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Freelance TV professional with 20 years experience behind the scenes at the biggest and not so biggest sporting events on the calendar. Slowly going crazy now with a lack of sports living in a Hampshire village with my British family. To say I’m a sports tragic would be an understatement.

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One of the most revered figures in the games history. It is sad that with the passing of time we lose more of the giants of our great game but that is how it goes. Apologies to who said it earlier but a few cold beers and the 71 GF on YouTube is a fantastic call.
Vale Mr Kennedy, football is richer for having you in it and your legacy.

Vale John Kennedy Snr: Hawthorn legend passes away at 91

How good is having the footy back is probably the most overused cliche of recent weeks but it rings true.
Hawks will need to make a statement against the Tigers tonight and whilst I doubt they win I think the Cats will be boosting their % against many sides just not used to the highway run. It’s stuck in my head now but Greater Waste of Space will roll a Dogs outfit who are hard to get a gauge on or are St Kilda harder? Danger game for the Pies on Saturday the defence will hold up the Saints will show plenty and folks will start asking if their 8 material. WCE and Brisbane arguably the match of the round and a tough one to call I going with the Eagles as I think ego and arrogance got the better of them last week. Carlton will get smacked, North and Port will show the importance in a 17 round season of beating teams you are better than and getting off to 3-0 starts to set their seasons right up. The Suns have a massive chance at home to take a bigger step in 2020 and the clubs history against Adelaide. (could the Suns become must watch TV? Somebody will win between Essendon and Melbourne and I couldn’t care less.

The Roar's AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 3

The problem is mate for countries like Thailand and PNG two fold. Firstly they don’t have the crew with the experience nor would they have the service providers. It’s one thing to sit in a room in Colombo and direct women’s matches over the internet it’s another to broadcast them live on FTA in nations like the ones you mentioned. The cost of hiring an uplink satellite to beam the pictures around the country itself would put fta channels off let alone the hiring of OB trucks and flying people in to be part of the production crew. You’d be surprised how many people it takes to put a cricket match on TV even if it’s bare minimum coverage, it’s a totally different infrastructure to streaming and the cost is considerably higher. Even If PNG wanted to broadcast their matches there would have to be a tender put out for production companies to bid for and service providers to facilitate the equipment. All the equipment needs to be supplied. Then you have the problem that on a global scale there aren’t that many service providers really who have the equipment required unless you want to risk hiring some dodgy two bit operation with crap equipment or a board with no money? How would Thailand cricket pay for it all. Do you remember the ICL the precursor tournament that led to the IPL? That’s a classic example of a cowboy operation. Strong crew, great service provider dodgy crooked production company and crooks running the tournament Nobody got paid (the last year of the ICL first year of the IPL is an article in itself) I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time when Packer was pushing into India and cricket production. My brief along with the other westerners on the crew (mainly Aussies) was train local Indian operators to the levels expected by Channel 9 when Packer was running cricket. We were paid well and over the years forged some great friends and memories. The easy part was that India is cricket mad and has a billion people .Doordarshan had been producing the cricket in India for years our job was to make it better because Packer and a gentlemen who ran a company called WorldTel were going to launch 9 Gold (which never happened) point being it took two multi millionaires money to get cricket production to the level it is now in India because at the time the BCCI didn’t have it. They do now as a result of those early 2000 years but they didn’t then.
There’s currently not the interest nor the money in cricket to have developing countries striking up FTA deals. It’s hard enough to get stuff happening in the WI at the moment and has been for years. Companies don’t want to get involved with WI cricket cause the board never has any money to pay anyone. It’s a long winded reply and for that I apologise. Comparing the 6 nations tho doesn’t correlate. There’s no shortage of broadcast money in the U.K. and the BBC is funded by the public. There’s no shortage of interest in Rugby over here in the U.K. either. Cricket has problems going forward and free to air coverage for smaller developing nations simply won’t happen anytime soon. The future is streaming for them. I mean if Cricket Italy are prepared to pay for a small streaming set up to help Cricket Spain stream matches between minnow European nations from Spain (which is being rumoured and considered) it’s the way forward for developing nations in Asia also. Sorry again if I rambled.

