F1 Grand Prix organisers are reported to have settled on a 5pm start and for the race to stay in Melbourne until 2015. There were demands for a full-scale night-time race.
Meanwhile the AFL says it expects Channels 7 and 10 to push for a twilight Grand Final before their contract to broadcast footy expires.
AFL boss Andrew Demetriou told the Herald Sun, “I think they would be looking at a five o’clock start to finish at 7.30.”
“I know that between now and the end of the broadcast agreement (2011), we will be asked about it (a twilight Grand Final) again.
“If and when that occurs . . . we will consider it then.
Demetriou said the AFL opposed a night Grand Final, but added: “Our view on the twilight Grand Final is (that it is) something we said we wouldn’t do this year. Our view hasn’t changed, but you have to anticipate what is coming up.
“The broadcasters are paying a very substantial amount of money for the rights, and they have been very good,” he said.