(born 16 April 1944) is best-known for his tenure as the CEO
of the Australian Football League
1996 to 2003.
Jackson played 71 games for West Torrens Football Club
in the South Australian National Football League
from 1965 to 1971 .
From 1975 when he took up the role of Chairman of West Torrens, Jackson embarked on a long and distinguished period of football administration. He was President of West Torrens in 1979; a SANFL League Director for West Torrens (1975-1979); member of the SANFL Player Retention Committee (1988-1992);and Member of the SANFL Football Commission (1991-1994).
Jackson became a Member of the AFL Commission in 1995, then took over the role of CEO in 1996.
In his time as CEO of the AFL during the 1990s Jackson continued the expansion of the game into a national competition, initially started by Allen Aylett
during the 1970s with the introduction of the Port Adelaide Power
. He was a strong champion of the sixteen-team competition and during his tenure the AFL supported then struggling clubs including the Western Bulldogs
with several million dollars being made available from various redistributions of AFL monies which became known as the "Competitive Balance Fund".
He presided over the $500 million television rights deal in 2001 that saw coverage move from the Seven Network
to the partnership of Nine Network
, Network Ten
(Fox Footy Channel
). It was also during this period that the AFL sold off... Read More