Friday, May 05, 2006

AFL live tonight on Sky!

Great news for NZ-based fans of AFL, the world's most libertarian sport, and tonight especially for fans of Geelong and the Demons, the two oldest clubs in football. The press release from the NZAFL explains it all:

The New Zealand AFL (NZAFL), in conjunction with its corporate partners is delighted to announce that SKY TV will be showing “live” AFL on its programming in New Zealand.

Our great game will be televised on SKY Sport 3 on Friday evenings. The telecast will commence at 9.30pm. The first match is this Friday (5th May –tonight) between the Melbourne Demons and the Geelong Cats at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne. The match will be replayed on Saturday afternoon in the 2.30pm timeslot on SKY Sport 2.

SKY TV will continue to screen the one-hour “Highlights” package on Tuesday and Thursday evenings on SKY Sport 2. NZAFL CEO Rob Malone said “This is a very positive step in the continued growth and awareness of Australian Rules in New Zealand, as our priority has always been to provide regular AFL games on NZ TV to value add and underpin our Aussie Rules delivery programs in the school system and community competitions throughout NZ”.

“I would like to extend the NZAFL’s appreciation to Murray Jackson (CEO Genesis Energy) for his support of this significant initiative. AFL will now be shown on average, 8 hours per week with the Friday night “live” game allocated a timeslot not always afforded to the Sydney market”.
I know which Drinking Room I'll be in this evening . . . :-)
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LINKS: NZAFL
Match preview, Geelong Cats v Melbourne Demons - AFL.Com
Three key 'ins' for Cats - Geelong Football Club
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TAGS: Sport, Libertarianism

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2 Comments:

Blogger Neil said...

Can I ask why AFL is the most libertarian game?

5/07/2006 09:21:00 am  
Blogger JamesP said...

I wanted to know that as well so I took a quick dive into the Sports archive. Apparently it's because the AFL rulebook is shorter than those of other games like rugby. I am not particularly convinced by this argument because one might similarly come to the conclusion that tic tac toe is a more libertarian game than chess. ;)

But then I suspect that this argument is not particularly serious and that it really comes down to the preferred game of the author. The freedom to choose between competing options being a more fundamental libertarian ideal than pocket size rulebooks for sports.

5/07/2006 10:44:00 am  

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