Seven AFL Coverage

Doubt it, it’ll be covered as part of the tourism money that the game is called locally.

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Not really Seven related, but interesting that Darwin can attract a big name VIC team but Tasmania can’t?

$$$$ ?

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Yep. $ talks, also is socially a good thing to be associated over not much that Tasmania provides in that regard.

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Traditionally, Tasmania attracts the lower-drawing teams that Hawthorn and North Melbourne wouldn’t be expected to draw a big crowd against in Melbourne.

As an example, Hawthorn hosts GWS in the Apple Isle in round 13. If that match had been played in Melbourne, there’s no way they would attract more than 25,000 at either the MCG or Marvel Stadium.

However, I do know St Kilda has a good following in Tasmania and they frequently request to play either the Hawks or Roos in the state.

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7’s got a good & different to normal promo for the indigenous round.

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Herald Sun reports the fixture for round 16-23 will be released tomorrow (Tuesday May 14).

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I was going to assume Essendon might be the team rewarded with prime time or key timeslots, given the season-to-date performance and current Top 4 position, surprising everyone and sure enough the Herald Sun story confirms this and is leading with it.

Wonder which team(s) then have dropped out of prime slot contention?

You’d have to imagine Brisbane, St Kilda, Western Bulldogs and Gold Coast.
Wouldn’t be surprised if Collingwood, Fremantle, Carlton and Melbourne have one or two taken away, in favour of Sydney and Geelong as well.

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Im still not the biggest fan of Thursday night Footy (for both AFL and NRL), but i do understand why its there. TV ratings. At least its there for at least half the season, particularly the first half, and not there for the whole season.

Next season 7 will have Thurs Night, Fri Night and Sun Arvo and Saturday Night from Round 15-24. Big games will go to these timeslots with a blockbuster Sunday arvo match at 3.20pm

I would see the 3.20pm match move to 3.10pm next year. Never a fan of the 3.20pm timeslot

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Apparently AFL will have full control over scheduling of games as part of the new deal (i.e. Seven can’t demand that all Sunday games they show be at 3:20pm, etc), so maybe the AFL will schedule some games in timeslots more popular with fans.

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I don’t think that’s confirmed yet. And given they aren’t doing Thursday nights again this season until the finals, I don’t know if the AFL will do it next season, maybe 2026.

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Broadcast live and free nationally on the Seven Network and 7+ digital will be AFL on Thursday nights, Friday nights, selected Saturday nights, Sunday afternoons, Marquee matches, the Brownlow Medal, all AFL Finals and the AFL Grand Final.

  • The first 15 rounds of the AFL Premiership Season to feature Thursday night matches on the Seven Network and 7+ digital
  • Saturday night matches in the last eight rounds
  • All marquee matches will be live and free (Dreamtime, Anzac Eve, Anzac Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday and Queen’s Birthday) plus at least three additional marquee matches - such as the season opener and Queen’s Birthday Eve.

I think the addition of Gather Round (and Opening Round I guess) might change the numbers though.

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The AFL revealed the Round 16-23 fixture at 12.30pm AEST. The second grand final rematch between Collingwood and Brisbane is a Saturday twilight match and will be shown on Fox Footy plus 7mate in Queensland.

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West Coast vs Gold Coast in Round 21 is a Fox exclusive Friday night game as part of a double header with Western Bulldogs vs Melbourne.

It will air in local markets so not exclusive

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7AFL heads to Darwin for historic Sir Doug Nicholls Round

Massive fortnight of footy live and free on Seven

Footy fans will be treated to a massive two weekends of the AFL’s Sir Doug Nicholls Round live and free on Seven, headlined by the marquee Dreamtime blockbuster between traditional rivals Richmond and Essendon next Saturday night.

A mainstay of the AFL calendar, the 2024 Sir Doug Nicholls Round will celebrate the theme “Spirit Strong, Game On”, which recognises the resilience and strength of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Kicking off in the Top End with Thursday night’s Gold Coast SUNS v Geelong Cats clash at TIO Stadium in Darwin, Seven’s team will broadcast live from the ground at 7.00pm AEST, with Darwin-born Shaun Burgoyne behind the microphone, alongside Alister Nicholson, Luke Darcy, Joel Selwood and Erin Phillips.

