The AFL have agreed to shorten the length of the Brownlow Medal night, settling for a more entertaining and faster count.
Football’s ‘night of nights’ will be held on Monday, September 3rd – the traditional Monday of Grand Final week – and be trimmed at both the start and finish, as reported by The Age.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan confirmed the changes at a two-day summit in Nagambie this week, where all the club CEOs were informed of the adjustments.
For medal favourites Patrick Cripps, Tim Kelly, Lachie Neale, Nat Fyfe and Marcus Bontempelli, they’ll get the opportunity to share an acceptance speech at least 15 minutes earlier than previous counts.
Guests will be told to arrive at 6pm rather than the standard 5:15pm, to try and swiftly move through the entire evening. Last year, winner Tom Mitchell didn’t speak at the podium until 11pm.
The time-length isn’t the only change to the evening, with veteran host Bruce McAvaney handing over the reigns to Channel 7 colleague Hamish McLachlan.