Wild world of sport
Footy fans are in for a treat with more televised live games than ever. By COLIN VICKERY
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.”
FOX FOOTY, COVERAGE STARTS THURSDAY, MARCH 24, 6.30PM