Australian Football League To Trial Jerseys With Players' Names During Weekend Contests
The Australian Football League's players will have "their names printed above their jumper number in a league first" this weekend, according to Jon Pierik of the CANBERRA TIMES. Clubs have "pushed for the trial for some time, and it could eventually be a money-spinner." Club apparel with names and numbers, "such as training tops and T-shirts, have been available for some time but, if successful, added sales of the official guernsey, as is the case in American sports, could be a popular new market." AFL Football Operations Manager Mark Evans said, "Clubs have been coming to us for a while asking us to consider this idea based on the fact there are lots of young people and new people to our game who they think could have some benefit by being able to recognize names" (CANBERRA TIMES, 4/15).