AFL declines twilight replay
The AFL has declined a request from the Seven Network to air the AFL Grand Final replay at twilight. And no replay in HD yet...
The AFL has declined a request from the Seven Network to air the AFL Grand Final replay at twilight.
AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou told 3AW this morning the League had opted to repeat the conditions of the match from last weekend.
In doing so it misses an opportunity to trial the big game at twilight when it would have delivered primetime ratings. The NRL match next weekend begins at 5pm in Sydney, a better result for the Nine Network.
Seven will replay the game live around the country on its primary channel.
At this stage there are no plans for either an HD broadcast or an upscaled simulcast on 7mate. TV Tonight hears that there has been a scramble to access HD equipment, in competition with NRL, cycling and even the Commonwealth Games.
Seven will air AFL Game Day on the morning of the match, but hasn’t scheduled its Thursday night Game Day Prime Time, which thus far has delivered disappointing ratings. Nine has regrouped for another Footy Show edition on Thursday despite wrapping the season last week.
This will be the first Grand Final rematch since 1977.
Saturday October 2
Host Bruce McAvaney, and expert commentary from Dennis Cometti, Leigh Matthews, Tom Harley Tim Watson, Matthew Richardson and Brad Johnson.
10am LIVE Perth
11.30am LIVE Adelaide
12pm LIVE Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane
AFL Game Day
Host Hamish McLachlan then leads AFL Game Day Sunday at 10am with panellists AFL Legend Leigh Matthews and dual premiership captain Tom Harley.
Sunday October 3
10am Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth
10am Sydney, Brisbane on 7TWO