Investigating cricket’s broadcast conundrum

Really good article Shounak, well done mate.
It’s an article that rings quite close to me as I’ve spent 20 years in sports broadcasting and a lot of that has been working on international cricket from starting on domestic NZ cricket when I lived there right thru to being on the crew of last years World Cup and Ashes coverage. I’ve worked in the replay department and I’ve directed tournaments also and my wife and I met on the IPL so cricket broadcasting runs deep thru our household.
The major problem I see going forward is free to air coverage and it’s been a problem for quite a few years. One of the reasons is I personally think that traditional TV as we know it is slowly dying. Streaming services are slowly taking over and it’s the quality of programming that has seen this shift. Cricket on free to air is not looked after anymore by sports departments that work for that particular network it’s not like the golden years of 9’s coverage when everyone involved worked for 9. Sports broadcasting is a freelance industry there is only a tiny percent of people involved who are employed by that company who broadcast the game and free to air TV is a $ dominated industry. ODI cricket doesn’t rate like it did in the 80’s and 90’s the big bash when it was 10 was treated more like light entertainment than it was a sporting production. Slowly but surely free to air TV is turning away from cricket and post Covid there may be even more of a shift as network TV relies so heavily on advertising. Sadly that’s just the way it’s going and was heading this way before Covid. The ICC do a really ordinary job promoting associate cricket if it’s not a T20 or T10 league and for the time being it seems that probably won’t change. I’ve directed matches between Ireland and Afghanistan a few years back that were on its website and YouTube and these were teams playing for test status. Cricket still has a market and a place but it would seem that place is going to be predominantly on pay tv but as people look to recover from Covid pay tv might be a luxury people have to get rid off. Cricket from a production view can be done on the cheap 5 cameras at a minimum but 2 of them have to be able to shoot the ball out of hand and follow so really 7 cameras is the minimum if the crew isn’t that good or experienced. The ICC can get the people happy to do associate cricket with a minimum budget for streaming and a possible app if they want to but for international cricket pay tv will probably continue to be the main source until streaming platforms slowly take over. The world of free to air unless there is a second coming will most likely slowly die off.

Investigating cricket’s broadcast conundrum

Great article Tim, really hard to find fault with. As a Viv and Lara fan I tried to find justification for their omissions but couldn’t really. I never saw Barrington play but I’m happy to take the word of those who did and his record in Oz speaks for itself. The bowling attack is scary good and I’ve had it said to me more than once that Knott was in a field of his own as a keeper. My two best mates and I had a great debate re the Oz all time XI that was posted recently but I reckon this is pretty spot on. Well done.

The all-time Rest of the World XI to play Australia

Ahh you might be right mate. I was sure I heard it was his kids but could well be wrong.

Dennis Cometti: Australia's greatest commentator

Joke sorry not job.

Dennis Cometti: Australia's greatest commentator

His kids used to give him obscure songs where he would have to try and work a line into if the opportunity presented itself as a kind of family job. Brilliant commentator.

Dennis Cometti: Australia's greatest commentator

Good question? Apparently it was Roy Cazaly’s young daughter who came up with the name of the Hawks during his coaching tenure in the early 1940’s. They became the Hawks in 43 after she told him there’s nothing scary about a flower. I think she was about 8 at the time and so Cazaly approached the club and they changed it.

Four burning questions for Hawthorn ahead of the AFL restart

I’m finding this an interesting read Les and as somebody who threw a chair thru a TV after the 94 Qualifying Final and got hit by a car after the 2010 GF draw I feel your passion. I don’t see it as half glass empty fandom although Pete makes some valid points re who we got but the big difference is I’d rather lose Prelims than Grand Finals that’s for sure.
As for this article I’m still angry that Daicos went the way he did. I was at the G that day he did the lap of honour and I cried like a kid finding out about Santa. The new Magpies were part of the reason we now have an AFL as clubs were paying overs for players they couldn’t afford. As much as I love Collingwood I hate football fans who bitch about the non Victorian clubs the Pies needed the expansion clubs almost as much as any others. Your take on John Cahill is interesting because Victorians are in my opinion quite ignorant to just how good the SANFL was in the 70’s to late 80’s and Port Adelaide were a phenomenal club under Cahill and he was a great coach records get broken and Cahill was on the end of one shared with John Kennedy but apparently if you’re not a Vic and you go home you can’t cut it in the VFL. You didn’t say that but it’s the consensus amongst football fans of a certain age demographic. Bucks also gave his word to North first not us but pressure from his old man saw him at Collingwood and just like Brisbane supporters like to remind him he missed 3 flags so do North people and players that he missed 2 there.

