The 2014 AFL season kicks off this weekend with Seven delivering more blockbuster footy on more nights than ever before as recruits Wayne Carey, Jude Bolton and comedian Mick Molloy join the biggest names in football on Seven’s expanded commentary team.
However Seven will again fail to provide the one thing viewers have been repeatedly asking for – HD.
Seven will once again present 4 matches per round in SD, even in states where coverage is provided on HD channel 7Mate, it was also continue to provide only a SD feed to Foxtel's Fox Footy channel restricting the pay-tv rival to providing an upscaled coverege.
Seven’s coverage launches on Friday Night with an extended match preview of the Collingwood vs Fremantle match starting at the all-new time of 7pm AEDT on 7mate. In Victoria and South Australia the coverage moves to Channel 7 at 7.30pm AEDT. All-time great Wayne Carey features throughout the night as an expert analyst.
On Saturdays, comedian Mick Molloy takes a seat on the panel for the Saturday Night Footy pregame show to add a ‘voice from the outer’ with his sharp and irreverent look at the AFL.
Swans champion and dual premiership star Jude Bolton also joins the team on Saturday and Sunday afternoons as a field commentator.
Throughout the season, Sunday Night Football also comes to primetime on Seven for the first time with two blockbuster matches – the Round 3 clash between Essendon and Carlton, and the Round 15 battle between Carlton and arch enemies Collingwood.
There will be more Thursday Night Football in 2014 too, with five matches on Seven, up from three last year.
Off the field, Seven’s weekly line-up of AFL programs will also include the return of fan favourites Talking Footy, AFL Game Day and Footy Flashbacks.
After resuming for the finals series last year, Talking Footy is back for a full season with Luke Darcy as host with experts Tim Watson and Wayne Carey. It will air 7.30pm Mondays on 7mate and 11.30pm on Channel 7.
On Sunday morning AFL Game Day is back in full swing with host Hamish McLachlan, Jude Bolton, Luke Ball, Andrew Welsh and Seven News chief football reporter Mark Stevens.
Footy Flashbacks then takes a look back at last year’s memorable Grand Final clash between the Hawks and Fremantle. In 2014 Footy Flashbacks will feature 11 new episodes, including specials on Paul Roos, Tim Watson, Luke Hodge, Brendon Gale, Tony Liberatore, John Worsfold, Mick Malthouse and Nick Riewoldt.