SBS to show Socceroos vs Jordan on free-to-air [updated]
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SBS will broadcast the important Jordan vs Australia 2014 World Cup Qualifier from Amman, in a move that will bring the national team back to free-to-air.
The Roar understands that SBS will show upcoming Socceroos World Cup Qualifier games on a one hour delay in what appears to be part of a new deal which will also bring one live A-League fixture per week and a highlights package to free-to-air for the first time.
Football Federation Australia is yet to announce any information, but this may indicate that this is part of negotiations for a new TV deal with Fox Sports and free-to-air broadcasters.
The match kicks off at 2am AEST, with the delayed broadcast from 2:30am on SBS One (kick-off at 3am).
The Roar will have live scores of the event.
UPDATE: FFA have made the following announcement –
“FFA, FOX SPORTS and Foxtel and SBS have today announced that the FIFA 2014 World Cup Asian qualification match between the Socceroos and Jordan in Amman this Wednesday morning will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS and on a one hour delay by SBS.
Exclusively live coverage of the match will be broadcast on FOX SPORTS 3HD and FOX SPORTS 3 from 1.30am AEST Wednesday. The SBS coverage will commence on SBS ONE at 2.30am AEST.
“I thank our long-term partners FOX SPORTS and Foxtel for accommodating this arrangement,” said FFA CEO Ben Buckley. “Australian football would not have achieved so much growth and development since 2005 without the significant investment of Fox Sports.
“I welcome SBS’s support in broadcasting Wednesday’s match. SBS has a rich history in covering domestic and international Australian football.
”FFA is currently in ongoing discussions with Fox Sports and SBS over the long-term broadcast rights in Australian football.
“The discussions have reached an advanced stage and the parties have displayed good faith, which has allowed this one-off arrangement for Wednesday’s match.”
The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, welcomed the announcement.
“For the good of the game I congratulate everyone involved in showing the Socceroo game tomorrow morning,” Senator Conroy said. “It’s great to see that all Australian football fans will have the chance to cheer on their Socceroos as they work to qualify for the World Cup.”“
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