Naming rights for sporting stadiums is big business, and when the AFL (Australian Football League) announced that Etihad Stadium in Melbourne would be changing its name to Marvel Stadium, “AFL Game Day” TV host Hamish McLachlan created a stir amongst fans when he wore a Superman T-Shirt to celebrate the rebranding.
From September 1 the stadium will now be known as Marvel Stadium, with the AFL signing an eight-year naming rights deal with the Walt Disney Company. Channel 7 presenter Hamish McLachlan stated at the start of Sunday’s show that he was “Marvelling up”, except he was wearing a Superman T-Shirt underneath his jacket.
Later in the show McLachlan embarrassingly noted, “We’re asking everyone today about superheroes because of Marvel. I’m wearing Superman – he isn’t a Marvel character apparently, but he was my favorite superhero.”
This caused quite a stir on social media, with fans ripping in to the TV host about his mistake.
Hamish McLachlan wore a superman shirt on game day… they aren’t marvel. They are dc – you absolute clown
— Dan Faulkner (@Daniel5Faulkner) May 27, 2018
Get that flog Hamish McLachlan on and ask him the difference between Marvel & DC Comics and to which one superman belongs to. #AFL360
— DAMIEN (@DamienDzanic) May 28, 2018
@Channel7 Can you please explain to and Hamish McLachlan that Superman is not part of Marvel Comics and is part of DC Comics ,Just shows how little accuracy is important to the Australian Sports media , if i were in charge of Marvel i would be pi553d off big time
— Looch (@spalliera) May 27, 2018