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‘The money isn’t there’: why the NRL and AFL won’t double their deals this time round

At the last round of negotiations, both the NRL and AFL added hundreds of millions to their broadcast rights deals. But today, the NRL is pulling in fewer viewers, while cash-strapped networks are looking unlikely to hand out more for the AFL.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: pissing in one’s mouth is a traditional value

We should quit expecting the unlikely convergence of great talent with great moral courage. Plus, what’s so wrong with bubbling?

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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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What we have learnt from AFL, NRL drugs scandals

The NRL has issued penalties to the Cronulla Sharks over its drugs scandal. Freelance writer Sally Whyte compares that to how the Essendon Bombers were treated by the AFL over their own ‘supplements’ transgression.

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iSentia index: everybody’s talking about politicians rorting

Bikie laws, Sonny Bill Williams and politicians forced to repay expense claims were the hot topics this week. And Tony Abbott came out on top.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings — Ten hits near-record low for audience numbers

Seven was the clear winner last night, as viewers turn from Nine and avoid Ten altogether.

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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: football and talent shows rule the airwaves

The NRL grand final dominated viewing last night.

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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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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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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 — 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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Could football survive without the gambling industry?

While sports betting is increasingly controversial, outlawing its advertising and sponsorship could have dire consequences for some football clubs. Is the NRL now as addicted to gambling as the punters?

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The Bulldogs’ new female CEO could be a game-changer

Is a crack forming in the glass ceiling of professional sporting codes? The Bulldogs’ appointment of the first female to run a footy team is a step in the right direction, writes Crikey publishing director Marina Go.

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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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Parramatta ‘puppet show’: NRL club chairman in online war

Parramatta Eels chairman Roy Spagnolo is taking on one high-profile supporter in a bitter war over the club’s board. The campaigning from rival tickets last December is still playing out after season kick-off.

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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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Glenn Dyer’s TV ratings: Ten crashes and burns

Now Ten is being beaten by the digital channels, which is downright embarrassing. Ten needs to take a hard look at is programming — and its board.

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Bombshell sports probe: drugs and corruption to ‘disgust’ fans

Sports fans are bracing for the worst as sports and justice chiefs dropped a bombshell today: allegations of the widespread and systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs in Australian sport.

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Media briefs: GF ratings … the Kohler tax … Apple radio? …

One thing is certain from the weekend grand finals for the AFL and NRL: rugby league has a much stronger following in Melbourne than the AFL has in Sydney. Plus, The Australian’s price rise and other media news.

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Grand final ratings: RL in Melbourne beats AFL in Sydney

Melbourne sports fans like rugby league more than Sydney fans like AFL. That’s what you can take out of TV ratings for the weekend’s two grand finals.

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Age ‘toon backdown … NT News trolls … AFL beats NRL …

In today’s Media Briefs: Age backs down on cartoon scrapping … NT News trolls attack the dead … AFL beats rugby league in TV ratings … Front Page of the Day … The Department of Corrections …

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Media briefs: NRL’s $1b deal … Fairfax journos meet … ConsMedia deal …

In today’s Media Briefs: Nine and Foxtel seal $1.025 billion NRL deal … Press Council: media regulation stories out of bounds. … Fairfax journos down keyboards for stop-work … Front Page of the Day …

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Nine, Foxtel seal $1.025 billion NRL deal

Nine and Foxtel have again won the rights for the next five years to broadcast the NRL (including the State of Origin) for a total of $1.025 billion.

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Faceless man to football’s face? Arbib touted as league boss

The race is on to replace David Gallop as head of the Australian Rugby League Commission, with former federal sports minister Mark Arbib touted as one of the front runners to be rugby league’s new boss.

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