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Footy's big bash? Hybrid tournament push begins

Brendan Fevola takes a mark during the AFL Round 15 match between the Brisbane Lions and the St Kilda Saints at the Gabba, Brisbane.
Former Brisbane Lions and Carlton forward Brendan Fevola could be set to take part in a new hybrid footy tournament
A PUSH is on to create a new hybrid footy tournament featuring recently retired stars to potentially rival cricket’s big bash.

Organisers have so far approached television networks with little success, but remain hopeful they can get the concept off the ground by 2016.

Nick Maxwell, Nathan Brown, Matthew Richardson and Brendan Fevola are among the former stars believed to have been approached.

Other players in the sights of organisers include Jonathan Brown, Wayne Carey, Alan Didak, Darren Glass and Peter Everitt.

It’s understood several parties have signed confidentiality agreements with a group of businessmen behind the plans.

Free-to-air broadcasters have been reluctant to get involved because of upcoming television rights negotiations with the AFL, meaning the consortium may need to pin its hopes on a pay-TV channel.

More discussions are set to take place in the coming weeks.

The exact format of the tournament remains up in the air, but understands the latest proposal is for a single weekend tournament, in the vein of the successful rugby sevens format.

It is being sold a fast, TV-friendly game, featuring privately owned teams filled with star players and large salary caps.

The number of teams is yet to be finalised.

Organisers are also keen to include female athletes within the format.

Trials took place at Melbourne's AAMI Park in June, and organisers believe the concept will be a hit with fans.

It is likely games would be played over two halves, with teams of ten players on the ground with two on an interchange bench.

It is understood the AFL has not yet been consulted about the competition.