The sport of Gridiron in Australia has been bolstered from the announcement in June that Channel Seven has picked up the exclusive rights to show the NFL over the next five years.
The timing was perfect for the launch of the first ever National Gridiron League in Australia. The governing body of the NGL remains independent to the rest of the Gridiron Association in Australia. However, the NGL claim that it will benefit the leagues and teams already in place throughout Australia.
“We believe that the existing organizations will significantly benefit from NGL marketing, player and management development programs. We are confident NGL marketing campaigns will create additional awareness of the sport in Australia, which will also benefit the recruitment and funding opportunities for local leagues and clubs.” a spokesperson on the website said.
Currently the league is slated to begin in 2016 with eight teams having already been announced through QLD, NSW and Canberra.
- Gold Coast
- Logan City
- Sunshine Coast
Further expansion will occur through 2017/18 with teams from Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia coming on board.
According to the website this will help the game in multiple areas grow while also creating a foundation for the players to showcase their skills and be seen by a wider audience.
They are taking extra time and caution to make sure that the league will be sustainable through revenue with how it will operate. This is obviously one reason why it is still another year away. It is a huge gamble but one which we hope will pay off in the long run.
“Following extensive consultation and research, the NGL has developed a very exhaustive funding and revenue model that has been designed for sustainable operation in a challenging environment. All aspects of operation will be constantly reviewed for the next two years before first kick off to ensure sustainability and ongoing success of Gridiron in Australia.”