Unlike all of the previous AFL drafts – national, pre-season and rookie – the AFLX draft is a pre-recorded event.
The AFLX draft, screened on 7mate, Fox Footy and streamed on the AFL app and website at 7pm, was actually conducted on Tuesday evening, a full day before the event's broadcast, with the details of who's picked withheld until the broadcast.
Eddie Betts promotes AFLX last week.Credit:AAP
Key players such as Sydney's Luke Parker and Josh Kennedy, Port Adelaide's Robbie Gray, Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury and Greater Western Sydney's Steve Coniglio have already been chosen by the captains of one of the four teams. It is possible, though, that some players have not been informed that they have picked.
The AFL confirmed on Wednesday that the draft had been held the night before the broadcast, a spokeswoman explaining that it had been pre-recorded on Tuesday for logistical reasons such as the difficulty of getting all the players in the same place – AFL headquarters – at the same time.
A total of 90 players were in the pool be picked by the four captains: Patrick Dangerfield, Eddie Betts, Nat Fyfe and Jack Riewoldt, but only 14 can be selected per team.
Betts' team is entirely Indigenous and is simply selected from that smaller pool, rather than "drafted".
Under AFLX rules, just eight players take the field, with a further six on the interchange bench. The captains are said to be paid $20,000 for their involvement – including one match day, plus promotion – with the vice-captains such as Luke Hodge (Dangerfield's team), Shaun Burgoyne (Betts), Marcus Bontempelli (Fyfe) and Patrick Cripps (Riewoldt) pocketing $10,000.
The remaining players are slated to receive $5000 each.
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