US Sports Fans are Frothing AFL and NRL After Discovering Games Online

With practically all US sport (aside from the outlandish thrill that is Jelle’s Marble Racing) currently on hold, American sports tragics have been left with little to keep them occupied during the isolation period. But as the weekend rolled in and the curtain was lifted on the 2020 AFL season, something marvellous happened. Thousands of US sports fan tuned in to watch our Aussie gladiators battle it out in spectator-less colosseums. And they absolutely loved it.

From far and wide across the globe, viewers revelled in the fact that despite overwhelming advice to call games off, Australia was staying strong and playing through. The majority had absolutely no idea what was happening on the field, but that wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of the sports-deprived fanatics that had for the last few weeks been at a total loss.

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What’s more, the failure to understand the rules of the game led to a culture of support and encouragement. Aussies got together to share rules, statistics, important information and character narratives to keep the game interesting, proving once again that even in the midst of despair, through sport we find community.

Sadly, the AFL dream didn’t last long for our newly-minted US fans, with the season grinding to an unceremonious halt following Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews’ lockdown announcement. For those logging on to the NRL, the season is still alive, and for the time being, so is sport. It may only be a matter of time before we see the Rugby League follow suit, so for all the global fans looking for an outlet; tune in while you can.

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