The 15 most irritating Collingwood moments of all time: Part 2

I’m sorry you had an awful time Angela and I appreciate the cost involved. For what’s it worth I’m all for the GF being played away from Melbourne in seasons that non Victorian clubs earn the right, the problem is the AFL simply are not going to budge on the issue because of this contract.

The Vic-centric AFL discriminates against WA clubs

I don’t think there would have been much in it for the bowlers mate that’s for sure. Aravinda De Silva played a season at Mildura East as a young man, tho it escapes me when and then there was the U19 World Cup played there and in the Riverland of SA in 88 or 89. A mates cousin billeted a young Inzaman who’s grasp of the English language at the time consisted of “Yes” “No” and “Food”

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

Yeah Mon.

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

Great piece Peter,
It was a nice little trip down memory lane as that series is the first that I remember clearly. I actually spent Xmas holidays in Tennet Creek in the NT of all places and most days was to hot to do anything so as a 9 year old just plonked in front of the TV air con blasting and the ABC coverage keeping me company. Those days of the proper tour matches were definitely something and in the summer of 81-82 the mighty West Indies actually played a tour match in my home town of Mildura against a Vic Country side. I remember nothing of the match, it was a draw according to records but for years a prized possession was the back page of our local news paper with the caption “The Bigger They Are The More The Kids Love Them” and there’s me looking up at the great Joel Garner as he signed my autograph. Years later work took me to the Caribbean for a few trips and I always got along really well with Jeff Dujon. One day I was telling him that story and he started laughing I asked him if he remembered the match, he leaned in and said “Woody what I remember is that Viv had a really, really really good time in Mildura Mon.”

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

You did cost yourself a couple mate that’s for sure. Wasn’t trying to talk down Ports flag tho.

The Vic-centric AFL discriminates against WA clubs

Morgs,
I agree with something’s you’ve said mate and others are a bit Maah. I’ve lived all around Australia I consider myself Victorian but I’ve grown up a fan of Aussie rules. I bait my mates all the time who think the VFL – AFL is the be all and end all of the sport and some arrogantly still refer to “The Interstate Clubs”” like they ruined the VFL. The AFL does a lot right but it doesn’t respect and appreciate the history of SA and WA football that’s for certain. However in a 18 club 23 round season with 10 teams in Victoria it will always suck for the WA teams for the pure and simple reason that they are so isolated. I’ve mentioned before I hope the 17 round season is here to stay because it’s fair and it could possibly open the door to a return of State of Origin. As for the GF being at the G for the next 35 years get over it cause it ain’t changing. It used to be worse because the G was guaranteed both Preliminary Finals till 05. Brisbane had to play a home Prelim v Geelong at the G in 04 and that possibly (no disrespect to Port) could have cost them a record 4 flags in a row. Will the GF at the G ever change? It probably will but it won’t be anytime soon. As for Eddie and Eddie bashing yeah the bloke is vegemite mate but he’s not the first club President who’s been up to his eyeballs in the media and he won’t be the last. Did Brayshaw annoy you when he commentated whilst President of North? Should Kochie not be allowed to host Sunrise cause it’s on 7? Where’s the line drawn with media personalities and football involvement? Finally I’ve had some great GF eves drinking beer and talking football with Eagles, Swans and Docker fans and none of them had a problem being in Melbourne in fact they all thought it was “part of what makes it special” is being at the G on Grand Final Day.

The Vic-centric AFL discriminates against WA clubs

I think the Pies are a massive chance to make it “3rd time lucky” this year. I was bitterly disappointed in the Prelim final loss to GWS last year and if I’m honest I don’t think we would have rolled Richmond. Losing two GF’s back to back would have been gutting and I think it would have been considerably harder this year and even more so given what has played out. Jaiden Stephenson will make a huge difference this year and I have a feeling that Josh Daicos could surprise and get a regular gurnsey. The back line will continue to make life tough for opponents and by all rights Collingwood should fear nobody.
Playing the Grand Final in October helps also.

