I wonder whether capacity is an issue - having three full-time channels dedicate to specific sports is going to put pressure on the remaining ‘open genre’ channels for coverage.
NASCAR do stream races live on YouTube to some territories. ONE used to carry it when Marcus Ambrose was still involved but can’t see it finding a home on 10 BOLD, although it wouldn’t be a bad property for 10 to pick up if they’re rebuilding their motorsport portfolio.
Also an interesting development re-supercar and F1 rights (to be negotiated this year), given Fox have dropped Indycar (to ESPN), Le Mans (to Eurosport) and now NASCAR it doesn’t send a strong signal that the network is serious about being the home of Motorsport (there was recently a NASCAR demo run at a Supercars event).
A far cry from the days of Speed.
I think the reason why Fox dumped NASCAR and NHL was because they are American sports, the only American sport left on Fox Sports is golf. Fox Sports are these days focusing on Australian sport. Cricket, NRL, Rugby Union, AFL, NBL, A-League and Socceroos etc. I predict that ESPN will get the French Open and Wimbledon tennis away from Fox soon.
It seems like their motorsport strategy is now focused around Superscars, F1 and MotoGP with anything else they show coming way down the pecking order
It which the last few seasons they have cut back on overal coverage.
This is the last year of the Supercar TV contract. Are Ten or Nine a chance of grabbing the rights off Foxtel.
Yes fully aware Ten has the current rights but this deal was done by pervious management with close ties to Fox.
Seven would be out of it, after the summer they have had with cricket and losing money via the AFL deal too.
I think Nine is out of the question as Supercars will clash with Nine’s coverage of NRL, Super Netball and NBL, especially with Supercars’ plan to move into winter-summer season.
I think Nine would’ve been out of the question either way. Historically, have they ever had the rights to broadcast the V8 Supercars or their predecessors?
Won’t that benefit Nine. The season to start in September when NRL finals are on, and played mostly at night. The Supercars running through until April.
Best fit would be Ten who need a summer/winter sport. And also a sport in which they have strong history with. Be interesting to see what the Supercars asking price is going to be. No doubt ten/nine would want it at a bargain price.
Nine only broadcast Australian Super Touring Car Championships (rival to Supercars) during the 1990s.
Not true, Supercars has a contract with both 10 and Fox till the end of the 2020 season. This year is the fifth year out of 6.
You make it sound like Formula 1 is being negotiated this year, when you have said before that Fox Sports deal with 10 is till the end of 2021 or 2022.
Does anyone know wether this contract has been re-done? Or if not what the next tv deal might be for supercars?
It was a 6 year deal ending at the conclusion of the 2020 season
Fox renewed the French Open coverage last year till 2020 but if some one else ever bid for it I can’t imagine them chasing it. As far as Wimbledon, not sure for Fox but Seven’s deal ends this year.
HSBC Sevens World Series Sydney
The fast and furious HSBC Sevens World Series returns to Sydney this weekend (February 1-3) and FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel, will show every game LIVE, ad-break free during play and in HD.
Coverage begins 11.45am AEDT on Friday, February 1, and continues across the weekend from Sydney’s Spotless Stadium, with all 79 games from both the men’s and women’s competitions LIVE, ad-break free during play and in HD on FOX SPORTS 506.
Former Wallaby Drew Mitchell and Olympic gold-medallist Charlotte Caslick will offer their expert insight and analysis on the pre and post-game panel with hosts Nick McArdle and Lou Ransome.
Mitchell, Greg Clark, Sean Maloney, Andrew Swain, Stephen Hoiles, Karl Te Nana, Willie Lose, Nolli Waterman and Tiana Penitani will team up to call all the on field action.
In addition to LIVE coverage of every game across the weekend, rugby fans will also witness a collection of former rugby stars in action, including Mitchell and Hoiles who will line up for the Classic Wallabies against the Pacific Islands Legends at 1.45pm AEDT on Sunday.
The FOX SPORTS player mic will also return, with both Mitchell and Hoiles wearing microphones during the Classic Wallabies and Pacific Islands Legends clash.
FOX SPORTS is available on Foxtel.
HSBC SYDNEY SEVENS BROADCAST SCHEDULE:
(all times AEDT)
FRI 1 FEB: LIVE from 11.45am on FOX SPORTS 506
SAT 2 FEB: LIVE from 8.45am on FOX SPORTS 506
SUN 3 FEB: LIVE from 8.30am on FOX SPORTS 506
Saw a promo for a University of Canberra Capitals match on TV. It seems to use Fox Sports footage, but only the regular Fox Sports logo is viable.
