Friday, 18 March 2005

Around The Grounds

Motlop officially a Demon,

After some last-minute confusion, Melbourne has managed to secure a deal with North Adelaide for the release of midfielder/forward Shannon Motlop to replace the late Troy Broadbridge on the Demons' list for 2005.

The Demons and North Adelaide had both submitted the appropriate paperwork with the AFL by the 9.30am Tuesday deadline set by the League, but were unable to receive acknowledgement from the AFL that the deal had been approved because league officials were tied up in a meeting.

As a result, senior coach Neale Daniher, who had been expecting to announce that Motlop was now a Demon, advised the media at training at Victoria Park just before 10am that there had been a hold-up.

Eddie uses MFC as a pawn in TV rights scandal,

The future of three Victorian clubs could be endangered if there is no auction of the next round of AFL media rights, Channel Nine's Eddie McGuire said in a blistering attack last night.

He said the alliance of Seven and Ten - trying to squeeze Nine out of the bidding - was a push to get football rights at "bargain basement prices".

"There'll be lucky to be eight clubs in the competition if the competitive balance fund goes, if . . . there's no rights money coming in," McGuire said on The Footy Show. The fund has propped up the finances of the Western Bulldogs, the Kangaroos and Melbourne in recent years.

"Let's not forget that this game of AFL football is still in a precarious economic condition," McGuire said.

He said the Nine network was yet to decide whether to launch a rival bid.

Melbourne vs Essendon, 7.10pm Saturday March 26th at the MCG. Bring it on.

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