Then, on Friday Night Footy, football’s #1 commentary team will head to the SCG as the ladder-leading Sydney Swans host Carlton in the annual Marn Grook game, from 7.00pm AEST live and free on Channel 7 and 7mate.

The following matches round out Seven’s coverage of the first week of Sir Doug Nicholls Round:

  • Saturday, 18 May: Brisbane Lions v Richmond at The Gabba, 7.00pm AEST live on Channel 7 and 7mate
  • Sunday, 19 May: Yartapuulti (Port Adelaide) v Hawthorn at Adelaide Oval, 3.00pm AEDT live on Channel 7 and 7mate

Before the on-field action kicks off, everyone’s favourite footy show The Front Bar will return at 9.00pm tonight on Channel 7 and 7plus, where resident hosts Andy Maher, Mick Molloy and Sam Pang will be joined by one of the Northern Territory’s most revered and respected footballers, Michael “Magic” McLean.

Following The Front Bar, footy fans can stay tuned to Seven as co-hosts James Brayshaw, Trent Cotchin, Joel Selwood and Tim Watson deliver their take on the week’s biggest talking points in Talking Footy, alongside 7NEWS Melbourne’s Mitch Cleary.

Trent Cotchin will put Richmond under the microscope this week, off the back of a 91-point loss to the Western Bulldogs in Round 9, while his fellow co-hosts analyse if the Bombers really have what it takes to head deep into September.

Following an epic Round 10, Sir Doug Nicholls Round will continue next week, headlined by the historic Dreamtime at the ‘G match on Saturday, 25 May, live from 7.00pm AEST on Channel 7 and 7mate.

Seven’s Dreamtime team will include three-time Brisbane Lions premiership player Chris Johnson and Indigenous games-record holder Shaun Burgoyne, alongside 10-time Dreamtime at the ‘G player, Jobe Watson, Luke Darcy and Jason Bennett.

Managing Director of Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, Lewis Martin said: “There are few more meaningful moments in the AFL Premiership Season than the annual Sir Doug Nicholls Round.

“The next two weeks is about far more than just the game. It’s a chance to reflect and celebrate the undeniable impact of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander players on our great game.

“With four epic contests over four days, all before an unbelievable second week headlined by the Dreamtime at the ‘G, you do not want to miss a moment of the action, right here on Seven, Your Home of Footy,” he said.

Six AFL clubs will swap their club’s name for traditional in-language names across Sir Doug Nicholls Round, including:

  • Melbourne: Narrm (pronounced na-arm)

  • Fremantle: Walyalup (pronounced wul-yul-up)

  • Port Adelaide: Yartapuulti (pronounced Yarta–pole-tee)

  • St Kilda: Euro-Yroke (pronounced yoo-roe yoo-roe-ck)

  • Adelaide: Kuwarna (pronounced goo-wun-na)

  • West Coast Eagles: Waalitj Marawar (pronounced wah-litch mara-wah)

Throughout Rounds 10 and 11, all 18 AFL clubs will wear specially designed SDNR jumpers, while all AFL Umpires will wear dedicated uniforms celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. The iconic Sherrin football for the 2024 Sir Doug Nicholls Round has been designed by Ben Nabea Davis, a proud Torres Strait Islander man from Saibai and Waiben Islands who grew up in Maroubra, Sydney. The word “Sherrin” will be replaced on one panel with Koethuka Kakur which is the Kala Kawaw Ya (Saibai Island dialect) translation for “ball”.

The 2024 season marks the 18th year the AFL has held the dedicated round and the ninth year it has been named in honour of Sir Doug Nicholls.

To mark the Round, fans can tune into the 7plus AFL hub for archival content celebrating the most iconic moments of previous Sir Doug Nicholls Rounds.


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According to the above press release, Gold Coast and Geelong are playing two nights in a row. Boy, I hope somebody got fired for that blunder.

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Why would you want someone to lose their job over a little mistake?

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It’s a Simpsons joke.

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