The AFL is undecided over plans for a twilight Grand Final for 2017.
Seven has long-hoped for a match that crosses into primetime viewing, to avoid the bumper audience numbers remaining technically out of annual ratings share.
Announcing the 2017 fixture today, CEO Gillon McLachlan said he was still undecided about the move. By contrast the NRL Grand Final played at 6:30pm serves Nine very well.
Meanwhile McLachlan also confirmed that Channel TEN would not be taking up an offer to broadcast 11 matches next year, meaning these would be shown only on Pay TV.
The season will feature more Thursday night matches, up from five in 2016 to eight and a Good Friday match to begin late afternoon to avoid clashing with religious ceremonies. That will also be a challenge to Seven’s own Good Friday Appeal in Melbourne, no doubt drawing upon multichannels.
AFL season returns Thursday March 23 2017 with Carlton v Richmond at the MCG.