A-League football moves to Channel Ten under new deal

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    The A-League will be screened on mainstream commercial free-to-air television for the first time after Channel Ten secured a deal to show select games for the next two years.

    Football Federation Australia had a tender process to find a free-to-air partner after Fox Sports had signed on to continue broadcasting all A-League games.

    Channel Ten will simulcast the Fox Sports broadcast each Saturday night which includes use of the commentary team.

    As well as the regular Saturday games, Channel Ten will also broadcast all finals and will also have coverage of Socceroo friendlies.

    The network will initially use its ONE channel but that could change depending on the number of viewers tuning in.

    “We’ve been talking to the FFA for quite some time because we believe the A-League needs to be on free-to-air, and people need to be able to find it,” Ten CEO Paul Anderson told the Daily Telegraph.

    By using the simulcast model Foxtel will be able to promote their coverage to a wider audience and ultimately boost subscription sales.

    The loss of the A-League rights is a blow for SBS which also saw a major reduction to its cycling coverage this year due to circumstances beyond its control.

    As well as the main broadcast, football fans will also be able to watch the Saturday night fixtures on the run with Ten Play to screen the matches alongside the current Foxtel Go option.

    At one stage Channel Seven and the ABC were believed to be contention for the rights.

    It’s not known if ABC’s heavily criticised coverage of the Liverpool vs Sydney FC exhibition played a part in swaying the deal, however, the ABC not being able to broadcast advertisements would also have been an issue.

    In the wake of the ABC football flop, Channel Ten has already gone on the front foot about its coverage explaining that it plans to give football ‘the respect it deserves.’

    “We want to give it a regular timeslot, and give it the chance to grow. We can promote it through our news bulletins, through programs like The Project,” Anderson said.

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    • June 1st 2017 @ 11:50pm
      Ian Whitchurch said | June 1st 2017 @ 11:50pm | ! Report

      Pay TV to pay the bills, FTA to grow the code.

      • June 2nd 2017 @ 12:01am
        Midfielder said | June 2nd 2017 @ 12:01am | ! Report

        thats about right.

      • June 2nd 2017 @ 7:42am
        jamesb said | June 2nd 2017 @ 7:42am | ! Report

        That sums it up pretty well Ian.

        • June 2nd 2017 @ 4:00pm
          Matthew said | June 2nd 2017 @ 4:00pm | ! Report

          Cept it wont. It will be hidden away on One, and will play Saturday night games.

          Guess which 2 teams will be shown in those 90 percent of the time?
          Hint

          Its Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory. Mostly every other team will only be shown if they are playing Melb Vic or Syd FC. In fact it will be both Ten and Foxtel now pushing the A League to make sure either team is scheduled always on Sat night.

          • June 2nd 2017 @ 7:30pm
            Bee bee said | June 2nd 2017 @ 7:30pm | ! Report

            The non Sydney / Melbourne teams need weekly local FTA coverage. AFL is doing this. If Foxtel is serious about growing the game long term and increasing subscriptions they would do the same.

            • June 5th 2017 @ 10:54am
              clipper said | June 5th 2017 @ 10:54am | ! Report

              The AFL is more or less paying for the Sydney/Bris games to be broadcast and can do so because of the large fee it’s getting. I don’t think this deal will have the same leeway to allow this.

          • June 7th 2017 @ 10:56pm
            Rolland said | June 7th 2017 @ 10:56pm | ! Report

            Anything is better than SBS . The were hopeless especially when they moved their game to their secondary channel they lost half their viewers .channel one rates well for ten ,it’s a good move by FFA..FTA TV is needed deseperatey by the. A League

    • June 2nd 2017 @ 12:02am
      Midfielder said | June 2nd 2017 @ 12:02am | ! Report

      Is the next major step in the evolution…

      For two years only so if we rate will increase…

    • Roar Guru

      June 2nd 2017 @ 12:04am
      XI said | June 2nd 2017 @ 12:04am | ! Report

      So the ratings will go down then. (Note: this is a crack at Channel 10 being a flop, not the A-League. It’s good that it’s on a FTA network.)

      • June 2nd 2017 @ 12:51pm
        Mark said | June 2nd 2017 @ 12:51pm | ! Report

        They could not possibly be worse than they were on SBS.

    • Roar Guru

      June 2nd 2017 @ 12:09am
      Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 12:09am | ! Report

      No-one watches Channel 10 – the A-League should fit in well.

      Can anyone confirm what Channel 10 is paying for this, if anything at all, which I suspect is the case?

