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Should all nine AFL games be on free-to-air with fans locked out?


With fans set to be locked out from games indefinitely – assuming the season goes ahead at all – should all nine games be on free-to-air television?

Channel 7 Melbourne Managing Director Lewis Martin says a decision like that is not one he has power over.

“That wouldn’t be my call,” he told SEN Breakfast.

“That’s not something I would seek or contemplate. That would be (above) me.

“What I do know though is if we go to air tomorrow night, we’ve got plans in place for the season to be altered.”

Martin added that the network won’t be looking to capitalise off the awful situation that is the coronavirus.

“At the moment you’d go with the splits that both broadcasters previously had,” he said.

“I’m not going to be pushing or leveraging for anything other than what’s been experienced before.

“This is not a time to maximise an outcome.”

Assuming Carlton versus Richmond goes ahead tomorrow, Martin said it will be a very unique broadcast.

“There's going to be some really unique things should we go to air - the sounds at the game are going to be extraordinary,” he said.

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