The Seven Network is revisiting the idea of an AFL-based variety show to complement its AFL rights acquisition.
Despite its failure with The Bounce last year, Seven is reportedly re-thinking its desire to have a primetime AFL show.
Whilst Nine has had success with The Footy Show and TEN’s Before the Game, Seven has been unable to succees with a primetime show, despite having AFL rights. ONE recently added more footy analysis and even ABC had picked up community TV show Marngrook Footy Show.
Last year it belatedly staged some primetime editions of AFL Game Day in the Finals season, hitched to the Ben Cousins documentary. It has previously staged Live and Kicking and The Game.
Seven’s Melbourne General Manager, Lewis Martin, told the Herald Sun, “We’re always prepared to have a go. There are a lot of upsides to going live,” Martin said.
Martin would also not rule out buying an existing program such as Before the Game -although two of those regulars, Mick Molloy and Ryan Fitzgerald begin with Nine this week in the new sports panel show, Between the Lines whilst remaining with TEN.
FOX Sports callers Brian Taylor and David King, and members of TEN’s commentary team, could also be poached to front an expanded team.
Meanwhile Seven confirms it will show the Round 8 Friday night top-of-the-ladder clash Geelong versus Collingwood live into Melbourne from 7.30pm.
“This match promises to be an epic first versus second clash featuring two great in-form clubs in front of a huge MCG crowd,” said Martin.
Friday May 13
Geelong v Collingwood from MCG
Melbourne 7.30pm Live
Saturday May 14
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