      • June 2nd 2017 @ 12:22am
        The Auteur said | June 2nd 2017 @ 12:22am | ! Report

        I’d say very sarcastically that you must be a hit at parties, but I’m sure you don’t get invited to them to begin with.

        • June 2nd 2017 @ 6:23am
          punter said | June 2nd 2017 @ 6:23am | ! Report

          Haha!!!! He’s the party starter!!!

      • Roar Rookie

        June 2nd 2017 @ 8:32am
        MoriartyExp said | June 2nd 2017 @ 8:32am | ! Report

        $2 million a year

        • Roar Guru

          June 2nd 2017 @ 8:46am
          Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 8:46am | ! Report

          Really…that little?

          Okay, hands up all those people who thought the final Tv rights would yield greater than 100 million? Go on, there’s a few of you here.

          ***BREAKING NEWS***

          The Gap has seen extra security today incase David Gallop decides to pay a visit.

          • June 2nd 2017 @ 8:53am
            pauly said | June 2nd 2017 @ 8:53am | ! Report

            Does this make you happy or sad? Do you think DG has failed the code?

            • Roar Guru

              June 2nd 2017 @ 8:57am
              Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 8:57am | ! Report

              It makes me right, as usual.

              …and yes, DG has failed the code.

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 9:44am
                pauly said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:44am | ! Report

                And being right makes you happy? I mean what’s it to you? Do you like the A-League or not?

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 10:25am
                Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 10:25am | ! Report

                The great game of football should be embarrassed by the way the elite level competition is run in this county. That’s what I think of the A-League.

                For all intents & purposes though, all you need to understand is: I’m always right.

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 1:37pm
                Ian said | June 2nd 2017 @ 1:37pm | ! Report

                Goodness me……..you think you are right as usual.
                You’re simply an embarrassment to yourself.

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 1:40pm
                Craigo said | June 2nd 2017 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

                Well this is the last of the nails in the Coffin for Rugby Union!
                The only football code not on FTA

                RIP RUGBY UNION

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 6:06pm
                Nath Hitcheson said | June 2nd 2017 @ 6:06pm | ! Report

                Not at all Craigo. Rugby Union is that far ahead of Rugby League its not funny. Rugby League cant get interest outside of QLD and parts of NSW after 120 years of existence. Soccer and Rugby are doing quite fine Rugby League with those massive junior numbers and participation rates will be dead in 20 years

              • June 3rd 2017 @ 10:14am
                Agent11 said | June 3rd 2017 @ 10:14am | ! Report

                You people said that 20 years ago though, must be a “40 year plan” for Rugby to kill of League then. Keep trying…

              • June 3rd 2017 @ 10:21am
                Nath Hitcheson said | June 3rd 2017 @ 10:21am | ! Report

                You Leaguies are so insecure! What are you blokes issues? Why cant Rugby League expand and get interest outside of QLD and parts of NSW after 120 years existence Agent??
                Pathetic it must be Unions fault

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 2:22pm
                Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

                Ian — read my comments to Realfootball. You’ll realise just how right I am.

                It’s okay…you can admit I’m the best.

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 2:37pm
                punter said | June 2nd 2017 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

                Rick the Donald Trump of the Roar!!!!

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 2:44pm
                Nemesis said | June 2nd 2017 @ 2:44pm | ! Report

                “Rick the Donald Trump of the Roar!!!!”

                Small hands, you reckon?

                Someone recently speculated his behaviour resembles “Short Man Syndrome”.

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 2:58pm
                Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 2:58pm | ! Report

                It must be hard for you Fuss; writing all those silly Tv rights revenue and marketing articles, only for me to accurately predict the outcome of today.

                Now go away stalker.

            • June 3rd 2017 @ 12:42pm
              tom said | June 3rd 2017 @ 12:42pm | ! Report

              David Gallop is a complete failure in Football. He should run a Fish and Chip shop or something.

          • Roar Guru

            June 2nd 2017 @ 9:05am
            Epiquin said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:05am | ! Report

            I hate engaging with this type of behaviour, but that is what Ten paid to simulcast 1 game a week, not the value of the TV rights as a whole.

            • June 2nd 2017 @ 9:11am
              punter said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:11am | ! Report

              I’m not sure you understand fully Epiquin, you are using commonsense in a discussion with Rick, wrong, wrong wrong.

            • Roar Guru

              June 2nd 2017 @ 9:23am
              Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:23am | ! Report

              Remind me again what the Tv rights as a whole is worth (per annum) Epiquin?

