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
The AFL will formally start negotiations for the next domestic broadcast rights deal, that could last between five and ten years and bring in as much as A$3 billion for the period. 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. Discussions opened in November, after Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan returned from a short post-season break in early October, and took his plan for the ten year deal to the AFL Commission. Once it is approved, the League will issue tender documents to the commercial networks (Seven, Channel Nine and Channel Ten) and Foxtel. 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.
The AFL draft was held on November 27. Here is a club by club list of all the new faces. The number before the name is the player's draft number. In parentheses are the club he played for followed by his height and weight. The profiles are a summation of information from afl.com.au and Inside Football. read more »
(Update: 11/25/14: Fox Soccer Plus has added live coverage of the AFL Draft to its schedule. See our TV Schedule page for details. Update: 11/27/14 12:10 AM EST: FSP has the draft listed on their schedules 24 hrs later than we believe it actually takes place. We are not sure what they will air.) For US fans, there will be live coverage of the International Rules match between the AFL and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Coverage of Australia v Ireland will begin at 4:30 AM US EST from Perth on Saturday November 22nd. Both Fox Soccer Plus and WatchAFL will carry the match live. (See our TV Schedule page for the full schedule with times and repeats.) WatchAFL coverage will cost US$10 and also includes coverage of the AFL Draft on November 27th (3:00 AM US EDT Thanksgiving Day). At this time only WatchAFL will be available in Canada and Mexico. For those listening via internet radio, all of the major Melbourne sports stations will have some coverage of the draft. Only SEN will provide full live coverage of both events from Australia. There will also be internet radio coverage via RTÉ 1 from Ireland. read more »
The Anti-Doping Panel wasted no time and held their directions hearing on November 18. Lawyers for all parties plus the AFL and the media were present. There were arguments for and against, allowing the media access to the actual Tribunal hearings which are now set for mid-December. None of the players were required to be present. read more »
by Johnson Leung reporting for AFANA from Melbourne
The AFL has revealed the 2015 season schedule with several changes to the format to make it more "fan friendly". After only 40,939 people turned up at the Sunday night Collingwood-Carlton game in Round 15 this year, incoming AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan pledged to rethink the next year's schedule. This led to Sunday Night Football being scrapped. The Monday night game has also been dropped, as the result of average size attendances at the St Kilda-Carlton games which had been played in the time slot in the last few years. read more »
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