ESPN3 and ESPN2 in the USA will carry the Grand Final between Collingwood and Geelong LIVE on Friday night / Saturday morning, September 30th / October 1st. US coverage on ESPN3.com will begin at 8:00 PM EDT Friday including most pre-match festivities; Coverage will continue until 4:00 AM EDT Saturday concluding after the awards ceremony. ESPN2 will join the live coverage in progress with the pre-game at 12:00 MN (Midnight) EDT and continue until 3:30 AM EDT Saturday. First bounce is about 12:30 AM EDT. Canadian coverage on TSN (not TSN2) will be joined in progress at 1:30 AM EDT and run to 4:00 AM. The entire Grand Final will be repeated on delay at 11:30 AM on TSN on October 1st and conclude at 3:30 PM. TSN.ca will have live coverage beginning at 11:30 PM EDT. through to 4:00 AM. If you have no access to any of the preceding options, the game will be live on LiveAFL.tv. If available to you, then you can signup at (removed -obsolete). Fans should check our TV Schedule page for details on the coverage and our TV Info page for more information on ESPN3, ESPN2, TSN, TSN2, and TSN.ca. For those looking for parties, see our listings on our Grand Final Party page. We have a timeline of Grand Final Day events posted here. (Note: the only live coverage in North America is via these outlets and they are available nationally via cable and satellite services -- see our TV Info page.)
ATTN: Canadian Fans:
(Update: 9/29/11: TSN has now added coverage on TSN (not TSN2) joined in progress at 1:30 AM EDT through to 4:00 PM. The full Grand Final will be aired on repeat beginning at 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM.) TSN has advised the AFL and AFANA that they will not be airing the Grand Final live on TSN2! They already have a live CFL game and live coverage of the Rugby World Cup (ironically the match involves Australia). TSN Networks have a obligation to air the Grand Final live and is not honoring that commitment. We encourage party organizers and fans to contact TSN and let them know you want the big game live. At this point, TSN (not TSN2) will have the Grand Final on tape delay on October 1st at 11:30 AM EDT. Ask them to provide an over the air live feed of the match. (TSN.ca will have full live coverage via the internet.) Please do so in a polite and civil manner and remember that they may not share your unlimited love for Aussie rules. Their obligation is to a Canadian audience not an Australian one (ex-pat or otherwise) so the object is to convince them this is important to a Canadian audience. Your party is evidence of that! AFANA recommends telephone and fax communications not merely e-mails to Audience Relations. Time is too short for e-mail and it is too easily ignored. We will update this post if there are any last minute developments and also post to our Facebook page - link to the right, top of inside column.
Article last changed on Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 3:24 PM EDT