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AFL Footy Show & Footy Classified dumped on WIN HD

By Gungahlite - 6 August 2009 50

Over the past 12 months as an ex Mexican it’s been a delight to be able to watch the Melbourne based AFL Footy Show live each Thursday night on WIN HD at 9.30pm

However, with the launch of WIN’s new ‘GO’ Channel it appears WIN TV have basically told the likes of myself and other local AFL devotees who enjoyed watching Garry, James, Sam and the boys each week live where to ‘GO’ by dumping the AFL Footy Show.

As of this week if us locals want to watch the AFL Footy Show and I understand also Monday night’s Footy Classified also’, it’s back to watching the post midnight replays.

You’d think given the AFL’s push into the Northern States and WIN’s affilitate Channel Nine impending bid for the next five year AFL contract in the near future, WIN would do the right thing and continue to show the AFL Footy Show and Footy Classsified live, even if on ‘GO.

From what I read elsewhere on the net the same will apply on NINE HD in Sydney & Brisbane, where both shows have also been dumped.

Unbelievable !!

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vg 6:06 pm 07 Aug 09

Try the day they joust for pole position at the Indy 500. Just the small matter of about 500,000 in attendance.

And I think you’ll probably find the #1 attended sporting event in Oz last year was the Tour Down Under

chewy14 4:49 pm 07 Aug 09

Actually the number one attended sporting event in Australia last year was not the AFL grand final. The winner was actually the Melbourne cup with 107000 attendees.

I therefore claim horse racing as Australia’s No 1. premier sport.

Giddy Up!!

Pelican Lini 4:24 pm 07 Aug 09

Hey calm down fellas,
Don’t shoot the messenger.
My source wasn’t the AFL and my argument is about bums on seats, pure and simple.
I’m quoting the stats and if you don’t like them, take it up with Wikipedia.
Given soccer is the World Game, of course I’m not arguing more people watch the AFL overall.
But on a per capita basis, the AFL results are even more spectacular.
Please explain why comparing AFL and Premier League average attendances is “just stupid”.
Your linked list of average attendances at major Premier League clubs is comparing apples and oranges.
Here’s the Wikipedia address: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sports_attendances
Game, set, match.

chewy14 10:31 am 07 Aug 09

I love these posts from people who come here from Melbourne and then wonder why Canberra isn’t exactly the same as Melbourne.

Holden Caulfield 10:14 am 07 Aug 09

Joshua said :

Deckard said :

AFL Teams on Fox Sports is a much better show.

I gave up on commercial tv years ago. It’s worth the money to get rid of them.

OK, just for a moment think about what you’ve said and then hit yourself in the head a couple of times for me. Unless of course the Federal government has started funding Foxtel in addition to the ABC.

Coverage of the AFL by ABC TV in Canberra is probably the worst of all the FTA channels. At least on the commercial channels you know you’ll probably get the Swans scores, at the very least, but ABC news treats AFL like crap. You’re best bet for decent AFL coverage on the ABC is a few minutes on Offsiders on a Sunday morning.

Jim Jones 9:21 am 07 Aug 09

Pelican Lini said :

VG said:

My dad is bigger than your dad.

Are you really trying to argue that the AFL Grand Final is more popular than the FA Cup?

You do realise that ground attendance at major sporting events is limited by the capacity of the ground, don’t you?

Joshua 3:24 am 07 Aug 09

Pelican Lini said :

Hey (not) vg, … was 100,012 at the (you guessed it) AFL Grand Final.
That was over10,000 people more than the crowd at the world’s second ranking event, the FA Cup Final.

The AFL also had the fourth highest average match attendance in the world with 18,839 (beating both the English Premier League and Major League Baseball in the US).

AFL is very popular but comparing it’s crowds to the English Premier League’s is just stupid. You may not have noticed but almost all those football grounds in the UK are rectangular and hence there are physical limits on how many seats you can put in the ground. The same with the FA Cup Final and Wembley Stadium which seats 90,000 (hence the 10,000 less than the MCG finals). The simple fact is the MCG holds more people.

As for your average match attendances where did you get the idea that AFL has larger average match attendances then the English Premier League? Off some AFL forum. Try real research for instance ESPN:
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/stats/attendance?league=eng.1&year=2008&cc=3436

You’ll note only Wigan Athletic has a lower average crowd attendance that season then the figure you’ve provided for the AFL.

I can guarantee a lot more people watch the English Premier League and FA Cup final on TV then ever watch AFL.
“The Premier League is the world’s most popular national football league. It is broadcast to 152 countries on a regular basis.”
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/osm/story/0,6903,626773,00.html

Joshua 3:07 am 07 Aug 09

Deckard said :

AFL Teams on Fox Sports is a much better show.

I gave up on commercial tv years ago. It’s worth the money to get rid of them.

OK, just for a moment think about what you’ve said and then hit yourself in the head a couple of times for me. Unless of course the Federal government has started funding Foxtel in addition to the ABC.

Pelican Lini 3:07 am 07 Aug 09

VG said:

And the AFL would kill for the advertising revenue the ARL broadcasts generates.

You may recall a crowd of 107,558 at the RL GF in 1999, curiously featuring a Melbourne team in Sydney, the same year each NRL game had an average attendance of over 14,000. The average crowd for an NRL GF at Homebush is 95,708.

Please feel free to do some research next time before making silly, silly statements. Getting into a pissing competition between League, Union and AFL is something most people stopped doing once hair appeared downstairs

Hey (not) vg,
I don’t need statistics to know which domestic football code is faring better but how about we at least look at some figures from this century, say last year.
The highest crowd attendance in the world at a domestic club championship event in 2008 was 100,012 at the (you guessed it) AFL Grand Final.
That was over10,000 people more than the crowd at the world’s second ranking event, the FA Cup Final.
It was also nearly 20,000 more people than the NRL Grand Final crowd of 80,388.
The AFL also had the fourth highest average match attendance in the world with 18,839 (beating both the English Premier League and Major League Baseball in the US).
I don’t know what the NRL average attendance was because they didn’t make the Top Ten.
The VFL/AFL’s biggest crowd was 121,696 at the 1970 Grand Final when Carlton (I told you they were magnificent) beat Collingwood in what was arguably the greatest Grand Final ever.
Oh and I’m sure Melbourne being in the 1999 NRL Grand Final would account for the code’s record attendance figure.
My sources are from Wikipedia entries on world sporting attendances and the AFL.
I note that you didn’t cite any sources at all and I would love to know what are the advertising revenues, which you claim the ARL (?) generates and the AFL would “kill for”, and how you would know what they are.
I know I’m “silly silly” but I rather wonder what was the point of your post, given that the stats so easily back up my claims of AFL superiority in popularity.
And, oh dear, I think you’ve got pee pee all over your trousers and shoes.

2604 11:51 pm 06 Aug 09

bd84 said :

2604 said :

Pelican Lini said :

Why don’t they replace the boofhead Footy Show, which is boring and unfunny, and catering to a fanbase which can’t even be bothered turning up to games?

LOL at this. How many people “bothered” turning up to the last AFL fixture in Canberra? 6500 or 7500, I can’t remember.

About the same average attendance to a Raiders game..

No, evidently it’s the total number of Canberrans who give a toss about AFL.

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