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New sponsorship agreements are locked in with Hawthorn and North Melbourne to continue AFL in Tasmania...but only for next year.
Premier Peter Gutwein waited until he'd extracted a timeline on a decision for Tasmania's own team from the League before putting pen to paper.
Hawthorn will again play four home games at UTAS Stadium in Launceston on top of a preseason match, while the Kangaroos will appear at Hobart's Blundstone Area four times as well.
The new deals, which are essentially one-year extentions on the previous arrangement, are thought to be worth about $4 million each.
Premier Peter Gutwein told parliament on Thursday the economic return is valued at around $40 million.
"This is great news for Tasmanian AFL fans and also for our broader economy, with previous economic analysis confirming AFL games provide a significant economic return to the State of around 5:1," he said.
"In particular, the new agreements will be warmly welcomed by local hospitality venues and accommodation providers who will once again benefit from the increased trade as people travel and get out and about before and after the games."
Whether Tasmania is granted an AFL and AFLW licence is due to be announced in early 2022.