JULIAN SMITHAAP

Daytime still AFL chief’s favoured option for final

AFL: Chief executive Gillon McLachlan says he is open to a discussion about a later start to the AFL grand final, but would personally prefer to leave it in the traditional afternoon timeslot.

In Phoenix for today's Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots - which will kick off at 7.30pm local time - McLachlan said while he favoured playing the grand final in the afternoon, he was "not saying we wouldn't look at it", when asked about playing an evening or night game.

He also said he had been impressed by the way every team in the competition was included in the celebrations leading up to the big game.

"The one thing you take out of coming here is they're actually celebrating all 18 teams, all the players … the focus really is not about the New England Patriots and it's not about the Seattle Seahawks at this function," McLachlan told afl.com.au.


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