Wild world of sport

Footy fans are in for a treat with more tele­vised live games than ever. By COLIN VICK­ERY

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

GAME on! Jonathan Brown and Matty Johns are set to spear­head a new era of AFL and NRL tele­casts af­ter Fox Sports’ his­toric broad­cast deal in Novem­ber. Fox Sports is pre­par­ing to tele­vise ev­ery AFL and NRL game this sea­son be­fore the Grand Fi­nals live and in high defi ni­tion.

Brown, a triplepremier­ship Bris­bane Lions star, will con­tinue his role as an ex­pert com­men­ta­tor for Fox Footy.

“The story of this sea­son is, ‘ Can Hawthorn four- peat?’” he asks.

“I love watch­ing great sides play and dy­nas­ties un­fold. Hawthorn has the abil­ity to keep mov­ing on to the next chal­lenge.”

Essendon is at the other end of the spec­trum, the Bombers still reel­ing from the fall­out of their 2013 sup­ple­ments saga.

The Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion of Sports found 34 past and present play­ers guilty of dop­ing and sus­pended them for the en­tire 2016 sea­son.

Essendon has had to turn to top-up play­ers to fill their list and that has Brown pre­dict­ing they will claim this year’s wooden spoon.

“For­tu­nately, [ new coach] John Wors­fold is a solid premier­ship coach, so he should be able to lead them through tur­bu­lent times,” Brown says.

“West Coast is a re­ally good chance [ to trou­ble Hawthorn]. They get back All- Aus­tralian de­fender Eric MacKen­zie and an­other key de­fender in Mitch Brown.

“Geelong should come back into the top eight with the re­cruit­ment of [ for­mer Ade­laide Crows su­per­star] Pa­trick Danger­field.

“And can the Western Bull­dogs con­tinue their run of im­prove­ment this year? There are lots of sto­ry­lines to keep me in­ter­ested.”

AFL SEA­SON

FOX FOOTY, COV­ER­AGE STARTS THURS­DAY, MARCH 24, 6.30PM

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