ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 8: (L-R) Travis Boak, Karl Amon and Jimmy Toumpas of the Power celebrate during the 2016 AFL Round 03 match between Port Adelaide Power and the Essendon Bombers at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on April 8, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Port Adelaide will seek to play the first game for premiership points in China next year as part of a new multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with a Chinese property developer.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced the groundbreaking move at a press conference in Shanghai on Thursday, when a memorandum of understanding was signed.

The agreement will see all parties endeavour to play a match in China as early as next year, potentially in the bye weekend.

The AFL is yet to announce who Port Adelaide would play but said it had an agreement with a second club.Β The announcement followed a three-year sponsorship deal being signed with Chinese developer Shanghai Cred.

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    • You know how most people love EPL/NBA/MLB etc? It’s because the leagues are marketed like this overseas. It brings money to the comp, nobody loses, so what’s the problem?

  1. It’s never going to be an international game. Next they’ll start changing rules to make it more appealing to an international audience. Silly idea

    • They negotiated it.

      They’ve been sending people there for years.

      Running camps.

      Teaching them the game.

      You think somebody else should get the credit? Maybe the profits could be split with the Crows for Shits and Giggs? Like they want profits from Ports pre-game day village shared without doing any work at all?

      Sounds pretty Crowish.

  2. No, it didn’t even work in New Zealand! What makes anyone think it would be popular in China.

    It’s stupid and I doubt many other teams fancy that long a trip each week.

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