Four burning questions for Collingwood ahead of the AFL restart

Sky U.K. have the rights to the NRL and at the start of the season were showing quite a few matches, they even showed the 9’s this year. Previously Premier Sports in the U.K. had the rights but it was a pay extra scenario. I may be wrong but I think Premier only had an SD channel. I’m not sure how long the contract is but as of 2020 Sky definitely have the rights to the NRL. It will probably be a case of one of the lesser Sky channels showing the matches once football kicks back into gear over here and with no Super Rugby I’d expect them to continue to show quite a few games a week.

The importance of morning rugby: Why the NRL needs to push UK advertising

I have one Adam, unfortunately my work dictates that I miss a few also and it’s hard to find the time to watch a full round of 9 matches.

Four burning questions for Brisbane ahead of the AFL restart

I’m looking forward to seeing what Brisbane bring to the table this year and also hopefully being able to see a bit more of them. The U.K. does ok with its AFL coverage on BT and ESPN but fair to say the Lions didn’t get much of a look in. Hopefully the AFL shares the broadcast love this season and I can get a better gauge on them.

Four burning questions for Brisbane ahead of the AFL restart

I’m a huge wrap for the 17 round season purely cause I see it as a perfect way to reintroduce state of origin.

Four burning questions for Brisbane ahead of the AFL restart

My whole love of the game stems from Norwood v Port and that rivalry. There’s a story that goes when Collingwood beat Melbourne in the 58 GF to deny the Dees equaling the 4 flags in a row that the Pies won between 27-30. Norm Smith walked into the Collingwood rooms and said “I hate you bastards but by Christ I admire you”. I feel that way about Port Adelaide.

Footy is back, but do we care?

As a self confessed footy nuffy I’ve found this season (or so far lack of) an interesting one in regards to the AFL. As a kid I was a bit of a gypsy as in I moved a lot and my introduction to Aussie Rules was thru the SANFL in the late 70’s to mid 80’s. I spent a bit of time in Perth also so there was the WAFL and I also had a soft spot for the VFA when I moved to Victoria. This year so far I’ve found myself more concerned with those leagues and what the future holds especially for some of the clubs. I was raised to hate Port Adelaide in a Norwood family but have oddly found myself worrying about what their future holds. Not necessarily in the AFL but the club in general given that it’s their 150th anniversary and the history they have. I have no ties to East Fremantle but was gutted to hear they needed to set up a Go Fund Me page. I’ve read about West Adelaide, Central Districts, West Perth and Perth and how clubs who form the fabric of the games history are struggling with what Covid has done to them, the whole time thinking the AFL will be just fine. As June 12 gets closer I’m looking forward to a return to footy from an AFL perspective but still wondering can the SANFL survive this year as a amateur league? What about Port Melbourne, Williamstown and the VFL stand alone clubs? Is no WAFL in 2020 going to help the struggling clubs I mentioned before? It’s easy to get all consumed by the AFL and what’s happening but I love the so called 2nd tier and hope they’re ok going forward. As far as the AFL season goes I think it will be fascinating to see what a 17 round season with hubs brings to the table. If a SA or WA team wins it will be an amazing achievement if they don’t find themselves playing at home all season. Let’s see what unfolds one thing is for sure it’s a season that will be spoken about for years to come.

Footy is back, but do we care?

I think obviously if you’re to young to appreciate its very easy to be oblivious to how important Mo was to the Aussie team during those glum years. He was a fighter and he played with great spirit. I was a huge fan. I’d have KJ Hughes at 3 instead of Yallop despite it all ending in tears (pardon the poor pun) he was an exceptional player Hughes who doesn’t get his just deserts when we speak of modern greats.

The best Aussie Test XI of the 1980s

What’s the saying Rowdy, in SA we learn the alphabet then we learn about Barry Robran. I am a little to young sadly but my late grandfather who was Sturt thru and thru would wax lyrical about Robran. His favourite dig at me (cause I was born in Victoria) was Robran was all the proof required that SA was the superior football state as it was home to the greatest player of all time. Sadly I feel like the names Robran and Michael will slowly become less well known as the AFL continues to rewrite the history of our code and great game. It’s up to blokes who saw SANFL and WAFL footy at its peak before the AFL invasion to keep these blokes at the forefront when discussing Australian Rules and not AFL.

AFL returning on June 11 with use of Gold Coast hub