Saturday night games are never standalone in the AFL. The difference though is that one is televised nationally on Channel 7, whereas our two Saturday night games against Brisbane and West Lakes are televised by Foxtel and are only shown on Channel 7 in their local markets (QLD & SA for round 7, SA only for round 8).
Why would AFL fans want to watch two preliminary finalists gunning for a premiership this year when you can watch Sydney v Geelong?
I might have jumped the gun as they haven't officially announced the broadcasters, but a Sydney v Vic team is more appealing to 7 Melbourne based executives than a showdown. If Sydney 7 executives get involved then even more so.
The AFL Broadcast Guide - AFL.com.au doesn't go past Round 5 yet but I think you are spot on.I might have jumped the gun as they haven't officially announced the broadcasters, but a Sydney v Vic team is more appealing to 7 Melbourne based executives than a showdown. If Sydney 7 executives get involved then even more so.
If Brisbane v Port is a 7 game then 7 in Sydney/NSW don't show it they get to put on the Sydney v Geelong game.
Same with the showdown, 7 in Sydney/NSW don't show it they get to put on the Sydney v Melbourne game.
Its good we go into the Melbourne in both examples above, but MG and KFC would pay more if they knew we would get shown in Sydney more often.
The Advertiser said:ROUND SEVEN
Friday, Apr 30 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST
Richmond vs. Western Bulldogs MCG (SEVEN) 7:50pm
Saturday, May 1 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST
Collingwood vs. Gold Coast SUNS MCG (FOX) 1:45pm
Adelaide Crows vs. GWS GIANTS Adelaide Oval (FOX) 2:10pm
St Kilda vs. Hawthorn Marvel Stadium (FOX) 4:35pm
Sydney Swans vs. Geelong Cats SCG (SEVEN) 7:25pm
Brisbane Lions vs. Port Adelaide The Gabba (FOX) 7:25pm
Sunday, May 2 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST
North Melbourne vs. Melbourne Blundstone Arena (FOX) 1:10pm
Essendon vs. Carlton MCG (SEVEN) 3:20pm 3:20pm
West Coast Eagles vs. Fremantle Optus Stadium (FOX) 4:40pm
Friday, May 7 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST
Richmond vs. Geelong Cats MCG (SEVEN) 7:50pm
Saturday, May 8 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST
GWS GIANTS vs. Essendon GIANTS Stadium (FOX) 1:45pm
Gold Coast SUNS vs. St Kilda Metricon Stadium (FOX) 2:10pm
North Melbourne vs. Collingwood Marvel Stadium (FOX) 4:35pm
Melbourne vs. Sydney Swans MCG (SEVEN) 7:25pm
Port Adelaide vs. Adelaide Crows Adelaide Oval (FOX) 7:40pm
Sunday, May 9 STADIUM (NETWORK) EST LOCAL
Hawthorn vs. West Coast Eagles MCG (FOX) 1:10pm 1:10pm
Western Bulldogs vs. Carlton Marvel Stadium (SEVEN) 3:20pm 3:20pm
Fremantle vs. Brisbane Lions Optus Stadium (FOX) 4:40pm 2:40pm
You'd be surprised how many people are watching at clubs and pubs on a Friday or Saturday night that are never counted in official ratings stats. Not so much on Saturdays and Sundays.Nobody in Sydney is watching though.