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Published

July 2014

Format

Hardback with dustjacket

Pages

304

ISBN

9780987420596

Size

234 x 153 x 0 mm

Weight

606 g

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The Phoenix Rises

The Phoenix Rises is the remarkable story of the transformation of ‘Australia’s Game’ from a troubled Victorian Football League to the Australian Football League powerhouse of today, told by the man who pulled the levers for drastic change.

In 1986, Ross Oakley was appointed chairman and CEO of the struggling VFL. During the 10 years that followed he oversaw the revolution of the game and its administrative structure, and took the League from all but broke into a massive business. Often faced with very public and emotive opposition and criticism, he took brave decisions to take the game to new frontiers. His legacy is the national competition, and Australian sport's most professional administration, led by the AFL Commission.

Told from Oakley’s unique vantage point, The Phoenix Rises revisits the 80s, a turbulent and divisive era in AFL history, and reveals, for the first time, the off field tumult that took place, often behind closed doors. From never before revealed insights taken from the confidential minutes of the League, to the faltering steps behind the AFL’s ground-breaking Racial and Religious Vilification laws, The Phoenix Rises exposes the full picture, and the truth behind the drive to the national competition and the independent Commission.

In praise of The Phoenix Rises, legendary football journalist Mike Sheahan writes: ‘This book reminds us of how the transition unfolded and of the constant drama that beset those early days. It is a painstaking exercise of interviews with key participants, of hours and hours poring over minutes of dozens of critical meetings, of reflections formed and strengthened by time.’

The Phoenix Rises is the perfect book for AFL fans, sports enthusiasts and sports administrators. With Father’s Day not far away it’s also the ideal gift for the footy mad dad.

Authors

Ross Oakley

Ross Oakley is a former player for St Kilda. In 1986, he was appointed chairman and CEO of the then VFL, a position he held until 1996. In 2009 he was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame.

Jonathan Green

Jonathan Green has been working in journalism since the 1970s. He has worked for The Herald, The Herald Sun, The Sunday Herald, The Age and Crikey.com. He currently hosts Sunday Extra on ABC Radio National and is the former editor of ABC’s online news site The Drum.

Geoff Slattery

Geoff Slattery is a successful journalist and author with more than 40 years' experience in publishing. In 1995 he founded The Slattery Media Group, which up until 2012, was the official publisher for The AFL.

Media

Triple M's Hot Breakfast

Listen to an interview with Ross Oakley that aired on Triple M's Hot Breakfast

91.3FM Sports Breakfast

Hear Ross Oakley discuss The Phoenix Rises on Perth's 91.3FM

Victoria University

Read an article on 'The Phoenix Rises', written by Professor Andrew Clarke, for Victoria University.

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The Standard

Read an article about The Phoenix Rises that appeared in The Standard.

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The Standard

Read an article about Ross Oakley and 'The Phoenix Rises' that appeared in The Standard

The Australian

Read an article about The Phoenix Rises that appeared in The Australian.

Lion Magazine

Read a review that appeared on page 27 of Lion Magazine- Wesley College's Community Magazine

Triple M's Hot Breakfast

Listen to an interview with Ross Oakley that aired on Triple M's Hot Breakfast

Triple M Adelaide

Listen to an interview with Ross Oakley on Triple M Adelaide.

Adelaide Now

Read about 'The Phoenix Rises' in Adelaide Now

Adelaide Now

Read Michelangelo Rucci's article in Adelaide Now on ' The Fight to Break South Australian Impasse' as discussed in 'The Phoenix Rises'

AFL.com

Read about Ross Oakley and 'The Phoenix Rises' on AFL.com

ABC Grandstand

Listen to Ross Oakley discussing 'The Phoenix Rises' on ABC grandstand with Gerard Whateley

Channel 9 Wide World of Sport

Read an article about Ross Oakley and his new book ' The Phoenix Rises' on Nine MSN

SEN116

Listen to Ross Oakley's SEN116 interview on Reminiscing Crunch Time, with Anthony Hudson, Mark Robinson, Dermott Brereton & Michael Voss

The Age Sport

Read about Ross Oakley and 'The Phoenix Rises' in The Age

The Sydney Morning Herald

Read about Ross Oakley in The Sydney Morning Herald

Herald Sun

Read about The Phoenix Rises in the Herald Sun

AFL.com

Read Ross Oakley's tips for the new AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan on AFL.com

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