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The women’s Indigenous v Maori All Stars game will be shown at 5.30pm AEDT on 9Gem in all states.


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Channel 9’s constant whining about not covering both games at the Las Vegas doubleheader. It’s very simple – Fox Sports own the TV rights. It would be like Nine allowing Channel 7 to simulcast a Married at First Sight episode. Or Nine giving Fox Sports an Origin game. The independent-sometimes media company would never allow it to happen.

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To an extent I get Nine’s POV - they’ve had the season launch games for as long as I can remember so this is an oddity because the matches don’t fall within their timeslots.

But it also is not within their broadcast agreement so maybe they need to ponder that ahead of renewals etc to always have the opening games.


And it probably should be part of the package. They sort of get an extra game on ANZAC Day if that doesn’t fall into their usual time slot. That’s a quirk of the deal and that rule should apply for other marquee set ups.

As per usual Rothfield simplifies things to serve his overlord Murdoch and the lackies at Fox.

This is another example of how sport organizations in this country structure their overall deals and packages in a ridiculous way.


Got to wonder whether Nine tried to negotiate a deal to have both games or not too - if they tried and failed, then I can understand their bleating. But if they didn’t bother trying, I’m not interested in hearing their complaints.

The NRL probably needs to have their deals have the ability to negotiate special arrangements for events like this where it doesn’t necessarily follow a historically followed path.


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You’ve got to feel for Channel 9’s head caller Matt Thompson.

He has been grounded and won’t be in Las Vegas to call the Sydney Roosters-Brisbane Broncos game – the second match on the double header.

Instead, he will cover it from the Fox Sports feed at Nine’s North Sydney studios.

Not that much of a surprise given they are only doing the one game


But cheap from Nine. Will lack all atmosphere.

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He’s also lying in his report. Rothfield is claiming it will be airing live in the US on the Fox network. It is airing on Fox sports 1, a minnow compared to espn. It is definitely no airing on the Fox broadcast network. He is constantly inaccurate in his reporting. Such a hack.

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According to Nielsen, FS1 is in 71.375 million homes, and ESPN is in 71.321 million homes.

2023 cable numbers show deep subscriber cuts.

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Wouldn’t shock me if Fox is the “world feed” for this.

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Footy season is back with a bang when two rich cultures collide in an emotionally charged encounter between the NRL Indigenous All Stars v Māori All Stars, live and free on the 9Network or to stream on 9Now this Friday, February 16.

The Indigenous All Stars feature the finest NRL and NRLW players in the game with Latrell Mitchell, Nicho Hynes and Tamika Upton all lining up at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville for a ripping evening of footy.

The freakishly fast Hamiso Tabui-Fidow (Dolphins), Josh Addo-Carr (Bulldogs) and Alofiana Khan-Pereira (Titans) are all set to jet, as well as Broncos lethal weapon Kotoni Staggs.

The Māori All Stars, led by Brandon Smith and Joseph Tapine, are out for revenge after going down on home soil in New Zealand last year, Brandon Smith and Joseph Tapine to lead the charge for them.

Indigenous All Stars player, and reigning Preston Campbell Medalist Nicho Hynes, said: “This game is a very special fixture and hugely important because it allows us to reconnect with our culture and then go out on the field and express that to the whole nation.”

“We’ve got some of the most entertaining and skilled players in the game in our team with Latrell, Kotoni Staggs, Josh Addo-Carr and Hamiso Tabui-Fidow, I can’t wait to get out there and defend our win from last year.

“What we do out on the field we hope inspires the next generation of Australians to learn about First Nations culture, because this is more than a game.”

Three Indigenous All Stars v Māori All Stars clashes will play out with coverage beginning at 4.30pm AEDT with Touch Football, followed by the Women’s and Men’s fixtures.

Featuring on Nine’s Wide World of Sports coverage of the 2024 All Stars fixture will be proud First Nations people Johnathan Thurston and Marlee Silva live from the ground in Townsville, while host James Bracey is be joined by experts Andrew Johns, Billy Slater, Ruan Sims and match callers Mat Thompson and Brenton Speed.


Touch Football NRL Indigenous All Stars v Māori All Stars
Sydney/Melbourne AEDT 4.30pm LIVE on 9GemHD, stream free on 9Now
Brisbane AEST 3.30pm LIVE on 9GemHD, stream free on 9Now

Women’s NRL Indigenous All Stars v Māori All Stars
Sydney/Melbourne AEDT 5.30pm LIVE on 9GemHD, stream free on 9Now
Brisbane AEST 4.30pm LIVE on 9GemHD, stream free on 9Now

Men’s NRL Indigenous All Stars v Māori All Stars
Sydney/Melbourne AEDT 7.30pm LIVE on Channel 9HD, stream free on 9Now
Brisbane AEST 6.30pm LIVE on 9GemHD, 7.00pm switching to Channel 9HD, stream free on 9Now

Coverage in Adelaide and Perth is live on 9Gem


No sign of any new score graphics during the Women’s All Stars game on 9Gem.

Perhaps maybe during the Las Vegas season opener?


Where did you hear about new graphics/scoreboard

I didn’t! Just thought they may have refreshed them.

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The current set have only been in use since Origin I 2022, so I would think they would last at least one more season.


Typically, score graphic sets last for about two years before refreshing. The longest any graphic set went for that I can remember was the one used between 2019-mid-2022 when they used the Arial font. To me it was nice, slick and clean, and not over-the-top.

I always felt it was a tad too basic that one.
Sports graphics should look basic, but not too basic imho.