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First TV Coverage for 2015 Posted
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by admincms — Fri, 01/16/2015 - 4:28pm — Last Updated: Mon, 02/23/2015 - 12:36am

We've begun to post the first TV schedule listings for the 2015 AFL season with the initial NAB Challenge matches on Fox Soccer Plus (FSP). Over the next few days and weeks we will be adding additional matches, coverage on other networks as it comes in, and updating our TV coverage pages. We do not expect any significant changes to the coverage in North America from what we had in 2014. More news will be added to this post as needed. Update 2/23/15: We have added schedules for WatchAFL and Australia Plus. Coverage on WatchAFL is free during the preseason NAB Challenge. No other North American networks except FSP, WatchAFL, and A+ are covering the preseason.  read more »

Essendon Contingency Plans
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by Lisa Albergo — Mon, 02/16/2015 - 7:15am — Last Updated: Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:50am

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

February 9 to12, 2015
After a week of uncertainty and speculation, Essendon will field a team in the NAB Cup preseason games. It was rumored that the Bombers might boycott the preseason games, a “one in, all in” scenario. This boycott was for several potential reasons. The first was to protect the anonymity of the “supplements” players (provisionally suspended while the Tribunal considers its decision and ASADA's refusal to leave the suspensions backdated if the players took part in the NAB Challenge). The players involved wanted the suspensions backdated to when they last played in September of 2014.  As a result, they dropped their request to have the provisional suspensions lifted by the AFL Commission which has the power to do so. Bombers Dustin Fletcher and Jobe Watson are already at risk of losing part of the backdating due to the AFL allowing them to play in the International Rules Series late in 2014.  read more »

Match Review Panel Overhaul
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by Lisa Albergo — Mon, 02/16/2015 - 6:24am — Last Updated: Thu, 02/19/2015 - 8:59am

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

At the end of the 2014 season, the AFL reviewed the format and operation of the Match Review Panel and made some sweeping changes. In an effort to bring a more game-savvy view to infractions, four new members have been appointed to the panel. They are recently retired players Luke Ball and Brad Sewell as well as past players Daniel Harford, Nathan Burke and Michael Christian. Christian and Harford have enjoyed success in the media. Burke has been a regular columnist for the magazine Inside Football for several years as well as a board member at St Kilda for the past seven years.  read more »

League Commissioner Appointed New Victorian Governor
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by johnson — Fri, 02/13/2015 - 9:20pm — Last Updated: Tue, 02/17/2015 - 4:39am

by Johnson Leung reporting for AFANA from Melbourne

AFL Commissioner and former Family Court judge Linda Dessau will become the first female Governor of Victoria in July this year. A passionate Essendon fan, Dessau was the founding chair of the Essendon Women's Network in 1997 before joining the AFL Commission in 2008, and was involved in dealing with the Bombers' drugs scandal. She was a Justice of the Family Court of Victoria from 1995 to 2013, and had also been a Magistrate in the Children's Court, Coroner's Court and the Melbourne Magistrates' Court, a barrister at the Victorian Bar, and Senior Crown Counsel in Hong Kong. Dessau is a Patron of the Epilepsy Foundation and food recycling charity One Umbrella. She also serves on the board of the Melbourne Arts Festival and is a Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for her service to the judiciary and the community.
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Essendon Preseason In Limbo
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by Lisa Albergo — Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:23pm — Last Updated: Wed, 02/04/2015 - 10:44am

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Essendon's preseason campaign could be non-existent with up to 18 players on provisional suspensions while the Anti-Doping hearings continue. The Bombers' first NAB Cup game is scheduled for March 7 but the case may not be concluded for several weeks after that. If found guilty, the players could have their sanctions backdated to their last game in September 2014. The club has been in talks with the AFL, which has the power to lift those suspensions to allow the players to compete. Essendon chairman Paul Little said it was unclear whether or not such a move would impact the ability of a player to use this time against a potential sanction in the event of a guilty verdict. He said the club continues to work with "all relevant parties" to clarify the situation and reach a "satisfactory outcome for our players as quickly as possible.”  read more »

