Network Ten signs deal to broadcast Hyundai A-League and Caltex Socceroos

Hyundai A-League and Caltex Socceroos matches will be broadcast live on free-to-air commercial television, as part of a new deal between Football Federation Australia, Network Ten and Fox Sports.

As part of the agreement, Network Ten will broadcast Harvey Norman’s Saturday night football Hyundai A-League games and all finals as well as Caltex Socceroos matches after the completion of the current round of World Cup Qualifiers this year.

The news follows an announcement in December last year, unveiling Foxtel’s $346m deal with Football Federation Australia, which involved a six-year deal to show live coverage of Hyundai A-League games, along with Caltex Socceroos, Westfield Matildas, Westfield W-League and Westfield FFA Cup matches.

Football Federation Australia’s new deal with Network Ten will commence in the 2017/18 Hyundai A-League season, and will see Fox Sports and Ten’s One simultaneously broadcast the 7:30pm matches live next season.

Commentators for both Fox Sports and One will include Mark Bosnich, Robbie Slater, Simon Hill, Adam Peacock, Andy Harper and Tara Rushton.

Football Federation Australia’s chief executive David Gallop said the new agreement was a “win” for football fans.

“We will take the biggest matches of the Hyundai A-League – such as the Saturday night derbies – into every household in Australia live for the first time,” said Gallop.

“It is part of the overall broadcast deal with Fox Sports and means that we will be working with them to drive interest and subscriptions to their ‘all games live’ coverage of the Hyundai A-League.”

Paul Anderson, Ten’s chief executive officer said he was proud of the new partnership.

“From October this year, 27 home and away Harvey Norman Saturday Night football matches and five finals – plus Caltex Socceroos matches from next year – will have a new home on free-to-air television. We will provide a consistent timeslot on One for 30 weeks of the year, promoting the Hyundai A-League and its best game each week to all of Australia,” Anderson said.

“We are looking forward to working with Fox Sports and Football Federation Australia to broadcast the Hyundai A-League to our viewers live on One and live streamed on Ten Play,” he said.

Fox Sports’ CEO Patrick Delany added: “The arrangement between Fox Sports and Network Ten will ensure more fans than ever before get to watch the best Australian footballers in action every week.

“A prime-time Saturday night A-League match on free-to-air, featuring Fox Sports’ expert commentators and world class production, will help grow the game and build football for long-term success,” Delany said.

Ten’s head of sport, David Barham, is speaking at Mumbrella’s Sports Marketing summit on the future of sports broadcasting panel while Western Sydney Wanders defender Robbie Cornthwaite will speak on the ask an athlete panel. Buy tickets to Mumbrella’s Sports Marketing Summit on June 21


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