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Broadcast commentary team confirmed for 2023 AFL GRAND FINAL on CHANNEL 7

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The 2023 AFL season is hurtling towards an epic conclusion, with the Collingwood Magpies set to clash with the Brisbane Lions in the Grand Final at the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Channel 7, renowned as “Your Home of the AFL Grand Final,” is gearing up to provide fans with unbeatable live, free, and exclusive coverage of this historic event on both television and the 7plus streaming platform.

This year’s AFL Grand Final broadcast promises to be the most extensive ever, ensuring fans from all corners of Australia can savor every moment of this iconic sporting spectacle. The coverage spans from the early morning build-up to the post-match celebrations, making it a day to remember for footy enthusiasts nationwide.

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In a major coup for AFL fans, recently retired West Coast Eagles legend Nic Naitanui will join Seven’s Grand Final coverage as part of the Grand Final Brunch panel, hosted by Rebecca Maddern from 7NEWS Melbourne. Meanwhile, reigning premiership captain Joel Selwood will be part of the 7AFL team for post-match analysis, a year after leading his team to Grand Final glory.

Adding international flavor to the festivities, NBA legend and member of the iconic 1990s Chicago Bulls team, Scottie Pippen, will join Luke Darcy and a panel of 7AFL’s finest for the Grand Final Countdown.

With a collective tally of 30 AFL and AFLW Premierships among them, football’s #1 commentary team will present a formidable lineup for the Grand Final. This team includes the likes of Brian Taylor, James Brayshaw, Hamish McLachlan, Daisy Pearce, Luke Hodge, Matthew Richardson, Abbey Holmes, Patrick Dangerfield, Leigh Matthews, Luke Darcy, Shaun Burgoyne, Jude Bolton, Dale Thomas, Nathan Jones, Jobe Watson, Chris Johnson, Rebecca Maddern, Joel Selwood, Campbell Brown, and Georgie Parker. 7NEWS reporters Tom Browne and Mitch Cleary will keep viewers updated with breaking news throughout the day.

The Grand Final coverage kicks off at 7.00 am AEST on Channel 7, 7mate, and 7plus with the Weekend Sunrise AFL Grand Final Day Special. This extensive coverage will continue non-stop until the Grand Final post-match presentations and celebrations conclude at approximately 7.00 pm AEST.

Before the first bounce, Channel 7 will treat fans to the biggest-ever AFL Pre-Game Entertainment show, headlined by the legendary American rock band KISS. This high-energy production rivals international sporting events like the NFL Super Bowl Half Time Show and Olympic Opening Ceremonies, ensuring viewers won’t want to miss a single moment. AFL expert commentator Matthew Richardson will also have an exclusive interview with KISS frontmen Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley.

To ensure fans don’t miss any action, the Grand Final can be streamed live in full 1080p HD on any device via 7plus. It’s recommended that viewers download the app in advance to ensure uninterrupted viewing.

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For comprehensive coverage leading up to and during Seven’s Grand Final Day, fans can turn to 7NEWS.com.au. The website will feature a live rolling blog covering all the action on Saturday, as well as the 7NEWS.com.au AFL Match Centre.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director of Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport, expressed his excitement, saying,

“The 2023 AFL Grand Final is set to be the biggest, most impressive Grand Final Day broadcast ever seen. Do not miss a minute, right here on Seven, Your Home of Footy.”

As the countdown to the Grand Final continues, Channel 7 has a packed schedule of AFL-related programming. “Talking Finals” will air on Wednesday night, followed by “The Front Bar – Grand Final Special” on Thursday. On Friday morning, “Sunrise” will broadcast live from Federation Square in Melbourne, featuring special co-hosts Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley from KISS.

On Grand Final day, fans can expect a jam-packed lineup, including the Grand Final Brunch, the AFL Grand Final Countdown, the Grand Final Pre-Game Show featuring KISS, and, of course, the highly anticipated Grand Final match itself. Post-game coverage will include interviews with key figures, and fans can relive the action with an encore presentation later in the evening.

For those who can’t get enough AFL content, Seven’s AFL Hub on 7plus will offer access to episodes of “Talking Finals,” “The Front Bar,” and “Armchair Experts,” along with match previews, reviews, interviews, bonus player access, and features on demand.

Additionally, AFL Women’s matches can be streamed live and on-demand on 7plus, providing fans in NSW, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia with the opportunity to watch their home state teams throughout the season.

The 2023 AFL Grand Final promises to be a historic clash between the Brisbane Lions and Collingwood, rekindling a rivalry from two decades ago. With Channel 7’s unparalleled coverage and a star-studded lineup, footy fans are in for a day of excitement and entertainment that they won’t want to miss.

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2023 AFL Grand Fianl Broadcast Schedule (All times in AEST):

Wednesday, September 27:

Talking Finals at 9:15 pm (Sydney and Brisbane on 7plus, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth on Channel 7 and 7plus)

Thursday, September 28:

The Front Bar – Grand Final Special at 8:30 pm (National on Channel 7 and 7plus)

Friday, September 29:

Sunrise – Live from Federation Square at 5:30 am (National on Channel 7 and 7plus)

AFLW Round Five matches (Various times and channels)

Armchair Experts – Grand Final Edition (Various times and channels)

Grand Final Marathon (Various times and channels)

Saturday, September 30:

Weekend Sunrise – Grand Final Special at 7:00 am (Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane live on Channel 7 and 7plus, Adelaide live on Channel 7 and 7plus, Perth live on Channel 7 and 7plus)

2023 AFL Grand Final Brunch at 9:00 am (Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane live on Channel 7 and 7plus, Adelaide live on Channel 7 and 7plus, Perth live on Channel 7 and 7plus)

2023 AFL Grand Final Countdown at 10:30 am (Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane live on Channel 7 and 7plus, Adelaide live on Channel 7 and 7plus, Perth live on Channel 7 and 7plus)

2023 AFL Grand Final Pre-Game at 12:00 pm (Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane live on 7mate and 7plus, Adelaide live on 7mate and 7plus, Perth live on 7mate and 7plus)

2023 AFL Grand Final: Brisbane Lions vs. Collingwood at 2:00 pm (Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane live on Channel 7 and 7plus, Adelaide live on Channel 7 and 7plus, Perth live on Channel 7 and 7plus)

2023 AFL Grand Final: Post-Game at 5:00 pm (Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane live on Channel 7 and 7plus, Adelaide live on Channel 7 and 7plus, Perth live on Channel 7 and 7plus)

2023 AFL Grand Final: Encore Presentation at 7:00 pm (National on 7mate)

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  1. Brian Taylor shouldn’t be allowed to commentate this grand final just like in 2018 he’ll be far too bias to Collingwood it should be Hamish McLachlan and James Bradshaw or Luke Darcy doing the commentating!!

  2. Surely these not your best commentators for Grand Final
    Need whole new panel 2024. Sad when you watch Grand Final with TV on Mute

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