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AFL still seeking China broadcast deal for this weekends game

SportKevin Perry

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This weekend will see the AFL play a premiership season match in China for the first time in a move designed to expose the unique football code to a massive new audience, but the league is yet to secure a broadcaster for the match in China.

The match in Shanghai, will see the Port Adelaide Football Club play the Gold Coast SUNS on Sunday May 14

Coverage of the game will be broadcast in Australia via the Seven Network. However at this stage there is no confirmed broadcaster for the game in China. This despite the fact that some Port Adelaide matches were broadcast in China last year.

A spokesperson for the AFL confirmed negotiations were continuing to secure a broadcaster telling DeciderTV that “the AFL is still working through” details of a China TV deal and “hopefully” the league would be “in a position to announce details in the next day or two”

If the AFL is unable to secure a broadcaster for the game, it will mean the only Chinese people who see the contest are the 10,000 fans that have secured tickets