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Foxtel decides against on-selling any 2017 games

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Players run through a joint banner during the 2016 AFL Round 05 ANZAC Day match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne on April 25, 2016. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
The annual Anzac Day clash will remain on free-to-air TV

FOXTEL has decided against on-selling any of its AFL games to a free-to-air network for 2017.

As part of the $2.508 billion contact signed last year, Foxtel obtained the rights to host broadcast 11 more games than it had under the 2012-16 broadcast agreement.

While Foxtel would have broadcast all premiership season matches, it also had the right to on-sell 23 games to a free-to-air network, with Channel 10 seen as the likely suitor to take on a Saturday afternoon telecast.

However, AFL.com.au understands Foxtel has decided it will not sub-license the free-to-air rights to those games. It will broadcast all premiership season games on Fox Footy. 

Fans can also watch every game on mobiles and tablets using the AFL Live Official App powered by Telstra.

Channel Seven will no longer televise Saturday afternoon games into Victoria.

Seven will, however, continue to broadcast games featuring non-Victorian teams into their local markets as part of so-called 'flip-flopping' arrangements.

The network also has the rights to Thursday night games and other event matches such as Anzac Day, Anzac Day Eve, Queen's Birthday and Easter Monday.

The new six-year media rights cycle begins next season.

Both Foxtel and Channel Seven are yet to finalise their commentary line-ups for the new year.

Speculation has linked Brian Taylor to join Bruce McAvaney in the prestigious Friday Night Football commentary booth.

The vacancy comes after Dennis Cometti's retirement from television duties.

James Brayshaw's departure from The Footy Show, has ramped up speculation he could join Fox Footy's commentary team.

However, AFL.com.au understands Brayshaw is now less likely to join Fox Footy because of his Saturday afternoon radio commitments.