Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.

AFL

Ten set to be a player in AFL broadcast rights

Channel 10 chief Hamish McLennan.

Jon Pierik Channel Ten chief Hamish McLennan has confirmed the former AFL broadcaster shapes as a player in the next rights deal.

AFL

AFL raises concerns about on-field congestion, flags rule changes

Congestion in the pack during a Collingwood-Bulldogs game last season. The AFL feels it is increasing this year.

Jon Pierik AFL operations chief Mark Evans has raised the possibility of players being restricted to certain parts of the ground as a way of combating what the AFL feels is escalating congestion this season.

AFL

Andrew Krakouer keen to mentor Dayle Garlett on AFL

Collingwood's Andrew Krakouer

Jon Pierik Having experienced a gamut of emotions through his football career and life outside of the sport, Andrew Krakouer has much to offer any young person searching for advice.

AFL

Kevin Sheedy and Garry Lyon concerned about standard of play

Kevin Sheedy says he has long called for players to be in zones at stoppages.

Jon Pierik Kevin Sheedy has urged the game’s decision-makers to consider restricting players to certain parts of the ground, as the style and standard of the game emerges as a serious issue.

AFL

AFL to trial the name game

Number's up for AFL players.

Jon Pierik What's in a name? Well, the AFL will find out this weekend when all players have their names printed above their jumper number in a league first.

AFL

AFL warns of vigilance on caffeine

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik Players warned they will need to be vigilant as part of AFL's crackdown on supplements.

AFL

Matthew Richardson says Tigers can beat the AFL's best teams

Fighting Fury: Trent Cotchin says the Tigers are up for the fight.

Jon Pierik Just days after bemoaning Richmond had not improved this season, club great Matthew Richardson has declared the Tigers are capable of defeating the league's elite.

AFL

AFL players want International Rules series

The International Rules debate comes as players also maintain their push for an all-star or representative match, most likely to be held on the eve of the season.

Jon Pierik AFL players believe the International Rules series has a future.

AFL

AFL chief Andrew Demetriou urges Stephen Dank to provide evidence to ASADA

Stephen Dank considers question.

Jon Pierik AFL chief Andrew Demetriou has urged sports scientist Stephen Dank to provide anti-doping authorities with the information they need.

AFL

Jim Marinis, the manager of Collingwood defender Alan Toovey, is set to take the AFL Players Association to court

Jim Marinis

Jon Pierik The manager of Collingwood defender Alan Toovey is set to take the AFLPA to court.

AFL

Scott Pendlebury keen for Magpies to be tested by the best in AFL

Scott Pendlebury tackled by Geelong's Jordan Schroder

Jon Pierik Scott Pendlebury has declared the Magpies are ready to 'rip in' for a bruising start to the season.

AFL Players Association dismayed Essendon players still in limbo

AFLPA chief Matt Finnis.

Jon Pierik AFL Players Association chief Matt Finnis says he is dismayed Essendon players remain in an invidious position over the supplements investigation.

AFL

Grand blueprints put pressure on AFL club chiefs

No matter the predictions, on-field results are all that matter for football teams.

Jon Pierik Clubs' statements akin to recent mid-financial-year projections of listed companies.

AFL player agent hearing adjourned

Jim Marinis

Jon Pierik A court hearing involving Jim Marinis, the manager of Collingwood defender Alan Toovey, and the AFL Players Association has been adjourned until next month.

AFL

Lloyd says Hird safe, as dad fires new AFL salvo

Essendon Bombers coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik As Essendon debates whether to retain James Hird, his father Allan says the club legend should be allowed to return as coach, and has maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew...

AFL

Passion can beat dollars in AFL, says Port boss

Koch

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide chairman David Koch has added a fresh perspective to the equalisation debate.

AFL

AFL coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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AFL

Eddie McGuire calls for all AFL clubs to get a fair go

Big money: Lance Franklin's move raised eyebrows.

Jon Pierik Call comes as Sydney mounts renewed push to retain its controversial cost-of-living allowance.

AFL

The AFL's broadcasting rights could be worth $1.6b in 2016

The AFL TV rights deal may go up to $1.6 billion in 2016.

Jon Pierik League moves to beef up intricate knowledge of media by appointing former News Corp chief to its board.

AFL

AFL a long way from buying Etihad Stadium: Andrew Demetriou

Andrew Demetriou

Jon Pierik Preparing to announce a profit of about $15 million, Andrew Demetriou has revealed the league is a long way from being able to buy the stadium.