FFA TV rights announcement: Full press release

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    Full press release from Football Federation Australia: FFA today announced a new set of broadcast arrangements that will provide unprecedented coverage and audience reach for the Socceroos and A-League.

    The four-year agreements with partners FOX SPORTS, Foxtel and SBS will provide Australian viewers with comprehensive, world-class coverage on multiple platforms, including subscription TV, free-to-air TV, internet and digital devices.

    FFA Chairman, Frank Lowy AC, has hailed the new arrangements as the most valuable and important commercial agreements in Australian football’s history.

    “FFA has been building the foundations for sustained growth with the success of the Socceroos, the consolidation of the A-League and the popularity of our beautiful game with 1.7 million participants at the grassroots,” Mr Lowy said.

    “Today, the new broadcast arrangements will give FFA an unprecedented opportunity to implement its strategic plans for Australian football.

    “There’s never been any doubt that the game has a bright future in this nation, but today the football family can take comfort from the huge vote of confidence from our broadcast partners.

    “FOX SPORTS, Foxtel and SBS are broadcasters who know football and care about the game. They will all be important partners in the exciting growth in the years ahead.”

    Commencing from 1 July 2013, the new set of arrangements will deliver a total economic value of $160 million to Australian football. The economic value consists of $148 million in cash and $12 million in marketing support.

    The average yearly licence fee for these broadcast arrangements is double the annual fee of the existing broadcast arrangements.

    A renewed partnership with FOX SPORTS involving coverage of the Socceroos and A-League is the key pillar of the new arrangements.

    FOX SPORTS will provide exclusively live coverage of all Socceroos matches until 30 June 2017.

    FOX SPORTS will continue as the primary broadcaster of Australia’s premier club football competition the A-League, providing live coverage of all regular season and finals matches until 30 June 2017.

    In addition, FOX SPORTS will be the Australian rights holder of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, broadcasting exclusively live coverage of the 32-match tournament.

    FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said the new broadcast agreement secures football’s future as one of the giants of summer on Foxtel.

    “We see football as an essential part of the FOX SPORTS summer offering and our vision, together with Foxtel and FFA, is for football to become part of Australia’s summer fabric, whether it’s going to watch a A-League game or kicking the ball around in a park or on the beach,” Delany said.

    “Our investment in the game is unparalleled – $160 million over the past eight years – we love the game, and we’ll continue to deliver the most comprehensive and entertaining coverage for fans through our live and high definition coverage of the Socceroos, A-League, and Barclays Premier League, plus our weekly magazine lineup of Kick Off, Matchday Saturday and Sunday Shootout,” he said.

    “The A-League is one of the most interesting and emerging competitions in Australian sport. It is wholesome family entertainment and it is attracting interest like never before. We have tremendous optimism for the future of football in Australia and are really excited to work with the FFA and Foxtel to push the game into an even stronger position.”

    The renewal of the FOX SPORTS and FFA partnership will extend the relationship to 12 continuous years.

    FFA CEO David Gallop has hailed FOX SPORTS for its commitment to growth and investment in Australian football.

    “Without the capital investment and promotional support of FOX SPORTS, football would not be in the healthy position it finds itself in today,” Mr Gallop said.

    “In 2005, FOX SPORTS joined forces with football to help rebuild the professional game in Australia. That single decision helped change the destiny of football in this nation.”

    Under the new arrangements, SBS will provide free-to-air coverage on a one-hour delay of all Socceroos FIFA World Cup qualification matches played in Australia and overseas from now until 2017.

    SBS has provided free-to-air coverage of the Socceroos’ past two 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian qualification matches against Jordan (11 September) and Iraq (16 October) under interim arrangements.

    Commencing in the 2013/14 season, SBS will provide live free-to-air coverage of the Friday Night A-League regular season match and a one-hour delay free-to-air coverage of all finals matches.

    SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said SBS was proud to be part of a partnership that would give all Australians access to the A-League and Socceroos.

    “SBS has always championed the sports which unite communities and the world and with football being the world’s biggest game it is fitting that the A-League and Socceroos will now have a free-to-air presence on SBS, building on our strong football pedigree,” Ebeid said.

    “This deal is exciting news for football fans across the country and will give all Australians access to matches like never before.

    “It’s a partnership which will help take the domestic game in Australia to the next level and SBS is excited to be working with the FFA and FOX SPORTS to help grow the game.

    “Broadcast of the Socceroos will complement SBS’s FIFA World Cup coverage which SBS has the rights to all editions up to and including 2022.”

    Mr Gallop has warmly welcomed SBS as another important partner in the growth story of Australian football.

    “SBS will significantly extend the audience reach of our major games for the Socceroos and in the A-League, with benefits for our fans, clubs and sponsors,” he said.

    “The network has a long history of covering Australian football and today we open a new and exciting chapter together.”

    Mr Gallop also welcomed Foxtel’s formal partnership with FFA in providing sponsorship and promotional support during the upcoming contract period.

    “Foxtel recognises the value of football and its broad and diverse demographic family. The association will support Foxtel’s broad portfolio of football content,” he said.

    Foxtel CEO, Richard Freudenstein, said that in 2005 Foxtel had backed FOX SPORTS and FFA to build a new vision for football and its broadcast in Australia.

    “Eight years later we are seeing the fruits of a new summer sport with great young talent and international superstars – its young, cool and gathering interest from Australian families like never before,” Freudenstein said.

