ABCTV signed off on a one year deal with the option of a second. The hope of the coverage continuing next year depends mainly upon ratings which have been average to good at best heading into the second half of the season.
Interestingly, the station has steered clear of hosting any Frankston matches in which the Dolphins have shown some disappointment. The Dolphins, who have played some competitive footy and won a match this season, are seen as a low drawing card for ABC coverage.
The VFL and ABC are for the first time deciding on the schedule matches every month rather than all ABCTV matches being scheduled in at the start of the year.
It means that the majority of matches are somewhat against between the power teams of the competition with plenty of AFL-listed players in the thick of the action.
It is not known whether Frankston will be handed an ABCTV game in the remaining matches for coverage during the season, particularly considering it is unlikely to make finals.
The on-air talent is shifting, perhaps not due to the instability but moreso for career opportunities.
ABCTV commentator Darren Boyd is a part of 3AW’s AFL football broadcast on some Saturdays which means the station has opted for some untried TV talent including the likes of BPM Media’s Peter Mercato to fill the void. Peter Donegan will also miss some of the second half of the season as he takes part in the Olympics coverage.
VFL fixture changes for the next month:
Round 12: The Port Melbourne vs. Coburg Tigers match will now commence at 1:10PM instead of 2PM on Saturday 16th June. The game remains at North Port Oval.
The AFL Victoria Development League match Port Melbourne vs. Coburg Tigers remains the curtain raiser and will commence at 10:00 AM.
Round 13: The Sandringham vs. Casey Scorpions match will now commence at 1:10PM on Saturday 23rd June instead of Sunday 24th June at 2PM. The game remains at Trevor Barker Beach Oval.
The AFL Victoria Development League match Sandringham vs. Casey Scorpions remains the curtain raiser and will commence at 10:00 AM.
Round 14: The Port Melbourne vs. Sandringham match will now commence at 1:10PM instead of 2PM on Saturday 30th June. The game remains at North Port Oval.
The AFL Victoria Development League match Port Melbourne vs. Sandringham remains the curtain raiser and will commence at 10:00 AM.
Round 14: The Geelong Cats vs. Box Hill Hawks match will now commence at 1:10PM instead of 1PM on Saturday 7th July. The game remains at Simonds Stadium.
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