              I don’t expect punter to understand where I’m going with my comments (he’s not really into this stuff) but I’m guessing you will.

          • Roar Guru

            June 2nd 2017 @ 9:22am
            Grobbelaar said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:22am | ! Report

            Rick

            You’re behind the times. We got way over $100 million, in fact, we are now over $350 million and rising.

            There is still digital rights and the overseas rights to add, both will be lucrative.

            • Roar Guru

              June 2nd 2017 @ 9:24am
              Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:24am | ! Report

              What is that per annum?

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 9:27am
                Grobbelaar said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:27am | ! Report

                When everything is finalised and added up, it will be double what the previous TV rights were (which will be pushing $100 mill per annum).

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 9:30am
                Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:30am | ! Report

                Is that right? What is it at present again?

                Quite a few people felt the FTA component would be worth 15 million per annum. I guess they were way out.

                Why don’t you take a stab in the dark and guesstimate your way to 100 million (per annum). Where is the other 40+ million coming from in other words genius?

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 9:35am
                Grobbelaar said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:35am | ! Report

                I already told you, the digital rights and overseas rights still need to be worked out. Both will be very lucrative.

                Also, I remember someone writing an article on this board saying how the per minute value of our TV rights deal puts us in the number one position.

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 9:43am
                Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:43am | ! Report

                Yes, that same id!ot said he would rewrite his article once the FTA component was added.

                Pretty easy — he just needs to add 2 million to the A-League and several hundreds of millions to the other codes.

                He also needs to address the worth of FTA exposure, exclusivity and how the anti-siphoning laws affect this.

                I’ll remember your name Grob when the digital & overseas rights cumulatively add up to way less than 40 million; just like I told those who believed the FTA comment would be worth 15+ million.

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 10:45am
                Grobbelaar said | June 2nd 2017 @ 10:45am | ! Report

                Kind sir,
                It’s Grobbelaar to you.

      • Roar Guru

        June 2nd 2017 @ 9:03am
        Cameron Kellett said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:03am | ! Report

        No one watches Channel 10? That’s interesting. I’m pretty sure people tuned into WBBL on One and it was moved to 10 due to increasing tv ratings. The BBL tv ratings also smash every other sport for average ratings per match. So if A-League is promoted well, broadcast better, and more accessible to the mainstream, then more people will tune in.

        • Roar Pro

          June 2nd 2017 @ 9:24am
          Josh Barton said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:24am | ! Report

          Network 10 also rates very well in the Advertising key age demographics, so it’s a good match for what the A-league is trying to promote.

        • Roar Guru

          June 2nd 2017 @ 9:36am
          Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:36am | ! Report

          Well done for taking my ‘no one’ comment literally, Cam. TEN’s financials say otherwise, but I will admit my wife does watch Master$h!t.

          • Roar Guru

            June 2nd 2017 @ 9:39am
            Cameron Kellett said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:39am | ! Report

            As does so many other companies Financials at the moment.

          • June 2nd 2017 @ 9:49am
            pauly said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:49am | ! Report

            Well Rick I must admit I too have reservations given Ten’s financial problems. One can only hope they and the FFA promote the hell out of the HAL to give them a ratings boost for 6 months. Then again if Ten goes down the gurgler Fox is still there, presumably they’re still doing ok (they’d be doing better if News jettisoned their loss-making newspapers but the Liberal Party needs all the help it can get).

          • June 2nd 2017 @ 1:41pm
            Ian said | June 2nd 2017 @ 1:41pm | ! Report

            You’re married……wow. She must love you ‘being right’ all the time.

            To prove how right you are you can’t even write the word ‘masterchef’. as if writing ‘master$hit’ is the work of a comedy genius and proves no one watches channel 10.

      • Roar Rookie

        June 2nd 2017 @ 9:53am
        c said | June 2nd 2017 @ 9:53am | ! Report

        rick the party has started and you’re not invited

      • Roar Guru

        June 2nd 2017 @ 10:06am
        Kaks said | June 2nd 2017 @ 10:06am | ! Report

        Shut up DRick

        • Roar Guru

          June 2nd 2017 @ 10:34am
          Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 10:34am | ! Report

          Touchy.

          I’ll cut you some slack. I’d be annoyed also at 2 million.

          …embarrassing stuff indeed.

