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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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Inside the AFL drugs saga: the games journos, spinners are playing

Behind the ongoing drugs saga at AFL club Essendon is a daily game between footy reporters and the spinners trying to shape the story. Crikey investigates the leading players.

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AFL’s expansion plans get the wooden spoon

The AFL should never have created the Gold Coast Suns and Greater Western Sydney Giants. They are a noose around the neck of the other 16 clubs. What was the code thinking?

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The great media airlift: sports bodies fly in journos for coverage

The V8 Supercar racing series flew journalists to America to cover an event. It’s not the first time they’ve done it, and other sports like the AFL are also putting journalists on planes to maximise coverage.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: what next for seven after My Kitchen Rules plates up?

Channel Seven has been winning the ratings war, even up against The Voice, but with its main viewer-winner My Kitchen Rules ending, will it keep its edge?

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The players are victims in sports drug witch hunt

The deck is stacked against athletes, who damage their bodies and minds irrevocably for the chance to play at the top level for a few years, writes Dr James Connor.

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Tips and rumours

Has Bob Carr deleted Facebook page? … Ian Macdonald scandal spreads to car rally … can Crikey’s Cinderella go to Rupert Murdoch’s ball?

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