They already have been on the bye round fixtures. Richmond v Geelong game this year.
Exactly right. To be the host broadcaster for these extra Thursday games, they’ll need to give up something they already have. I think they keep the public holiday/Thursday night’s at 11 and let the other Thursday nights go to Foxtel.
Seven are host broadcaster for 77 games, regardless of what airs.
For example, this season the only 5 city metro market that 7 aired 77 live games was Melbourne, the rest all showed more.
They could give up the Good Friday and/or Easter Monday games, neither of which seem to draw massive audiences anymore?
They should keep the Easter Monday game, always a great spectacle between Hawthorn and Geelong.
I heard that there will be a 1 day break between two rounds -(Easter and anzac round) next year. Not sure what to do with the front bar for Anzac round. Either have the frontbar with the Anzac round bonds to it or just not air this show on 23/4/2019.
Pre-record and show immediately after the ANZAC Eve game.
The Age columnist Caroline Wilson was on Sportsday on 3AW this evening and revealed some features of 2019 AFLW fixture (which will be released by the end of this week):
Seven will show a doubleheader every Saturday night (Fox Footy and/or Fox Sports will show every AFLW match live)
Seven will show the season opener at 6.30pm AEDT on Saturday, February 2, followed by a second game from WA featuring Fremantle. Wilson believes Carlton and Collingwood will not play in the season opener.
Wilson said that Seven and Fox Sports would sign a new two-year AFLW broadcast deal with the AFL, and would actually pay money for the contract (in the first two seasons, Seven and Fox Sports covered the costs of match broadcasts, with no licensing fee to be paid to the league in exchange).
Hasn’t this already been the case with 10 the only major network to put their top rating shows on that night?
It’s good that Seven will be showing two games a round - only having one game on FTA just wasn’t/isn’t enough for an establishing league like AFLW
Seven is showing an extra AFLW game every week because two new teams (Geelong and North Melbourne) will enter the competition next year, making it ten teams.
The addition of the new teams didn’t necessarily mean though Seven were going to increase their coverage. It’s great that it seemingly will be the case but it wasn’t guaranteed
The 2019 AFLW fixture was announced this morning. As previously announced, the ten teams have been divided into two conferences, called conference A and conference B. Each team plays seven regular season matches, four against their fellow conference competitors and three “cross-over” matches against teams from the other conference. The top two teams from each conference will qualify for a preliminary final (first in Conference A vs second in Conference B, and vice-versa) on March 23, with the winner of each progressing to the Grand Final on March 30.
Expansion clubs Geelong and North Melbourne won’t play each other at all until the finals.
After two years, Carlton will not kick off the new women’s season. Instead it will be Geelong hosting Collingwood at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday February 2 at 6.40pm AEDT. This will be followed by the premiers of the past two seasons, Adelaide and Western Bulldogs, facing off at Norwood Oval at 8.40pm AEDT.
EDIT: AFL head of women’s football Nicole Livingstone said at the fixture launch that the league was still talking to Seven and Foxtel regarding a new broadcast deal, and hoped the deal would be announced in two weeks’ time.
Herald Sun reports late tonight that the AFL will schedule two matches on Good Friday next year: North Melbourne v Essendon at 4.20pm AEST followed by West Coast v Port Adelaide at 8.10pm AEST. It will be a controversial move because in Melbourne, the night game will clash with Seven’s coverage of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal. While the Eagles-Port game will be shown on main channel in Adelaide and 7mate in Perth, it may be bumped to 7mate in Melbourne but it could still affect ratings for the evening gala and donations for the RCH Appeal.
The full 2019 fixture will be released on Thursday, November 1 at midday AEDT.
EDIT: article link added
I imagine the second game will be a Foxtel exclusive.
After all, they aren’t allowed to show more than 5 games on FTA in any market during any round.
7 will have Easter Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sat night, Easter Sun arvo, Easter Monday into Melbourne.
RCH Good Friday Appeal is an institution and for HSV-7, 101% will that second AFL game be bumped or expect pitch forks and torches.
My immediate thought too.
It’s a logical conclusion to come to really!
I think Seven Melbourne will have Easter Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday night and Easter Monday.
Or given it’s Good Friday, nails and a cross.