Crows want friday night lights

ADELAIDE Chief Executive Steven Trigg says his club is demanding a bigger slice of the Friday night football action in 2010.

The Crows were scheduled to play just two Friday night games in the home and away rounds in 2009 in a market dominated by the Victorian-based clubs.

Carlton, Collingwood and Essendon each played six games in Friday prime time, while interstate sides Fremantle and Port Adelaide played just one apiece.

The Swans didn’t feature in a single Friday night fixture all season.

The standalone game typically generates more revenue than any other timeslot, and Trigg said it was time the non-Victorian sides were given greater opportunities to play on the popular Friday night stage.

“Friday night footy is a hard nut to crack because there’s a monopoly on it as it would seem with the Melbourne teams, but why should there be?” Trigg said.

“I think we, speaking selfishly as a club, were recognised for playing a really exciting brand of football towards the end of the year and I don’t see any reason why that can’t be put on show again next year on the big stage of Friday night.

“We’re pretty compliant with most things across the AFL, but we’re starting to put our foot down and say, ‘I think it’s time we got a bit more share of the Friday night footy instead of the Melbourne clubs’.”

The Friday night timeslot proved popular among Crows in September with in excess of 50,000 people packing out AAMI Stadium for the elimination final clash with Essendon.

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