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Editorial: Did The AFL Fail Footy In The USA?
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(This editorial is in response to the following post on the site of usfootynews.com: AFL Decision Fails Sport in USA.)(Ed. note: Link removed as no longer works as of Apr. 2013)

Our friend Wayne Kraska at usfootynews.com recently posted an editorial on why he feels the AFL has failed the sport of Australian football in the USA with it's latest TV contract with Fox Sports Plus (announcement here).  Considering his arguments and those of the many fans who commented here on this site, on our Facebook page, and in e-mails to us, I felt it was appropriate to respond. 

At the outset, I want every reader to know that I am sympathetic to the fans who feel the sport took a backward step with this new deal.  In some ways, that may be true.  I understand the frustration of fans who cannot get or afford to subscribe to Fox Sports Plus (FSP).  I also believe that there is a lack of understanding by many of the realities the AFL faced, the alternatives available, and the history of both recent events and those since 1980 when the AFL first appeared on the then nascent network ESPN.  

I want to address Wayne's key points because he raises some that many other fans have expressed.

Brief Update on 2012 TV Coverage
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(Update: 3/8/12: We have schedules now for TSN in Canada on our TV page.  In Round 1 TSN2 will have Hawthorn v Collingwood and 3 more on TSN.ca:  GWS v Syd, Rich v Coll, NMel v Ess.  We don't have US scheds or network yet but you can assume the matches will be the same and you can guess the network.  We will have more shortly.)  (Further info as of 2/28/12:  AFANA's sources suggest that a TV deal for both the USA and Canada is very close. We're waiting for an announcement or details from the AFL. That's all we can say at this stage since it is not possible to confirm any additional information. We don't want to jeopardize any deal or put out unconfirmed info so that's all we tell you at this time. [In other words, asking for more will not get you anything, OK?].)  Original article: This is a brief update on the expected TV coverage of the AFL in North America in 2012.  For US viewers, we can advise that at this time we do not expect any coverage on ESPN affiliated networks in 2012 based on information from ESPN.  However negotiations are on-going according to the AFL. (This has no bearing on whether ESPN covers the sport in other parts of the world.) Coverage on MHz Networks will likely continue however, no agreement has been concluded.  We understand negotiations are continuing but beyond that we do not have further information at this time. 

Grand Final Day Events and Timeline 2011
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The following is the time line for the the Grand Final day events including key times for match and TV related activities.   All times are listed first in Australian AEST and then in US EDT.  This is based on information from the AFL, AFANA, press reports and past history. This story will be periodically updated with late information.  Click on "read more" to see the entire table of events.


Start Time AEST Start Time US EDT End Time AEST End Time US EDT Event US / Can Network Coverage
10:00 AM 8:00 PM 12:30 PM 10:30 PM Season in Review / Grand Final Day from the MCG (Relayed from Ch. Ten Australia) 3AW radio pregame begins ESPN3.com (TV Internet only at this time)

2011 Grand Final Live on ESPN3 and ESPN2 in North America, Delay on TSN!
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ESPN2 and ESPN3 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 on TSN at 11:30 AM 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. (Canadian fans should press "read more" below and see our full info on this issue).  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.)

AFANA Now Accepting 2011 Grand Final Party Announcements
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Are you or your group hosting a Grand Final party?

Once again, AFANA is accepting announcements of Grand Final parties. If you are hosting a Grand Final party and want AFANA to post it on our site complete the form at the "Go to form" link below this article.    

If you are a party organizer (no matter how big or small) or your footy club, social club, Australian American Chamber of Commerce, Aussie pub, etc. are planning a party please let us know.  If we know, we can direct local fans and out of town visitors to you.  Last year, many of the individual party listings were read over 1000 times each on our site!  Our listings cover the entire globe.  If there is a party somewhere around the world then we want to have it listed!  If you haven't started planning your party, now is the time to do so.  

Follow the "Go to form" or "read more" links below to submit your announcement.  We recommend that if you have a user account on this site, you log in prior to completing the form.
Party listings are here.

2011 Grand Final Parties Around North America and the World
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2011 AFL Grand Parties AFANA Logo

Looking for an AFL Grand Final Party in your area? You can reach all of our listings by clicking on the drop down box at the bottom of this article.  (Home page readers need to click on "read more" below this teaser to see the rest of this article and the drop down box of party listings is at the bottom of that page.) Clicking on the city names above this page will take you a special web page with links to every article we have related to that city including the party page but be sure to scroll down if necessary.

Are you hosting one and would like to promote it?  Once again, AFANA is accepting announcements of Grand Final parties.  If you are hosting a Grand Final party and want AFANA to post it on our site, send the details to us  
The page to enter info on your party is here. 

