What a footy channel does without footy: old games made new

The Collingwood-Richmond game from round two, 2016, was hosted by McGuire, called by Anthony Hudson and with ex-champions Nick Riewoldt and Jonathan Brown providing special comments; there would be a lighter touch to the broadcast. At this stage, the channel will do the broadcasts of past games only for Thursday and Friday nights and will see how viewers react. Fox Footy’s challenge is different from other media that produce sport in that the channel is 100 per cent AFL, and still needs footy content to maintain eyeballs on screens and…

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Lloyd’s other 1996 prelim nightmare

“I tried to hip-and-shoulder him and my elbow obviously came straight back into my chest and I thought I was badly winded,” Lloyd tells The Age. “So I took some time off the ground and then I just couldn’t focus on what ‘Sheeds’ [coach Kevin Sheedy] was saying at half-time. “I went to [club doctor] Bruce Reid as we’re about to run back out, I said, ‘Reidy, I’m just not feeling well at all’, and so I reckon I tried for the first five minutes of the third quarter and…

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Gold Coast boss says Suns and GWS key to AFL resurgence post-virus

All parts of the AFL are under review to find areas where costs can be cut and changes made, and questions are being asked about whether the existing structures and ways of operating as a competition are still appropriate and viable. Those questions extend to recruiting, state and development leagues, international rules competitions and every facet of the game. Cochrane launched a spirited defence of the game’s new markets, on the Gold Coast and in western Sydney. “No business cuts the areas of growth,” he said. “You go to where…

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Essendon coach Worsfold in WA self-isolation

Essendon coach John Worsfold is undergoing self-isolation in Perth after rushing back to be with his family before Western Australia shut its borders. Worsfold, who will finish up at the Bombers this year before handing over the senior coaching reins to Ben Rutten, said it was crucial for him to be with his WA-based family during the AFL’s hiatus. Essendon coach John Worsfold is self-isolating in Western Australia for two weeks.Credit:Getty Images This week the WA government enforced border controls in an attempt to control the spread of the coronavirus.…

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Chris Scott says it’s wrong AFL players are losing PR battle over pay

Loading “Clearly they [players] are losing the PR battle in all of this and really now’s not a time for PR, but the perception of them is not a good one,” Scott told radio station SEN on Thursday. “In my opinion, especially with the players that I’ve dealt with, it doesn’t reflect the reality of the situation. “Patrick Dangerfield, I think, is taking his leadership responsibility really seriously. “The definition of leadership in some ways is taking responsibility for things even when it may not be your position or it…

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Carlton forced to end Northern Blues alignment due to budget cuts

Carlton have been forced to end their alignment with the Northern Blues after soft-cap cuts were introduced in the wake of the shutdown of the AFL and state league competitions due to the coronavirus. The decision means the Blues have parted company with the club’s senior coach Josh Fraser and general manager of football Ben Brennan as the full toll of cost-cutting emerges across club. Carlton’s home ground was closed for business on Thursday.Credit:AAP Carlton are understood to be devastated to make the decision as the alignment had been stronger…

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Amid the AFL’s great depression, who takes the hit?

These untold millions allowed the AFL to bankroll new clubs in the frontier states and the AFLW and to run a heavily socialised competition, but this growth agenda – and the natural profligacy of clubs – is over, overnight. Today, footy is the midst of what is closer to the sport’s temporary great depression, rather than a recession, when considering that close to 80 per cent of staff have been stood down from clubs and the AFL headquarters and that Gillon McLachlan and his crew are going to banks with…

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Key union pushes for universal income of $740 a week, guaranteed jobs

Loading “Every single worker should have a right to return to their jobs at the end of this crisis. Every single job must be guaranteed,” he wrote, saying it should apply to gig workers, casual employees and those in labour hire and the self-employed. “Market logics of profit maximisation and unequal distribution must be discarded.” Mr Kennedy said there should also be an “income guarantee” paid at the full-time minimum wage of $740 a week to everyone else not covered by the jobs guarantee and those not financially affected by…

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Collingwood Magpies’ Emma Grant retires

Grant, who played at both ends of the ground, as well as in the midfield for Collingwood, said she cherished her 20-game career that began in 2017. “I can’t thank the club enough for the past four years and making my football dream a reality,” Grant said. “Growing up in the country, playing football with the boys was the only option. I never thought I would get the opportunity to play for an AFL club in a women’s national competition. “In the end I made the decision to put my…

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Clubs seek clarity from NRL as players move to at-home training

The Sharks were given individual plans by their head of athletic performance Matt Jay yesterday and were given supplies of supplement and protein shakes. But for players like Bronson Xerri, Josh Dugan and Matt Moylan who are all recovering from injury, the club is also confused about the ruling behind how to best give players treatment, with the NRL yet to set guidelines as to whether players are allowed to continue rehabilitation programs indoors. Shaun Johnson took the club exercise bike from the club gym, as players prepare for isolated…

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