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Channel Ten Interested In Australian Football League Broadcast Rights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 27 / 14

Channel Ten "has signalled its interest in bidding" for the next Australian Football League broadcast rights, "even if the AFL decides it wants a 10-year agreement," according to Jon Pierik of THE AGE. AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan "has floated the prospect of an extended deal," with the present five-yea...

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Three Hearts Bids Are 'Unacceptable'

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PFA Chair Backs BT Dressing Room Access

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IPC Extends London Marathon Contract

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BT Sport To Seek Dressing Room Access

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