As of 9/26/2011, the Grand Final is live in the USA on ESPN3 from 8:00 PM EDT Sept. 30th with Grand Final day events through to 4:00 AM.  ESPN2 will pick up coverage live and in progress with the pre-game at 12:00 MN EDT 1 October through to 3:30 AM EDT.  LiveAFL.tv will also have live coverage. AFANA will post this and any updates on our TV pages (TV schedules).  For Canadian fans, as of 9/29/2011, TSN has 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.ca will have live coverage beginning at 11:30 PM EDT through to 4:00 AM. Canadian fans please see our story here.

 

Grand Final Ends in a Draw! Replay Next Week
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Collingwood  9 14 (68)  St Kilda    10  8 (68) 

Grand Final draw means game is replayed next week

Congrats to both teams for an incredible match.  The Norm Smith medal went to Lenny Hayes.  We have the following coverage for the GF Replay (confirmed by AFL & ESPN and revised 9/30/10): ESPN3.com will be live from 10:00 PM EDT.  ESPN Classic, and ESPN Mobile will be live from 12:00 MN EDT until 4:00 AM; ESPN2 will join the coverage in progress at 1:00 AM EDT and continue until 4:00 AM. Canadian coverage will be on TSN2 from 12:00 MN EDT to 4:00 AM and on TSN.ca on demand. Omnisport.tv will have live coverage from 12:00 MN EDT to 4:00 AM at the usual US$5.99. We have a special Grand Final party page up for the replay. 

2010 Grand Final (Replay) Parties Around North America and the World
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2010 AFL Grand Parties AFANA Logo

Looking for an AFL Grand Final (Replay!) Party in your area? You can reach all of our listings by clicking on the drop down box at the bottom of this article.  (Home page readers need to click on "read more" below this teaser to see the rest of this article and the drop down box of party listings is at the bottom of that page.) Clicking on the city names above this page will take you a special web page with links to every article we have related to that city including the party page but be sure to scroll down if necessary.

Are you hosting one and would like to promote it?  Once again, AFANA is accepting announcements of Grand Final parties.  If you are hosting a Grand Final party and want AFANA to post it on our site, send the details to us.  If your party was listed for last week and only the time and date change please just e-mail us.  For more substantial changes just re-submit your listing.  Parties we do not hear from will be assumed to not be "replaying" their event.  
The page to enter info on your party is here. 

As of 9/30/2010, the Grand Final Replay TV schedule has been updated: US coverage starting at 10 PM EDT on ESPN3; starting at 12 MN EDT on ESPN Classic, and both continuing until 4:00 AM. Coverage will be joined in progress on ESPN2 at 1:00 AM EDT. In Canada, coverage will begin at 12:00 MN EDT and continue until 4:00 AM. TSN.ca will also have coverage as will Omnisport.tv. AFANA will post any updates on our TV pages (TV schedules).  

2010 Grand Final Parties Around North America and the World
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2010 AFL Grand Parties AFANA Logo

Looking for an AFL Grand Final Party in your area? You can reach all of our listings by clicking on the drop down box at the bottom of this article.  (Home page readers need to click on "read more" below this teaser to see the rest of this article and the drop down box of party listings is at the bottom of that page.) Clicking on the city names above this page will take you a special web page with links to every article we have related to that city including the party page but be sure to scroll down if necessary.

Are you hosting one and would like to promote it?  Once again, AFANA is accepting announcements of Grand Final parties.  If you are hosting a Grand Final party and want AFANA to post it on our site, send the details to us  
The page to enter info on your party is here. 

As of 8/31/2010, the Grand Final is live in the USA on ESPN Classic from 11:30 PM EDT Sept. 24th through to 4:00 AM.  ESPN2 will pick up coverage live and in progress at 1:00 AM EDT (approx. at start of 2nd quarter).  ESPN3.com and Omnisport.tv also have live coverage and ESPN3 will have the same coverage as "Classic". AFANA will post this and any updates on our TV pages (TV schedules).  The Canadian coverage on TSN2 is live and continues until 3:30 AM EDT.

Viewing Parties for Carlton v Hawthorn on ESPN2
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The following locations have announced special viewing parties for the ESPN2 airing of Carlton vs Hawthorn on May 23, 2010 at 12:00 MN EDT.  AFANA has no formal association with these events and you must contact the organizers at the contact information below for more details.  If you know of an event, please send it to us.  All submissions must have an e-mail or telephone contact and provide the venue, city, and state where the event is occurring.  If you omit any of this information we cannot list your event. 

Columbus, OH:

Byrne's Irish Pub, 1248 W. 3rd St., Columbus, OH hosted by the Columbus Jackaroos Australian Rules Football Club.  For more info, contact Chet Ridenour, Club President at colu...@gmail.com

Albany, NY:

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