SEVEN is delighted to announce that MICHAEL MALTHOUSE, BRIAN TAYLOR, LUKE DARCY, CAMERON LING, and BRETT KIRK will join its AFL broadcast commentary team from next year.
Together they are five of the biggest names in football – and they’re coming to the home of football at Channel 7.
MICHAEL MALTHOUSE: A triple premiership coach and an icon of AFL football.
CAMERON LING: A triple premiership player who held the cup aloft as Geelong captain in 2011.
BRIAN TAYLOR: A boisterous Coleman medalist and one of the kings of football commentary.
LUKE DARCY: A champion Bulldogs ruckman and AFLPA MVP winner.
BRETT KIRK: The revered Swans captain and premiership player with a unique perspective on life.
They join what is already regarded as the pre-eminent stable of match-day AFL broadcasters in the country, led by DENNIS COMETTI, BRUCE MCAVANEY, LEIGH MATTHEWS, TIM WATSON, TOM HARLEY and MATTHEW RICHARDSON.
In addition, Seven can also announce that AFL Game Day host HAMISH MCLACHLAN and Channel 7 Perth sports presenter BASIL ZEMPILAS will enjoy expanded roles as match commentators.
Collectively it’s a line-up that represents the most decorated, revered and popular figures in AFL football today.
In all Seven’s commentary team has won 21 premierships, 17 best-and-fairest awards and played or coached in 3315 games.
And footy fans won’t have to pay a cent to enjoy their unrivalled commentary and analysis as Seven steps up to become the sole free-to-air broadcaster of AFL football next year.
Under the 2012-2016 AFL broadcast agreement, Seven will show four games every weekend during the home-and-away season, as well as every final and the Brownlow Medal. The AFL Grand Final will also be shown exclusively live on Seven.
The Managing Director of Channel 7 Melbourne, LEWIS MARTIN, said:
“This is the start of a new era for AFL on Seven and we’re tremendously excited that they’ve accepted our invitation to come onboard.”
“We reckon we’ve got the best AFL commentary team in the business, some giants of the game, and these new additions only make us stronger.
“They’re astute, they’re passionate, they’re connected to the game, and they’ll give viewers an insight in the footy they won’t find anywhere else,” he said.
Seven’s Head of Sport, SAUL SHTEIN, said:
“When I look at the names on this list, I feel privileged to be a member of the Seven Sport team. It includes some of the greatest players, coaches, captains and callers of all time.
“Their success, on the field or in the commentary booth, speaks for itself, but it is also their personalities which will provide plenty of entertainment.
“It is with great anticipation and excitement here at Seven that we look forward to season 2012. We just love the footy.”