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AFL's Brownlow Count to stay in Melbourne

08/09/2011 12:40:22 PM Comments (0)

The AFL's best-player award, the Brownlow Medal, will be staged in Melbourne until at least 2016.

AFL chief Andrew Demetriou and Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu made the joint announcement on Thursday that Melbourne's Crown Palladium would continue to host the marquee event.

The announcement follows speculation regarding interest from interstate, including a newspaper report in April which suggested the NSW Government was trying to lure the event to Sydney.

"This agreement locks the Brownlow Medal Count into Melbourne's star-studded events calendar," Baillieu boasted.

"Big events like the Brownlow Medal Count bring television exposure, jobs and tourism dollars to our state and I congratulate Crown and the AFL on this agreement."

Earlier this week, Baillieu said if the AFL even considered shifting the Brownlow Medal Count outside Victoria "it shows that they are completely out of touch with Victorian football lovers".

Demetriou said he was thrilled with the new agreement.

"The future of the Brownlow Medal, one of the AFL's most important events, is now secure the Medal Count will remain at Crown," Demetriou said.

This year's Brownlow Medal Count will be staged on the night of Monday, September 26 to kick off grand final week.

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