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. read more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The AFL Rookie and Preseason drafts were held in the first week of December. Only one player was taken in the preseason draft with Carlton officially selecting Jason Tutt, who quit the Western Bulldogs to join the Blues. Tutt played only seven games in 2014 and a total of 26 with the Dogs in four seasons.
Here is a club by club of the players selected in the Rookie draft. The number in front of the player name is the draft selection. In parentheses are his club, his height and his weight. read more »
by Johnson Leung reporting for AFANA from Melbourne
(updated 12/21/2014) Negotiations for the next AFL domestic broadcast rights deal have been postponed till 2015 as former League broadcaster and potential bidder Channel Ten considers several takeover offers. The AFL initially sought a broadcast deal that could last between five and ten years and bring in as much as A$3 billion for the period, however in November it told the market it valued the new deal at A$1.75 billion over five years. The current five-year, $1.253 billion broadcast deal (equivalent to US$1.37 billion at the time of announcement) with Channel Seven and Foxtel does not expire until the end of the 2016 season. However the AFL has repeatedly stated it is keen to complete a new agreement by the end of 2015, as the League cashes in on demand from the networks for live sports content. read more »
Two key witnesses for ASADA, Shane Charter and Nina Alavi, will be subpoenaed to appear before the Anti-Doping Tribunal to testify in the cases against Essendon players. Charter, a body-builder who was recently arrested for bringing unauthorized steroids into Australia, and compound pharmacist Alavi were both associated with Stephen Dank during his time at Essendon. Allegedly, Charter is said to have supplied Dank with compounds which Alavi was supposed to have prepared for Dank. Alavi claimed several months ago that Dank took a number of vials from him to another lab for preparation. Alavi also asserted that a letter - purportedly written by him stating the compounds were not banned substances - was a forgery after he refused Dank's request to write and sign such a letter. read more »
GWS has won an Australian Multicultural Marketing Award. The awards, recently held at the Sydney Opera House, annually recognize multicultural marketing, in particular organizations that "demonstrate vision, awareness, innovation and leadership in communications". read more »
The AFL has announced a major overhaul to the Tribunal and Match Review Panel (MRP) system which will see minor infractions incurring fines rather than demerit points and mandatory suspensions for 100 or more demerits. AFL General Manager Mark Evans said the Commission had approved a number of changes to the system, designed largely to simplify the understanding of the game’s judiciary process. Carry over demerit points will also be abandoned. read more »
Former Melbourne forward David Neitz has joined Hawthorn in a part time role as a specialist key position coach for the 2015 season. In an AFL career spanning 16 years (1993-2008), Neitz played 306 games, was twice named All Australian (1995, 2002), won the Coleman Medal and Melbourne's best and fairest award in 2002. He was also Melbourne’s leading goal kicker in seven seasons and the first Melbourne player to reach 300 games. He remains the Demons' longest serving captain.
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