It was a highlight for many AFL fans while airing on Ch10 last year, and even though the network doesn’t have the broadcast rights for the games they’re quite smartly still bringing back Before The Game. 10 seasons is no mean feat for any television show these days… From the press release:

Australia’s favourite AFL footy program, Before The Game, returns to TEN in 2012 for its tenth season. Recovered from the end of season trip and deep into pre-season training, the entire BTG team – Dave Hughes, Andrew Maher, Mick Molloy, Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann, Samantha Lane and Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald – will be “match- ready” for what promises to be another premiership season.

Dave Hughes said today, “We’ve been overwhelmed by the public support and we’re all rapt that Ten have stuck by the show. It’s great that we’ve got the whole team coming back this year to the same slot on the same network for our tenth big year of Before The Game.”

Mick Molloy added, “Like Dave, I’m really excited to be doing another year of the show on Ten, and it’s fantastic that the whole team is coming back – except for Andy, we could have done without him.” Before The Game’s unique blend of commentary and comedy means that the show’s massive fan base is not just die-hard footy fans but a wider family audience that tune in religiously for one of TV’s consistently funniest hours.

Both irreverent and insightful, Before The Game will continue to kick goals every Saturday night of the 2012 AFL season and can be seen at 6:30pm on TEN in Melbourne. In all other markets BTG can be seen Saturday night on ONE. Before The Game will return to TEN Saturday 24 March 2012 with the lead up to the inaugural Sydney Derby between the Swans and GWS, footy’s loss will be comedy’s gain. Turn it on!

Before The Game – starts Sat 24/3 6:30pm, Ch10 (MEL); ONE (other markets).