The Sunday Telegraph reports 7-time Bathurst 1000 champion Craig Lowndes (who retired from full time driving late last year) has joined Fox Sports’ Supercars commentary team this year, but at the expense of veteran Russell Ingall.
Confirmed here by speedcafe on Wednesday
Was also on one of the 24/7 sports stations Thu or Fri. I just cant remember who or when exactly as I have been flipping quite a bit.
Super Rugby returns live on Fox Sports
The 2019 Vodafone Super Rugby season launches this weekend, and FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel, will show every game LIVE, with no ad-breaks during play and in HD and for the first time fans will also be able to watch games in 4K ultra high definition on Foxtel*.
Super Rugby returns with a 15-team, three conference model in 2019, with the Waratahs, Reds, Brumbies and Rebels all featuring in the Australian conference alongside Japan’s Sunwolves.
The 2019 competition will feature more Australian derbies, with local rivalries once again coming to the fore.
Round 1 gets underway on Friday night (February 15) with a mouth-watering double header on FOX SPORTS. The night kicks-off with the Chiefs taking on the Highlanders before an all-Australian derby between the Brumbies and Rebels.
Round 2 will be a history making round with the Brumbies v Cheifs game on Saturday, February 23 the first ever Super Rugby game broadcast in 4K ultra high definition.
FOX SPORTS will complement its unrivaled on-field coverage with the best entertainment and analysis with FOX SPORTS unveiling three new shows in 2019.
Host Lou Ransome will be joined by Drew Mitchell and Stephen Hoiles every Monday night at 7.30pm for Super Rugby Wrap.
Each week, the team will review the week’s biggest stories and offer their expert opinion and analysis, plus sit down with some of the biggest names in the game.
Ransome will also host FOX SPORTS new Friday night line-up with Sean Maloney, Mitchell and Hoiles joining her for Kick-Off at 5pm and Kick-On following the game at 9.45pm.
Nick McArdle returns to the hosting chair for Super Saturday alongside an expert panel of “the Statesmen” featuring George Gregan, Tim Horan, Phil Kearns, Greg Martin and Rod Kafer.
The voice of Rugby, Greg Clark leads a team of Wallabies legends and rugby experts. Clark will be joined in commentary by Horan, Martin, Kafer, Hoiles, Mitchell and Gregan, alongside Rugby pundits Maloney, Andrew Swain and Natalie Yoannidis to guide viewers through the action each week.
FOX SPORTS will also produce a number of games in 4K ultra high definition which will air LIVE on Foxtel’s new 4K channel, Channel 444.
Australia’s only 24/7 sports news channel, FOX SPORTS News will be the place to stay across all the latest news and developments in the lead up to the weekend’s action with a full wrap up of all the results and highlights following each round.
The country’s number one multi-sport website Foxsports.com.au will be the online destination for fans with a Super Rugby Match Centre featuring live scores, stats and video highlights.
FOX SPORTS is EXCLUSIVELY available on Foxtel.
FOX SPORTS’ BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Vodafone Super Rugby
All LIVE, ad-break free during play and in HD on FOX SPORTS 503
Fri 15 Feb: Chiefs v Highlanders, LIVE at 6.30pm
Fri 15 Feb: Brumbies v Rebels, LIVE at 8.40pm
Sat 16 Feb: Blues v Crusaders, LIVE at 6.30pm
Sat 16 Feb: Waratahs v Hurricanes, LIVE at 8.40pm
Sat 16 Feb: Sunwolves v Sharks, LIVE at 10.50pm
Sun 17 Feb: Bulls v Stomers, LIVE at 3.10am
Sun 17 Feb: Jaguares v Lions, LIVE at 9.35am
Sat 23 Feb: Brumbies v Chiefs LIVE and in 4K Ultra HD at 7.45pm
FOX SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT SHOW LINE-UP
Super Rugby Wrap at 7.30pm
Hosts: Lou Ransome, Drew Mitchell and Stephn Hoiles
Kick-Off at 5pm
Hosts: Lou Ransome, Drew Mitchell, Stephen Hoiles and Sean Maloney
Kick-On at 9.45pm
Hosts: Lou Ransome, Drew Mitchell, Stephen Hoiles and Sean Maloney
Hosts: Nick McArdle, George Gregan, Tim Horan, Phil Kearns, Greg Martin and Rod Kafer
All times listed as AEDT
*Requires iQ4 set top box, compatible HDMI cable and compatible 4K TV. Any other connected equipment must also be compatible with Foxtel’s 4K UHD Standard. Available to customers with Sports + HD packs. For more info see Foxtel.com.au/compatibility.