Posted: 14 April, 2011
by Ronny Lerner
AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou Has No Plans To Move Brownlow Medal Count To Sydney
Footy boss Andrew Demetriou has some bad news for the NSW government.
AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast that he had no plans to move the Brownlow Medal Count to Sydney any time soon.
Hear Demetriou's full chat with Triple M's Hot Breakfast here (2m 23s):
The Herald Sun reported on Thursday that the league confirmed it had held secret talks with the New South Wales government which is keen on hosting the gala event for the first time since 1999.
But Demetriou assured Melburnians that while other noteworthy events on the AFL calendar could be moved elsewhere around Australia, there was little chance of footy’s night of nights heading north of the border.
“We’ve been in discussions with various groups about some of our events, I think you saw last year we took the draft to Queensland because of the introduction of the Gold Coast Suns,” Demetriou told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast.
“Certainly we’d be keen to talk about the draft being in New South Wales given what’s going on with GWS.”
“Things like the Brownlow and other events, we’ve always been approached about those things and it is a national code but it's certainly something that isn’t on our radar at the moment.”
Victorian premier Ted Baillieu also spoke to Triple M’s Hot Breakfast on Thursday and he said that it would be a mistake to shift the Brownlow Medal to Sydney.
Hear Baillieu's full chat about Sydney trying to host the Brownlow Medal here (4m 21s):
“If you’re going to do this sort of thing you’ve got to do it smart,” he said.
“The Brownlow’s been to Sydney once before, it was a flop.”
“The Brownlow’s a part of grand final week, it’s a part of VFL history, AFL history and Victorian history and this is the right place for it to be.”
“To attempt to snatch it and put it in Sydney would be a mistake for the Brownlow (and) I think a mistake for the AFL.”
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