The AFL’s negotiations with the Australian television broadcaster have been delayed again and the competition has announced it will not be broadcasting any AFL games this season.
The league has been in negotiations with ABC TV for some time, but the deal is currently suspended after the AFLPA and the Australian Entertainment and Media Authority (AEMA) refused to agree on the number of matches.
“The AECA has consistently insisted on more than 50 games and it is understood the AFL will now pursue an alternative deal to this one,” the league said in a statement.
“There will be no AFL games broadcast in Australia this season, but there will be an AFL match on ABC2 in the coming months.”
While there will still be some AFL games on ABC TV, it will be limited to a limited number of games that will be aired on ABC, VIC and Tasmania.
“The AFL says it will begin broadcasting matches from July, when the new TV deal is set to take effect.ABC TV will be the exclusive home of the first three AFL games played in 2017, which will be between the Sydney Swans and Adelaide Crows.
The games will be broadcast by ABC Radio and the ABC TV Network.