          • June 5th 2017 @ 9:47am
            Neil said | June 5th 2017 @ 9:47am | ! Report

            Rick I am trying to understand your narrative, do you dislike football or just the FFA. Football has had its struggles and there has been a lot of two steps forward, one step back at times, but there is a will amongst a lot of Australians to keep it going. As an ardent Australian football supporter i accept it probably will only be a 3rd/4th professional code in Australia, but hey I love football, I am Australian and love football so I am happy to be able to watch it on any forum. I am old enough to remember when I lived in Central QLD not having access to hardly any televised football, so I am happy with Foxtel, FTA, Internet coverage and radio. Would the sport like more money, probably yes but we all live in the reaal world and compete in an eviroment which is hostile to the sport, on top of this we can now view football from some of the most expensive football competitions in the world, so I believe it is a credit to Australian fans to support the local product in the face of all these challenges.

      • June 2nd 2017 @ 10:23am
        Realfootball said | June 2nd 2017 @ 10:23am | ! Report

        For an alleged “guru”, Rick, you can be very disappointing at times.

        I assume you are retired if you have this kind of time for threads that have nothing whatsoever to to do with you.

        • Roar Guru

          June 2nd 2017 @ 10:33am
          Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 10:33am | ! Report

          That won’t work Real — go look at my profile. I don’t make many comments here at all, unlike a majority who do.

          I also don’t comment under multiple pseudonyms either like most here. I prefer to take the glory.

          BTW — I’ll give you the same advice I’ve given others on this site with regards to ‘guru’ status. Go put a picture in your profile and watch it go up by doing absolutely f@#$all.

          Some people really are stup!d on this site.

          • Roar Guru

            June 2nd 2017 @ 10:46am
            Grobbelaar said | June 2nd 2017 @ 10:46am | ! Report

            I have a picture, and I’m still a rookie.

            • Roar Guru

              June 2nd 2017 @ 11:39am
              Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 11:39am | ! Report

              You need to be more critical with your comments.

              Give it time.

          • June 2nd 2017 @ 10:47am
            punter said | June 2nd 2017 @ 10:47am | ! Report

            Ricky old boy, notice RF put in “” for the word GURU, he wasn’t necessary talking about you Roar status.

            Need to tone it down a bit old chap.

            Most football fans are happy that we have finally got FTV, but both you & AR are showing your fangs again on what is a positive day for football.

            You have been a regular on the football tab & you must be fully aware that most football fans are disappointed with the actions (or lack of) of the FFA & of Gallop & Lowy Jr especially in the past 2 years.

          • June 2nd 2017 @ 12:19pm
            Realfootball said | June 2nd 2017 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

            Thanks Rick, but having guru attached to my name is of zero interest.

            And I apologise for reference to retirement as if it was a pejorative. That was completely unnecessary.

            However, I return to my point about your post being disappointing, and my query over you being here in the first place.

            • Roar Guru

              June 2nd 2017 @ 12:23pm
              AdelaideDocker said | June 2nd 2017 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

              To be fair, Rick does have “football” in his favourite sports tab on his profile 😉

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 1:07pm
                punter said | June 2nd 2017 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

                Not A-League though!!!!

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 1:43pm
                Ian said | June 2nd 2017 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

                It’s EPL that it follows. Not even a eurosnob. Just an EPL snob. For whichever team is winning in a given season.

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 2:24pm
                Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 2:24pm | ! Report

                The A-League is an option on the favourites tab?

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 2:35pm
                punter said | June 2nd 2017 @ 2:35pm | ! Report

                Rick old chap, you are having a bad day.

                Someone new on here comments that Ricky baby has football as a favourite.
                A few who know you better, just stated your preference of football, no harm, no malice.

                Oh BTW, enjoying the off season?

                I still have Real Madrid & Socceroos to watch, such an excitable week of football.

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 2:51pm
                Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

                lol, I love the ‘old chap’ reference…it’s so British. Your wife does this too?

                What makes you think I don’t follow our boys? Big fan of Ange and what he’s done, despite being critical at times on this forum.

                As for your economically challenged Real Madrid…..I’m sick of them!

                At least my boys are in the UCL next season.

            • Roar Guru

              June 2nd 2017 @ 2:11pm
              Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 2:11pm | ! Report

              Who cares why I’m here? Don’t read my comments; it really is that simple, Real.

              I’ll tell you though why you enjoy reading my comments (along with everyone else here): I bring objectivity to this forum; along with often being right!

              http://www.theroar.com.au/2016/12/20/a-league-pay-tv-deal-could-be-announced-this-week/#comment-5393190

              “I expect the structure to be near identical to the AFL — as mentioned a few months ago:

              — All games to be broadcast live via Fox.

              — FTA most likely will pick up 2 games live, but they won’t be exclusive.

