Friday Night Football (Australia)
In Australia, Friday Night Football is the broadcasting of both the Australian Football League (AFL) and National Rugby League (NRL) Friday night matches on television. Friday Night Football is generally considered to be the biggest stage and generates the most publicity for the clubs involved in both codes. The Seven Network have the broadcast rights for the AFL, while the Nine Network holds the rights to the NRL which it has had held since 1992.
Both codes are shown in all states and territories, however the timing and scheduling depends on which code is more dominant in its respective state. The dominant codes are Australian rules football in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania; and rugby league in New South Wales, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory.
In the dominant states, Friday Night Football is broadcast on the respective networks primary channels. Historically, the code which was not deemed the dominant code for its state was shown in a late-night timeslot, however with the addition of multi-channels, the networks have been able to show matches live all across the country from 2012. AFL matches in New South Wales, Queensland and ACT are shown on 7mate while NRL matches are shown in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia on GEM.
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