FFA Football TV Rights announcement: Live blog, updates
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Socceroos player Tim Cahill competes for the ball with Japan's Makoto Hasebe. AAP Image/Dave Hunt
The FFA have called a press conference for 11:30am AEDT this morning, with reports suggesting that the long-awaited new TV-rights deal will be announced. Join us for updates and news as it comes to hand.
The Roar understands that the details of the TV rights deal have been agreed upon and it was the ability of the Federal Government to supply funding for SBS TV’s part of the deal that has held back the announcement until today.
Speculation and rumours:
$?: It is believed that the ballpark figures of the TV rights deal are upwards of $39 million per year, covering both the A-League and the Socceroos.
It is expected there will be a split between subscription TV broadcaster Fox Sports, and free to air channel SBS.
Fox Sports, the current broadcaster of all five A-League games per round, are believed to be showing all five games, with SBS to broadcast one game per week.
SBS is also rumoured to be programming a new a weekly-highlights show each week.
Socceroos: It is expected that Fox Sports will retain full rights to live games, where games are not covered by the Federal Government’s anti-siphoning laws (eg. FIFA World Cup matches).
It is believed that some Socceroos matches will also be available on SBS, on a one-hour delay, but this is unclear.
However, the speculation will end at 11:30am and we’ll have all the news and updates for you as they come to hand.
Overviews of announcement: New deal commencing from 1 July 2013
- $160m deal over 5 years.
- $148m cash
- Fox Sports continues as primary broadcaster
- AFC Asian Cup broadcaster – exclusively live coverage of all 32 matches
(The average yearly licence fee for these broadcast arrangements is double the annual fee of the existing broadcast arrangements.)
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