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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 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 SaturdayFirst 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. 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  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   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. ( 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


We have confirmed this!   In fact, it's better for and TSN. ca viewers:

8:00 to 10:30 PM EDT: Season in Review / Grand Final Day from the MCG
10:30 to 11:30 PM EDT: Grand Final Preview
11:30 PM -12:00 MN EDT: Pre-Match Entertainment featuring performance by Meat Loaf

We have updated our TV schedules page and I will update the above article soon.  We will also note this in our annual GF "timeline" to be published Wednesday.

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Posted by Rob (not verified) on September 26, 2011

I wonder if another option is available. TSN also owns/runs ESPN Classic Canada which is available on most cable systems. ESPN Classic Canada only shows replays of old sports matches so it shouldn't be an issue of a conflict. A couple of years ago when ESPN2 couldn't accomodate a live broadcast this option was used in the States. Could this be used in Canada?

@Rob:  We'll add that as an option but we think "joined in progress" and slightly delayed on are also options plus as noted below.

@Joe:  We'll attempt to confirm that but it could be good news.   We want TSN to tell us directly so there is no doubt before we post it to the article and our TV pages.  We've been burned several times this and prior seasons already by erroneous info on and on the TSN schedules though it has been better of late.


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Posted by Ryan (not verified) on September 28, 2011

Hey guys, an Australian exchange student in Peterborough in Canada. I have no TV and don't want to go to a bar if I don't have to. Is it correct in saying that I can watch the grand final on live from 11.30PM on Friday? Very confused by it all. Any info would be life-saving. Go cats!

Hi Ryan,

Yes, that's correct.  In fact, you can watch the Ch. 10 coverage beginning at 8:00 PM EDT right through to 4:00 AM on

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