The event was mostly played on Tuesday nights, with night games at Norwood Oval in Adelaide, and all games were televised live in colour on Channel 9which opened up unprecedented revenue streams from television rights and sponsorship opportunities for the sport.
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The series was not without its controversy, as clubs prioritised the day premiership above the night premiership. Swan Districts received a two-year ban from Night Series competition in  after sending a team of colts and reserves players instead of his senior line-up to avoid disrupting his premiership season preparations;  hxwthorn young escort hawthorn lost to Richmond by a record margin of points.
The Night Series Grand Final was also notorious for its ending, as the final siren was not heard by the umpire, allowing play to continue for several seconds during which North Melbourne secured the mark from which the winning goal was kicked against Collingwood.