The Seven Network and Twitter today announced the return of 7AFL’s social show Armchair Experts for its second season, as part of Seven’s coverage of the 2019 AFL Premiership.
Debuting at the start of the 2018 season, Armchair Experts went live on 7AFL Twitter on Friday nights, with a pre-show looking at the game ahead and the week that was, a half-time show, and a post-match review show. The show is hosted by AFL superfan and sports radio host Cameron Luke, and former AFL star and Brownlow medallist Adam Cooney.
This year the show returns bigger and better than ever before, and for the first time all shows will be available to watch on demand on 7plus and though the 7Sport app.
Seven has secured its first commercial partners for the innovative format, with PointsBet signing on for the 2019 AFL Premiership Season.
Commercial partners have the opportunity to integrate within the show, including creating bespoke segments, product placement, or filming off-site at a client activation site. Pre-rolls can be inserted before the live show plays on Twitter, and the integrated segment can be extracted and extended beyond the live show using Twitter Amplify, which allows for a pre-roll insertion before video content plays on the platform.
Saul Shtein, head of pport at Seven said: “Having identified a gap in the market for an AFL social show, we launched Armchair Experts at the start of last season and it’s safe to say it spectacularly exceeded our expectations.
“This type of show allows Seven to experiment with different styles of content, giving the 7AFL audience another angle on the Footy. It also offers new and exciting integration opportunities for our commercial partners, meaning everyone wins.
“The show went from strength to strength last year, and we’re looking forward to seeing Adam and Cam back on their sofa. We’re even sending them on location from time to time this season!”
Angus Keene, head of revenue partnerships, Twitter Australia said: “Twitter has always been the go-to platform for AFL fans to join the online conversation, debate and celebrate with other fans. Today, it’s also become the place for in the moment video highlights, post-game wrap ups and now, with Armchair Experts, a Twitter exclusive live show.
“The partnership with Seven gives our advertisers another opportunity to reach a passionate AFL audience when they’re most receptive during games. Importantly, it also provides Seven with another channel to monetise their AFL content, increase its reach and innovate with new formats like Armchair Experts.”
James Bayes, Seven’s network digital sales director, said: “Armchair Experts provides our partners a great new way to reach a very passionate AFL audience more directly than previously possible. We’re thrilled to welcome PointsBet to the team this year as our first sponsor, demonstrating the huge potential for Armchair Experts.
“We’re committed to ongoing innovation in the way we connect brands to audiences through Australia’s largest sport. The 2019 AFL Premiership Season is shaping up to be bigger than ever and we’re thrilled to bring it to audiences in new ways across platforms.”
Andrew Fahey, PointsBet CMO, said: “PointsBet is proud to be the official sponsors of Armchair Experts in 2019. The show provides footy fanatics a unique platform to consume content in a new and exciting way.
“We believe the Twitter based show is a great fit for PointsBet who continue to innovate and grow within the wagering category.”
Armchair Experts returns to 7AFL Twitter throughout the 2019 AFL Premiership Season, and the first game of the 2019 AFL Premiership Season takes place this Thursday, 21 March, at 7.20 pm AEDT, live and free on Seven.