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In defence of soccer

Crikey readers talk anti-Semitism and why Bernard Keane knows nothing about soccer.

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Occupied, disputed or invaded?

Crikey readers have their say on Rolf Harris, unemployment and other issues of the day.

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Just blame Clive

Crikey readers have their say on Clive Palmer’s senators and the problem with Thursday night footy.

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Media briefs: Cater too shonky? … Paul Kelly’s escalator of decline … Majak Daw …

Cater rides again. Following the Australian’s anti-plain-packaging propaganda extravaganza, readers might wonder if there is any piece of right-wing pseudo-science that News Ltd won’t run. Nick Cater has the answer. The former executive editor, now being put out to grass at the Menzies Research Centre, has a piece in Spiked, attacking the calumny heaped on […]

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Footy fail: the AFL has lost its way

The AFL is dedicated to making a profit and pleasing broadcasters, with footy club members taken for granted. It’s a pity the AFL is not run more like US sports teams.

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Want to own a sports team? Tinkler and the ‘narcissistic’ ownership model

Nathan Tinkler’s ownership of the Newcastle Knights NRL club shows the risk to fans in private ownership. Crikey examines the richies playing ball and the cost when it all goes wrong.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: a big night for Nine, despite the footy

Replacing My Kitchen Rules with an AFL game did great things for audience share on rival networks.

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iSentia index: football, foreign affairs and finance dominate

It’s rare for state politicians to make national news, but controversial WA MP Troy Buswell has managed it — and not for the first time.

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Lauded as the AFL’s saviour, but Demetriou missed the mark

Andrew Demetriou will retire at the end of this season, amid accolades and praise. But was he actually good for AFL?

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten bounces back

Channel 10 had a rare win last night with proven favourite NCIS.

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Ten million reasons to worry about the AFL Commission

Buddy Franklin’s $10-million defection to the Swans has highlighted the AFL Commission’s faults. Here are three of the most concerning, according to Adam Schwab.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — footy, food and not much else

ABC’s comedy line-up was a much-needed alternative to wall-to-wall footy coverage and food shows.

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Media briefs: Aston splits … Tele pic … ‘green eggs and ham’ …

The Daily Telegraph can’t identify a man charged with child pornography — but it did include a photograph of him. Although his face was blurred, it didn’t take long to find the original on a government website.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — Wonderland an expensive turkey for hapless Ten

Ten’s second-in-command Russel Howcroft manages to attract more viewers to Gruen shows on ABC than any of the programs on his own network.

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Footyglots: Aussie Rules goes multilingual

This weekend’s AFL grand final will have commentary in 11 different languages, thanks to Footify — an unlikely campaign funded by NAB.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — boring Brownlow brings in viewers

The Brownlow Medal telecast might’ve been same-old-same-old, but AFL tragics loved it.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — facts and football draw in viewers

Football boosts ratings as commercial networks battle reality TV fatigue.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: ho hum, is it footy finals yet?

You know it’s a bad night of TV when Home and Away and Big Brother are the best things on.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — a quiet night for all

It wasn’t a great night for any network, but Channel 7’s reality TV shows were still the worst programming on offer.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — another expensive turkey for Nine

Election coverage was the big winner this weekend, as viewers turned away from expensive programming mistakes on the commercial networks.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — footy and politics draw in viewers

Another solid night of ABC programming kept viewers riveted, with the AFL and NRL Footy Shows the only other thing to come close.

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Where has old-fashioned politicking gone?

Crikey readers talk the leaders’ debate, the AFL peptides scandal and boredom on the campaign trail.

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Essendon was stupid, but it’s the AFL with governance issues

James Hird and the Essendon football club have been at least reckless, but it’s the AFL with the most questions to answer in a drugs saga set to spoil this year’s final series for fans.

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Forget Hird and the Bombers — is the AFL itself bringing the game into disrepute?

There’s no shortage of opinions on the conduct of the Essendon Football Club and coach James Hird, but as Bob Gosford writes, the AFL itself isn’t completely innocent.

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