Getty Images The Australian Football League (AFL) has marked its return to action by announcing reduced broadcast deals with commercial broadcaster Seven and pay-TV operator Foxtel. Having resumed play on 11th June, after the country’s top Australian rules football league competition was suspended on 22nd March due to Covid-19, the AFL announced a fresh deal with Seven, which revises the current contract for the 2020 campaign, as well as 2021 and 2022, while also adding a two-year extension that takes the partnership into 2023 and 2024. A revised deal with Foxtel, announced on 12th June and continuing through to 2022, was also confirmed. The AFL’s mobile rights agreement with Telstra, which likewise runs through to 2022, remains unchanged, with the telecommunications firm to continuing paying AUS$50 million (US$34. 5 million) per year. AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan said the revised five-year deal with Seven for 2020/2024 was for AUS$730 million (US$503.
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