It’s nice to know where Eddie McGuire is coming from. Viewers of the
Network’s AFL Footy Show last night in Melbourne and other southern states saw the full-on Eddie,
we in the deep north had to read his amazing spray in The Australian or wait up to past our bedtimes on Nine. Sleep is more preferred than
raves, so I read The Australian.

Here are some choice bits from Eddie’s editorial last night:

“Let there be no mistake, yesterday’s announcement by channels Seven and Ten
join forces was a bold bid for the television rights and it is obviously
also a
deliberate effort to knock Channel Nine out cold, out of the auction for
next round of television rights,” McGuire said in a prepared statement read
on The Footy Show.

“This is also a major push to get the rights at bargain-basement prices,
will happen if Channel Nine is out of the game and out of the auction.”

Crocodile tears Eddie. Nine made The Footy Show into a cult when Seven had the AFL rights and wouldn’t allow any vision to
used. Seven couldn’t and still can’t make a Footy Show style program work. The rave last night was unbecoming. He’s made sure
won’t be a commentator should Nine lose the battle for the free to air

Can Collingwood afford to keep him should Seven and Ten win?

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