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Industry News – Weekend Update – Sunday, June 25th, 2017

AFL THURSDAY night football has proven a ratings winner for Channel Seven, with an average of 731,000 free-to-air viewers switching on to its seven games in the timeslot this season. The delicate art sports sponsorships: AFL star Matthew Pavlich on the balancing act RICHMOND and Greater Western Sydney are pushing to…



The Great Call of China

China. Its a country just a little bit to the North of us that has more than one billion people living in it. As such, its a huge market for Australian leagues and sporting clubs to tap into. Recently, to some fanfare the AFL and Port Adelaide Power announced the…


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NRL announces Facilities Fund

The NRL today announced a new funding program to support rugby league facilities beyond its traditional strongholds of Queensland and New South Wales. The National Footy Facilities Fund is an initiative of the National Rugby League and assists existing and new clubs to improve the quality, availability and standard of…


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AFL Womens competition – Where we are at now

On Feburary 24, 2015 the AFL revealed ambitious plans for national women’s competition as early as 2017, along with a review of its second tier operations. News Limited reported that women’s football is taking off in Victoria, with 52 senior women’s teams in seven divisions and plans for massive expansion…



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[AFL] Axios Euro Cup 2015

The football season in Australia may be over, but the International footy continues with various nationals and international tournaments being played overseas over the next few weeks. The USAFL Nationals are coming, as are the Asian championships – but this weekend we have the AFL Europe Axios Euro Cup. The…


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AFL must cash in on soccer rip-off

Jake Niall describes the differences between Australian football and Soccer at a cost level, and says that the AFL has a distinct advantage in The Age. But there was a minor minus – a small cough – when we received an invoice for the season’s fees. It was just under…


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ARU records 6.3m deficit to keep rebels afloat

The Australian is reporting that the Australian Rugby Union has returned a 6.3 million deficit for 2014 including 3.3 million spent keeping the Melbourne Rebels afloat. The Australian also says that participation in WA and Victoria hasnt justified the inclusion of those teams in the Super Rugby sphere. Overall participation…


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Stuart calls for NRL support in battle with AFL and ACT government

Fairfax media reports that Raiders coach Ricky Stuart wants better NRL support in what he refers to as a football battleground of Canberra. “What interested me on the weekend was witnessing the relationship the ACT Government has with the AFL hierarchy in pulling together and promoting the recent GWS fixture…