              — Telstra or Optus will most likely hold the digital rights for mobile platforms.

              — Aleague GF exclusive to FTA

              Total around $60-70 million pa over 5-6 years

              Future expansion most likely won’t add much value, more a sweetener to the broadcaster. It was reported the expansion of GWS and GCS in the first 5 years added very little value to the AFL’s Tv rights.”

              Those comments were made over 6 months ago. Pretty accurate don’t you think?

              You threw a punch at me and missed. However, you seem like a reasonably educated person, whose opinion I quite often agree with.

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 6:03pm
                Grobbelaar said | June 2nd 2017 @ 6:03pm | ! Report

                Once the digital and overseas rights are thrown in, I can see the total value of the rights inching closer to $80 million per annum.

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 6:43pm
                Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 6:43pm | ! Report

                What…not way over 100+ million like you said earlier today?

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 6:44pm
                Realfootball said | June 2nd 2017 @ 6:44pm | ! Report

                Likewise, Rick 🙂

                Also, I never disagreed with the view you have revisited there.

                I just thought that post was poorly considered.

              • June 3rd 2017 @ 12:49pm
                tom said | June 3rd 2017 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

                People who use the word “eurosnob” are uneducated bogans 😉

            • June 2nd 2017 @ 3:12pm
              punter said | June 2nd 2017 @ 3:12pm | ! Report

              Yes all my mates were dancing on the roof with Liverpool finishing 4th in a PL, a 2nd tier league.

              Hala Madrid!!!!

              Ronaldo.

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 3:44pm
                Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 3:44pm | ! Report

                At least your friends can probably name more than 2 teams in the EPL.

                La Liga is that rubbish, no one cares outside Barca and Real.

                Be thankful for all that German money.

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 3:53pm
                punter said | June 2nd 2017 @ 3:53pm | ! Report

                No doubt they do struggle to name more then 2 teams, they tell me how the PL has 6 teams that can win the PL or was that coming in the top 4, considering they were celebrating so heavily, I think the latter.

                Spurs last premiership in 1961
                Liverpool last premiership 1989
                Arsenal last premiership 2004

                I think seriously PL 3 team competition Chelsea, Man City, Man U.

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 3:54pm
                punter said | June 2nd 2017 @ 3:54pm | ! Report

                The gunners gets me moderated again.

                No doubt they do struggle to name more then 2 teams, they tell me how the PL has 6 teams that can win the PL or was that coming in the top 4, considering they were celebrating so heavily, I think the latter.

                Spurs last premiership in 1961
                Liverpool last premiership 1989
                Gunners last premiership 2004

                I think seriously PL 3 team competition Chelsea, Man City, Man U.

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 4:08pm
                Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 4:08pm | ! Report

                Let’s face it, people who follow Real and Barca are just Euro snobs. 🙂

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 4:48pm
                punter said | June 2nd 2017 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

                Yep that’s me, not Barcelona, but Real Madrid, a real Eurosnob who also loves Sydney FC with even more passion.

                I just love those round ball/things game, football both locally & int’l Golf, cricket, Tour de France & a little tennis.

              • Roar Guru

                June 2nd 2017 @ 5:08pm
                Rick Figjam said | June 2nd 2017 @ 5:08pm | ! Report

                Always a pro punter. Never one to take the bait, which is why I enjoy chatting with you.

                Have a nice weekend buddy.

              • June 2nd 2017 @ 5:19pm
                punter said | June 2nd 2017 @ 5:19pm | ! Report

                Likewise mate.

          • June 2nd 2017 @ 1:46pm
            Ian said | June 2nd 2017 @ 1:46pm | ! Report

            Speaking of stupid people on this site.

      • June 7th 2017 @ 10:58pm
        Rolland said | June 7th 2017 @ 10:58pm | ! Report

        Your a laugh and a half ,it’s not rugby we are talking about by the way.

    • June 2nd 2017 @ 12:34am
      Midfielder said | June 2nd 2017 @ 12:34am | ! Report

      Has not taken long and the morons have arrived … I suggest we totally ignore them … they are only heard to divide, criticise, abuse and confuse.

      Lets not enter into any debate with them I suggest don’t even read their posts… life is too short …

    • June 2nd 2017 @ 12:34am
      Midfielder said | June 2nd 2017 @ 12:34am | ! Report

      Has not taken long and the morons have arrived … I suggest we totally ignore them … they are only heard to divide, criticise, abuse and confuse.

      Lets not enter into any debate with them I suggest don’t even read their posts… life is too short …

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