AFL get involved with Legends Game

Updated: February 16, 2016
AFL News

AFL NewsTHE EJ Whitten Legends Games has found a new home on the weekend between Round 23 and the start of the AFL finals.

Following the split between the EJ Whitten Foundation and the management company that hosted the match for 20 years, the AFL has stepped in, along with Channel 7, Fox Footy and Telstra, who will be broadcast the game.

“The Legends Game has a great history and is much loved by our fans and supporters,” AFL operations manager Travis Auld said.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the EJ Whitten Foundation to promote the game, and to entrench this into the weekend in the lead up to our final series.

“The commitment of the EJ Whitten Foundation to raising the issue of men’s health and in particular, prostate cancer is a very worthy cause, and we look forward to being part of the team to make the Legends Game bigger and better than ever, ” Mr Auld said.

EJ Whitten Foundation chairman Peter Burnett welcomed the five-year commitment.

“It is with great excitement we announce a five year partnership with the AFL, Seven Network, Foxtel/Fox Footy, Telstra and Etihad Stadium,” he said.

“After many months of negotiations we see our involvement here will mean greater awareness around men’s health, research into Prostate Cancer and allow us to help further develop the EJ Whitten Foundation in honour of “Mr Football”, EJ Snr himself.

“As I know he would extremely proud of this announcement and what the foundation has done for Prostate Cancer and men’s health over the past 20 years.”

The match will be played at Etihad Stadium on September 2.

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