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Mixed fortunes for Australian rights-holders amid Covid-19 crisis

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit Australia’s major sports with varying degrees of severity. The country’s sports were in markedly different positions when they were shut down, depending on their calendars and the financial health of their businesses.

The two major football codes – Australian rules football and rugby league – had barely begun their 2020 seasons when they ground to a halt in March. The Australian Football League season was suspended on March 22 after one week of matches in empty stadiums, while its female equivalent, the AFLW, was cancelled midway through its finals’ series. The following day, the National Rugby League pressed the pause button after only two rounds.

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