Hird Loses Case As ASADA Adjourns
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by Lisa Albergo — Fri, 01/30/2015 - 4:14pm — Last Updated: Fri, 01/30/2015 - 7:49pm

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James Hird has had his appeal against the ASADA-AFL investigation denied, with the judge stating that the players "had suffered no unfairness in the way ASADA conducted its interviews" and that there was nothing unlawful in ASADA using the power of the AFL to assist in the investigation. Justice Susan Kenny also based her decision on the fact that the players volunteered to be interviewed and that the information they gave was done so with both ASADA and the AFL present during the interviews. Her statement said in part, "the appeal fails because the appellant failed to show that the investigation conducted by ASADA in cooperation with the AFL was not authorized by the ASADA Act". She also ordered Hird to pay all court costs, estimated to be $500,000.  read more »

AFL Life Memberships
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by Lisa Albergo — Mon, 01/26/2015 - 5:59am — Last Updated: Mon, 02/02/2015 - 8:57am

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

The annual presentation of AFL Life Memberships will take place during the League's AGM in March. Of the 13 candidates, ten automatically qualified during the 2014 season by reaching the 300 game milestone in their careers. The  ten are Jimmy Bartel, Leon Cameron, Kane Cornes, Dean Cox, Nick Dal Santo, Corey Enright, Nick Riewoldt, Brenton Sanderson, Justin Schmitt and Brad Scott. Life Membership was also recommended under the provision of "Special Service to the Game" to long-time club administrators Graeme Allan, Greg Miller and former AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.  read more »

AFL Could Face Player Lawsuits
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by Lisa Albergo — Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:35am — Last Updated: Wed, 12/24/2014 - 9:54am

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Former Bomber Nathan Lovett-Murray is set to file a civil suit against the AFL as a result of the Essendon supplements saga, regardless of the outcome of the ASADA hearings. Currently playing for a local club, he is one of the 34 players who may or may not have been injected with Thymosin beta-4. Like the others, he could be facing a two year ban if the hearings rule in favor of ASADA.  read more »

Charter Meets Bombers And Comments On ASADA
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by Lisa Albergo — Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:30am — Last Updated: Thu, 12/25/2014 - 8:49pm

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

As ASADA was going to court in an effort to coerce Shane Charter and Nima Alavi to appear at the Anti-Doping Tribunal, reports broke that ASADA had considered offering Charter a job and possibly recommending him for a position with an NRL anti-doping campaign. Other ideas discussed internally were to recruit Charter to educate athletes on the dangers of doping or as an informant. However, nothing came of these ideas after ASADA checked with authorities as Charter is still facing multiple drug trafficking charges. It is believed the offers were considered in an effort to convince Charter to testify at the Tribunal.  read more »

Essendon Tribunal Begins Without Witnesses
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by Lisa Albergo — Fri, 12/19/2014 - 9:23am — Last Updated: Wed, 12/24/2014 - 9:49am

by Lisa Albergo reporting for AFANA from Chicago

Just days before the ASADA Tribunal case against the "Essendon 34" was to begin, they were in the Supreme Court in an effort to have subpoenas issued for Shane Charter and Nima Alavi to appear at the Tribunal hearings. That request was denied. ASADA's request was based on their contention that the pair were relevant witnesses in their case against the players. ASADA attorney Dan Star argued that the AFL had a commercial relationship with the clubs and the players, thus making the case an arbitration under the Commercial Arbitration Act. He also argued that it was Charter who supplied the banned Thymosin beta-4 and that Alavi prepared it for Stephen Dank who administered it to the players. An attorney for the AFL said the League wanted to question Charter and Alavi regarding the allegations that they did supply Dank with the banned peptide.  read more »

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