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FFA agrees new TV deal with Fox Sports and Network 10
Hyundai A-League and Socceroos matches will be broadcast live in prime time on free-to-air commercial television under a deal agreed by Football Federation Australia (FFA) with Network Ten and Fox Sports.
The new $200 million broadcast deal will see Network Ten show Saturday Night A-League games and all finals as well as Socceroos matches after the completion of the current round of FIFA World Cup Qualifiers this year.
The new deal, which will come into effect for the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season, will see Fox Sports’ broadcast of a Saturday 7.30pm game simulcast (simultaneously broadcast) live on Network Ten’s ONE.
The announcement follows last year’s ground breaking six year agreement which sees live coverage of every Hyundai A-League game, along with Socceroos, Matildas, Westfield W-League and Westfield FFA Cup matches remain on Fox Sport.
Announcing the deal, FFA Chief Executive David Gallop stated "whis is a win for football fans and an opportunity for us to showcase our game on a commercial network with a recent history of successfully covering major sport.
"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.
Network Ten Chief Executive Paul Anderson stated "we are very proud to partner with Football Federation Australia and Fox Sports to bring the Hyundai A-League to our viewers on ONE and tenplay every Saturday night.
“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."
However, the deal essentially means FFA failed to sell the free-to-air rights directly to a major commercial network.
FFA have subsequently reverted to Fox Sports under its six-year, $346 million deal to broadcast all games.
Image: Sydney FC win the 2017 Hyundai A-League Grand Final. Image courtesy of Damian Briggs Photography.
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