Fox Sports and Network Ten partner netball

4 years ago

The ANZ Championship, in conjunction with FOX SPORTS and Network Ten, has announced a new Australian deal which will see more live netball broadcast than ever before.

The multi-platform deal will see all 72 games of the ANZ Championship, including the new Conference Finals and ANZ Championship Finals Series, broadcast on FOX SPORTS and Sunday afternoon's Match of the Round simulcast on ONE via Network Ten for the next two years.

"Our new Australian broadcast partnership with FOX SPORTS and Network Ten will deliver a record number of matches in 2015 with more than 175 hours of ANZ Championship broadcasts," ANZ Championship General Manager Andy Crook said.

"The deal enhances the ANZ Championship's growing reputation for delivering premium sports content and ensures that all Australians have the opportunity to watch the world's best netball league every week across free-to-air and subscription television – setting the benchmark for women's sport in Australia."

The new Australian deal ensures that every game of the 2015 ANZ Championship will be broadcast on either side of the Tasman Sea with existing partner SKY Television in New Zealand.

FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: "FOX SPORTS, in conjunction with Foxtel, is proud to continue its commitment to showcasing the world's best netballers with coverage of every game of the ANZ Championship plus all Diamonds Test matches.

"We made history in 2013 by televising every ANZ Championship match for the first time in a landmark deal for the sport.

"This year netball fans will be able to watch more of the sport they love with coverage of all ANZ Championship matches, plus every game of the 2015 Netball World Cup on FOX SPORTS," Delany said.

The ANZ Championship will return to Network Ten for the first time since 2012. The free-to-air broadcaster previously held the trans-Tasman league's Australian rights for four years from 2009 – 2012.

Network Ten Head of Sport, David Barham, said: "We are delighted to be returning the ANZ Championship to free-to-air television in 2015.

"This deal further demonstrates Network Ten's commitment to live sport and is an important platform for women's sport in Australia. The ANZ Championship showcases the best netballers in the world to fans all over the country."

The telecasts will feature some of netball's biggest stars with Liz Ellis, Sharelle McMahon, Kathryn Harby-Williams, and Catherine Cox, who makes her ANZ Championship broadcast debut after retiring last year, along with leading netball commentator Kelli Underwood.

The announcement reinforces FOX SPORTS and Network Ten's standing as the home of netball with the networks partnering up to broadcast the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 in August.

The 2015 ANZ Championship gets underway on Saturday 28 February when the Adelaide Thunderbirds host the Waikato Bay of Plenty Magic at Netball SA Stadium.

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