    “It is our pleasure to again back FOX SPORTS and FFA with the addition of a new sponsorship aimed at grassroots football in Australia.”

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    • November 19th 2012 @ 12:02pm
      whiskeymac said | November 19th 2012 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

      good stuff.
      BB turned up trumps.
      Friday night SBS AND the finals = a winner.
      ..
      So live streaming on SBS plus a highlight show and socceroo games.
      ..
      Money for the comp.
      ..
      Its good to finally put to rest all that speculation and see some facts and figures and I think the overall deal struck was pretty good and a success for which the sport can continue its improvements.

    • November 19th 2012 @ 2:03pm
      Brisvegas said | November 19th 2012 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

      Let’s just hope SBS means ‘Live to all of Australia at the same time’ and not the scandalous way they did the EPL a while back. I remember that during daylight savings time we in Queensland had to wait an hour before the game kicked off “live’. Apparently 2am means 2am whether you have daylight saving or not.

      I notice this sort of thing still happens, for eg, the Big Brother finale was on a 1 hour delay to Queensland – and this despite the event actually happening in Qld. And Radio National does the same thing in the morning.

      Obviously Queensland is not considered important enough for stations to disrupt their time schedules to accommodate non adherence to daylight saving, and we are penalised for it by only being given delayed ‘live’ coverage.

      • November 19th 2012 @ 2:07pm
        TC said | November 19th 2012 @ 2:07pm | ! Report

        All games on SBS are on one hour delay.

        TC

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          November 19th 2012 @ 2:21pm
          Fussball ist unser leben said | November 19th 2012 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

          Nope. The HAL match on Friday night will be broadcast LIVE on SBS1 & simultaneously streamed live on the TWG Website.

        • November 19th 2012 @ 2:28pm
          TW said | November 19th 2012 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

          TC,
          What I find interesting is that 1.7 million Soccer Football Participants in Australia are claimed by their boss.?????

          • November 19th 2012 @ 4:26pm
            Titus said | November 19th 2012 @ 4:26pm | ! Report

            Maybe he’s including Auskick numbers?

      • November 19th 2012 @ 2:21pm
        Australian Rules said | November 19th 2012 @ 2:21pm | ! Report

        Surely the lesson there is: “Queensland, get with the program and introduce daylight saving”.

        • November 19th 2012 @ 2:43pm
          Neil said | November 19th 2012 @ 2:43pm | ! Report

          We do not need to save daylight, it is summer, why don’t the southern states change their outdated illogical practice. Saving daylight is an oxymoron if I ever heard one.

          • November 19th 2012 @ 2:55pm
            Australian Rules said | November 19th 2012 @ 2:55pm | ! Report

            You wouldn’t want to extent daylight hours? Why on earth not? (and please don’t cite the cattle)

            • November 19th 2012 @ 3:17pm
              brisvegas said | November 19th 2012 @ 3:17pm | ! Report

              Because it’s too hot. I for one look forward to the cool of the evening.

              • November 19th 2012 @ 4:51pm
                Australian Rules said | November 19th 2012 @ 4:51pm | ! Report

                Haha…yeah

              • November 21st 2012 @ 4:57pm
                micka said | November 21st 2012 @ 4:57pm | ! Report

                But you get more cool in the morning brisvegas!

            • November 19th 2012 @ 4:49pm
              David said | November 19th 2012 @ 4:49pm | ! Report

              Because an even elementary knowledge of geography tells you that north of the tropic of Capricorn, THERE IS NO DAYLIGHT TO SAVE! Additionally, the sun rises and falls at the same time regardless, so really it is simply a psychological trick to get you to wake up and go to work earlier – a useful psychological trick to be sure, but a psychological trick nonetheless! In states where there is a high degree in variation in the number of daylight hours between summer and winter, daylight savings make sense. This is simply not the case in Queensland. It is simply a matter of geography.

              • November 19th 2012 @ 7:16pm
                Paul said | November 19th 2012 @ 7:16pm | ! Report

                And the curtains will fade. Don’t you southerners get it?

              • November 20th 2012 @ 10:52am
                Australian Rules said | November 20th 2012 @ 10:52am | ! Report

                I live in Queensland Dave. It’s not just a “trick” to get you to work earlier, it extends the length of the day.
                Yes, there’s less need for it in northern Qld, but there’s absolutely no reason why SEQ couldn’t get on board. Anyway, we digress.

    • November 19th 2012 @ 3:01pm
      Lucan said | November 19th 2012 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

      AC2015 needs to be on FTA. I hope some sort of sell-on arrangement is made.

      • November 19th 2012 @ 4:16pm
        Paul said | November 19th 2012 @ 4:16pm | ! Report

        Was thinking that, would be an opportunity lost if at the very least, Australia’s games weren’t on FTA.

        • November 19th 2012 @ 5:00pm
          David said | November 19th 2012 @ 5:00pm | ! Report

          Very true. As one of the biggest opportunities to massively grow the game, having no FTA for AC2015 is a large

        • November 19th 2012 @ 5:08pm
          mahonjt said | November 19th 2012 @ 5:08pm | ! Report

          I suspect the FFA want people to buy tickets and fill stadiums and/or ‘live sites’….not sit at home and watch it.

          • November 20th 2012 @ 6:52am
            Lucan said | November 20th 2012 @ 6:52am | ! Report

            Remember that AC2015 is being played exclusively on the eastern seaboard.

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