn day of the year?
Call me cynical, but it really comes down to dollars. Sure, the football codes talk about reverence (and they do the pomp and ceremony well) but the bottom line is it’s a marketing opportunity.