Greg Baum

Greg Baum

Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age

AFL

AFL must beware the off-side trap

Greg Baum Australian football has never been more highly ordered and structured than now

AFL

AFL ticket system loses face value

Darren Birch said the AFL knew that potentially 80,000 might become 60,000 on Sundays.

Greg Baum After an underwhelming start to the season, and faced with simmering supporter discontent, the AFL acknowledges that it has not adequately gazetted and explained its new variable price ticketing...

AFL

AFL considers first out, first pick national draft proposal

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Greg Baum Economist reviewed draft data as 16-team competition from 1997 to 2009 and modelled alternative.

AFL cops its 'rights' whack

Greg Baum The league's reaction to the Optus media rights decision has been a bit over the top.

'His life was a miracle. He should never have been an AFL footballer, but he became a legend.'

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Greg Baum Typically, Irish saints left their shores to spread Christianity throughout Europe.

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Lou Richards wins the Kennedy award: you can bet on it

Centre of attention: Lou Richards surrounded by family and Collingwood players on Thursday.

Greg Baum Lou Richards and John Kennedy first met more than 60 footy seasons ago, as captains of Collingwood and Hawthorn respectively.

AFL

Same place, even better time if you like the Hawks

Hawthorn's Matthew Suckling tackles Stephen Hill of Fremantle.

Greg Baum Different year, different teams, different occasion. There was a premiership flag at the MCG on Friday night, but it was 2013's, now unfurled for the first time.

AFL

Same place, even better time if you like the Hawks

Greg Baum Different year, different teams, different occasion. There was a premiership flag at the MCG on Friday night, but it was 2013's, now unfurled for the first time.

AFL

Swans missing Mummy

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Greg Baum The Swans are not so much struggling to come to terms with Lance Franklin as they are missing their "Mummy".

AFL

Playing the ball, not the woman

Greg Baum Mark Taylor arrived in England in 1997 as Australian Test captain, but also in a drastic and protracted slump that was threatening his place in the side.

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Essendon ignores drama to notch memorable win

Dustin Fletcher celebrates his 379th game.

Greg Baum In the beginning, there wasn’t really a beginning.

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Hushed hallelujahs for this second coming

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Greg Baum How a fan's faith in Essendon and James Hird has been shaken.

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Closing the deal with Andrew Demetriou

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Greg Baum In Andrew Demetriou's 11 years, the AFL has entrenched itself as the most prosperous and powerful sports body in the land.

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Hawks' unfinished business

Job half done: The Hawks celebrate their 2013 premiership, but believe they owe themselves another in 2014.

Greg Baum There is a sense at Hawthorn that it still owes itself one business-hours premiership.

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Marley Williams' place in Collingwood team should be taken from him

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Greg Baum If Collingwood steps back and thinks for a moment now, it will see that playing Williams is folly.

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We awaited the storm, but all we got were grey areas

Greg Baum It was, memorably if not officially, the ''blackest day in Australian sport''.

How will the ball bounce this time?

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Greg Baum It should have gone straight. If it had, it would have led to honour and glory and an inviolable place in St Kilda legend and the history of the game. But it didn't.

Drugs in Sport

Pushing the limits pushed some close to edge

Greg Baum The question remains the same, but the emphasis has changed.

Mud to stick no matter the outcome

 Coach James Hird arrives at Windy Hill on Tuesday.

Greg Baum If it was not already, the battle is on in deadly earnest now.

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Code's contradiction muddies the water on doping

Bombers players.

Greg Baum There is an inherently contrary element to the WADA code that stands to muddy the waters.