- BRISBANE are in negotiations with the Tasmanian Government to sell a home AFLW game next season. The Lions stand to reap $100,000 from the deal which would see a game shifted from Brendale to York Park in Launceston. The Tasmanian Government sees the deal with Brisbane as a way to increase interest in the women’s competition ahead of the Roos’ potential entry in 2019.
- West Coast Eagles have signed a three-year renewal of their longstanding sponsorship deal with insurance group SGIO, a partner of the Australian rules football club since 1987
- Port Adelaide have entered into a new principal partnership with data solutions provider Pernix. The partnership is expected to give Port Adelaide better insight to its Australian rules football and athletics programmes through innovative data science.
- A leaked draft contract for the new Perth Stadium reveals that only 7000 general admission tickets will be available for AFL games — 3000 fewer than promised by the former State government.
- Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver says he will resign immediately from his position at Tuesday’s emergency general meeting if everyone in the room agrees he is no longer the right man for the job.
- FANS will be able to purchase special early-bird tickets to the 2017 NRL grand final from $45 for members and $65 for the general public at the end of June. Members from all clubs will be able to take advantage of the special early-bird prices from $45 for adults, $40 for children and $130 for families.
- State of Origin is the $500 million monster that is devouring the National Rugby League. The home-and-away competition needs to be shortened by a month with all three Origin matches played on standalone weekends, says Andrew Webster.
- THE NRL has been forced to apply for a $30 million bank loan to pay for club funding agreements it could never afford. After 18 months of negotiations, commission chairman John Grant eventually guaranteed the clubs $13 million a year in annual grants at a cost of more than $1 billion over the five years of the broadcasting deal. Yet the NRL bean counters quickly discovered they won’t have the money when the first club instalments are due to be handed out in November.
- The boss of Perth’s new stadium has voiced his ultimate ambition to steal cricket’s crown jewel — the Boxing Day Test — away from the MCG.