Even though the AFL has tried to gather support in the northern states its viewership is still in the codes’ heartland.
TV ratings for the NRL and AFL grand finals show its still a challenge to engage a national broadcast audience that covers non-traditional areas.
Understanding what makes a great leader depends upon the measure of success, which in commercial sport is brutally unambiguous.
The goal of identifying leadership attributes that translate into team success remains as elusive in sport as it does in other spheres of human endeavour.
Susan Alberti (left) and Debbie Lee were pivotal to the formation of the national women’s AFL competition.
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Change Agents: Establishing a national women’s football league.
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Andrew Dodd talks to Susan Alberti and Debbie Lee about their fight to overcome prejudice and establish a national women's AFL competition.
It may not be comfortable or easy to do but racist abuse needs to be challenged in sport and our society.
Sport can be a driver for change; it can make a difference in people’s lives and unify communities, particularly around national successes. But it can also create tensions and cause conflict.
Whichever way you look at it, Australian rules football makes a clear difference for the better in people’s lives.
In their hearts, everyone associated with the AFL knows the decline in the community is real.
Sport continues to be one of Australia’s most potent social lubricants.
Public discourse and commentary are generally blind to the massive contribution that local sport contributes to social connectedness.
Footballer Adam Goodes was daring to speak of things that many Australians would prefer to be ignorant of.
Until we see a marked change in the stories that are told, together with a shift from inclusion to social justice, the national story of Australian sport will remain very, very white.
The Papunya elders who organised the event were less concerned about their team winning and more about ensuring each community got a fair go.
Sports weekends are where family connections are sustained, and culture is infused into Australian football games played on country.
Are players victims of workplace hazards or willing participants in known dangers?
The 2016 State of Origin rugby league competition is over for another year and the focus has shifted to off-field events with claims for compensation for brain injury.
The AFL must be prepared to take a consistent, ethical position on sexism and misogyny in the game.
Despite efforts to make football a more inclusive game, the AFL has been long been dogged by accusations of sexism and misogyny.
Eddie McGuire caused a furore by suggesting the drowning of prominent sports journalist Caroline Wilson.
Two AFL club presidents have created a furore with their 'banter' about the drowning of a female journalist. Here's how it happened, and why it's unacceptable.
Football is now seen as a legitimate sporting pursuit for girls and women.
Playing football demands full-contact physicality. How does celebrating women playing elite level football impact the way gender and sexuality is perceived, experienced and made possible?
The AFL season opened this week. But on the day that Collingwood was slated to play Sydney, the media was focusing on much more than the footy. The Herald Sun alleged that 11 Collingwood players had positive…
Hawthorn Hawks played better than expected in 2015 and beat the West Coast Eagles in the AFL Grand Final at the MCG.
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The path to grand final victory in AFL can be paved with many wins and losses. But it's measuring how a team plays against an expected result that can help them improve.
Predicting the outcome of each of the 198 AFL home-and-away matches is no small task.
If you're looking to win your colleagues' and friends’ respect in a footy tipping competition you can do a whole lot worse than simply tuning out of the countless hours of TV and radio analysis.
Try convincing Australian sports fans that Hawthorn’s dominance in the AFL is purely down to a cosmological coin flip.
Sport is by its very nature unpredictable, and that's why we love it.
Can the Cowboys do it again and win a back to back NRL grand final?
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The North Queensland Cowboys will be hoping to win back-to-back grand finals in this year's NRL. But what about that old saying on winning and losing?
The Wallabies may be flying high at the World Cup, but the picture for rugby union at home looks reasonably bleak.
Regardless of the World Cup final result, rugby union is dwarfed by the three other major football codes in Australia's competitive football landscape.
Footage was recently aired of Jake Carlisle, now at St Kilda, ingesting a white powder while on an end-of-year holiday.
This week the AFL announced revisions to its illicit drug policy. With strident critics calling for “zero tolerance” and even criminal sanctions for transgressions, it is an opportunity to reflect on why…
The level of contributions made by clubs to community purposes is low as a proportion of poker machine revenue.
Some clubs provide genuine benefits to their communities. Unfortunately, clubs have developed significant poker machine dependency – an average of about 60% of total revenue.