Do Not Adjust Your Television Set (Here We Go Again!)
(Update: 09/21/09: This story is no longer being updated. See here)
(Update: 09/15/09: For our Canadian fans, TSN2 will carry the Grand Final live.)
(Update: 09/14/09: The Grand Final will be live on ESPN Classic and ESPN360. The AFL and ESPN have confirmed this. Coverage will begin just before bouncedown at 12:25 AM EDT and run until 3:30 AM EDT.
We are still awaiting word on TSN for Canada.)
(Update: 09/10/09: We are in on-going communication with the AFL and monitoring progress on this issue. We are guardedly optimistic a positive resolution will be found. However, if things do not move forward very soon AFANA will not hesitate to tell you, the fan, what you can do to help get the Grand Final live.) The current ESPN TV schedule shows that ESPN2 will air the AFL Grand Final at 2:00 AM EDT on Saturday, September 26, 2009. The Grand Final will be edited for a two-hour window and will be delayed two hours. For Canadians, at present TSN has not committed to any confirmed coverage at all.
We are in constant contact with the AFL about the situation. The AFL international broadcasting staff in Melbourne is working with ESPN and "pushing for live." The AFL will keep us posted with updates as they happen on that front.
We will continue to keep AFANA members and footy fans apprised of the situation, so stay tuned. Starting next week, we will provide some ideas as to what all footy fans in North America can and should do (whether it is to lobby ESPN, call local stations, make voodoo dolls, etc.) to see if we can get the a live broadcast of the game.
Thank you for your time. Back to your regularly scheduled programming...
Article last changed on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 12:26 AM EDT