- AFLW – Melbourne v Fremantle – 2,500 (est) at Casey Fields
- AFLW – GWS v bulldogs – 6,460 at Manuka Oval, Sat TV 7mate 145k (99k Metro Regional 46k)
- AFLW – Collingwood v Adelaide – 2,500 at Olympic Park
- AFLW – Carlton v Brisbane – 5,801 at Ikon Park
- Sat STV 27k 24k
- Sun STV 64k 54k
- AFL chief Gillon McLachlan has quashed speculation that the Grand Final could shift to a Sunday. “I can say definitely that it won’t be Sunday, and it’s ridiculous,” he told SEN Breakfast.
- FIVE days out from the AFL Women’s Grand Final, the history-making match is without a ground. Although a decision is expected Monday. Difficulties with Queensland Cricket – which has laid the blame for the delay at the feet pop of diva Adele and her fans – have led to a delay.
- SA’s Leigh Whicker wants the AFL Commission — that has not had an SA-based voice since Bob Hammond’s retirement in 2012 — to have state representatives, in particular one from Adelaide.
- Prices for standard food and drink items will be the same or lower compared with last year but Domain Stadium remains one of the most expensive in the AFL. A Western Sydney University study found last year that Domain Stadium sold the most expensive beer of 21 Australian sporting venues surveyed. This year a 425ml cup of Carlton Mid will set you back $8.50. Bundle your beer with a hot dog and you will be $15 out of pocket. The price of Cornetto ice creams has fallen from $5.50 to $5. Magnum ice-creams are also 50c cheaper at $5.50.
- Domain Stadium management will bid for the rights to host the International Rules series in November in an attempt to send the historic venue out on a high.
- Snapchat owner Snap Inc has signed a multi-year deal with the Australian Football League to produce “Our Stories” throughout for the competition and teams across the season. The crux of the deal is understood to be based on advertising revenue share. In it, Snapchat Our Stories will be put together by Snap, stitching together fan, athlete and league messages into one video. Each home stadium will also have geofilters.
- AFL clubs will enter the season with an equal salary cap for the first time in the history of the national competition after the extra salary cap space handed to Greater Western Sydney was wound back two years early.
- THE AFL is expecting fans to smash the single-round attendance record when the season explodes into life next week. League chiefs are predicting up to 400,000 people will pour through the turnstiles from Thursday night, blowing the old record — 371,212 in Round 15, 2013 — out of the water.
- The AFL today announced Musson Jewellers will produce 23 custom-made Premiership Rings for the winning team and coach.
- ETIHAD Stadium management is confident the turf will be up to AFL standard in time for round one, despite back-to-back concerts being held at the venue in the last fortnight.
- NRL – Melb v Bris – 16,634 at Aami Park, Thu STV 263k, Thu TV Nine/9Gem 904k Metro 554k (Syd 252k Bri 238k Mel 50k Ade 8k Per 5k) Regional 350k (Qld 149k Northern NSW 98k Southern NSW 84k)
- NRL – Canterbury v NZ – 10,238 at Forsyth Barr, Fri STV 156k
- NRL – Gold Coast v Parramatta – 11,612 at Cbus Super Stadium, Fri STV 216k, Fri TV Nine/9Gem 678k Metro 412k (Syd 205k Bri 160k) Regional 266k
- NRL – Newcastle v Souths – 15,212 at McDonald Jones Stadium, Sat STV 231k
- NRL – Penrith v Sydney – 11,044 at Pepper Stadium, Sat STV 255k
- NRL – Nth Qld v Manly – 14,763 at 1300 Smiles Stadium, Sat STV 226k
- NRL – Canberra v Wests – 14,628 at GIO Stadium, Sun STV 210k
- NRL – Cronulla v St George – 14,247 at Southern Cross Stadium, Sun STV 259k, Sun TV Nine/9Gem 540k (Metro 305k Regional 235k)
- Fox League was the dominant STV Channel this week, returning to number 1, with 7 of the top 10 sports broadcasts (the other 3 were cricket)
- Friday night’s trip to Queensland for the Parramatta Eels to take on the Gold Coast Titans failed to be a major attraction for Nine’s Sydney and Brisbane viewers on Friday night, with the NRL game failing to draw as big an audience as Seven News or Nine News in the two cities.
- Penn family doesn’t have numbers to oust Manly Sea Eagles chief executive Tim Cleary
- National Rugby League (NRL) team Sydney Roosters have renewed their longstanding partnership with poultry brand Steggles. The extended four-season deal will take the Roosters’ association with the brand to 12 consecutive seasons. Steggles will continue to be the team’s matchday and training shirt sponsor. In addition, the organisations will continue to work together on the Steggles Charity Nest, an initiative that has raised over AUD $2.5million (US$1.9 million) to support a range of children’s charities.
- Friday News Headlines – March 17th, 2017
- Tuesday News Headlines – March 22nd, 2017