Tasmania cops ‘crap’ AFL fixtures for 2023 as wait for state’s own team drags into the new year

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Tasmania cops ‘crap’ AFL fixtures for 2023 as wait for state’s own team drags into the new year

The AFL’s decision to schedule a series of eight potentially low-drawing matches for Tasmania in 2023 has been described as “crap” by a former premier, as talks over the state’s own licence drag on.

The Tasmanian government this year extended its estimated $5 million-per-season sponsorship arrangement with Hawthorn by another 12 months, while the Spirit of Tasmania’s deal with North Melbourne remains until 2025.

As part of the deals, both clubs play four home matches per season in the state, but they have long faced criticism over Tasmania only receiving matches that were likely to be commercially unviable if played in Melbourne.

The AFL released its 2023 fixture over the weekend.

Hawthorn will play North Melbourne, Adelaide, West Coast and the Western Bulldogs at York Park, and North Melbourne will take on Port Adelaide, Greater Western Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast at Bellerive Oval.

Former premier Peter Gutwein was heavily involved in the AFL bid before his sudden resignation in April, including first floating a proposed stadium for the Hobart waterfront in his state of the state address.

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