Interest in Australian rules football is peaking, given that it's still being played while most sports around the world have been shut down. Here's everything you need to know about the game.
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ESPN has brought back one of its earliest fan favorites, live Australian rules football, which returned Friday morning at 5:30 a.m. ET with the Geelong Cats vs. Hawthorn Hawks on ESPN2. Regular-season action will continue with one live match per week on a linear TV channel and one on ESPN3. The next game will be Sydney Swans playing Essendon Bombers streaming on ESPN3 on Sunday, June 14, at 1:30 a.m. (Saturday at 10:30 p.m. PT).
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Australian Rules Football, which helped ESPN grow during the 1980's before it had the money or muscle to acquire basketball, baseball or football, is returning to the network. ESPN and the Australian Football League have inked a deal to televise the matches through 2011, including the Toyota AFL Grand Final, in the U.S. and Canada.
The network aired Aussie rules games from 1979 to 1985, with the league gaining a cultlike following in the U.S. ESPN2 also broadcast the AFL from 1996-97 and 2010-11.
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