- End of round 8, and 2017 AFL crowds remain up 2% to 2,546,127 at an average if 35,363.
- AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has hailed the historic Shanghai match as a resounding success, saying the only negative was the one-sided result.
- Rucci: In the face of doubt and criticism, Port Adelaide Power has taken its brand — and that of the AFL — to China. Ports China game cost 4 million – the Power found 20 sponsors – including 12 in China.
- Port, which championed the idea of a game in China, has attracted $4 million and 12 new partners to the club, and created a vehicle for greater bilateral engagement, which was previously absent in the often prickly relationship between Canberra and Beijing.
- The successful staging of the inaugural home-and-away clash in Shanghai will not only encourage the AFL to persist with the venture, but could help lay the groundwork for the National Football League to blaze a trail.
- Suns administrators will conduct a thorough review of the China experiment in the coming weeks before announcing their intentions for next year
- The AFL is now supporting Chinese programs with $250,000 in funding and chief executive Gillon McLachlan is hoping they will give Australia’s indigenous game a toe-hold in China.
- The empty space on the back of the Melbourne jumper has finally been filled with insurance company iSelect signing a deal believed to worth a high six-figure sum to become the club’s co-principal partner until the end of next season.
- Port Adelaide has signedl a $3 million sponsorship deal with Chinese firm MJK International Holdings.
- Hawthorn has 9370 Tassie Hawks as part of its total club membership
- Almost 1.02 million fans came to the MCG in the first eight
@AFL rounds – an average of 53,664 per game. All in just 53 days!
- Foxfooty still #1 on STV – 5th week in a row, 6th out of 8 since seasons start
- Close of R12 of the Super Rugby Season, and Australian crowds are down 27% on 2016 to 12,356 (2016: 16,946). Note: no data for 4 matches