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AFL Media Release: Completion of Broadcast Rights for 2007 - 2011

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AFL General Manager of Marketing and Communications, Dr. Colin McLeod, has issued the following press release on the TV rights.

Media Release: Completion of Broadcast Rights for 2007 - 2011

The Australian Football League today announced that the Channel Seven and Channel Ten Networks have exercised their rights under the first and last rights agreement to match the offer made to the AFL by PBL on December 23, 2005 to broadcast all 8 games per week on Free to Air TV for 5 years commencing in 2007.

The AFL intends to hold discussions with Networks Seven and Ten over the coming weeks to finalise the programming schedule for the broadcast rights period. Full details of the coverage schedule will be publicly announced when those discussions have been completed.

In making the announcement, AFL CEO Mr. Andrew Demetriou said, ”The AFL congratulates the Seven and Ten Networks on acquiring the rights to broadcast AFL games from 2007 to 2011. Network Ten has been a great partner since 2001, and we have no doubt that this already successful partnership will continue to flourish in coming years.”

“The AFL and all Australian football fans are aware of the strong historical links between our game and the Seven Network, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

“I would also like to recognise the enormous contribution that PBL has made to Australian football. The whole organisation, under the leadership of the late Kerry Packer, has been a great friend to our game, and we thank the PBL management team for the commitment and enthusiasm they brought to the relationship with the AFL, and in particular for the outstanding offer on December 23rd last year. We will continue to work closely with PBL and we are sure that 2006 will be another outstanding year for football on Channel 9.”

Mr. Demetriou also said, “The new broadcasting rights agreement will deliver the best financial and national programming package in the history of the game, and provide an important contribution to the ongoing growth of our game.”