SBS Sport


Next Sunday’s A-League grand final between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory will be the last to be shown on SBS under the current broadcast deal with the FFA. The delayed telecast on Viceland will air from 5.30pm to 9pm AEST including post-match presentations. The match kicks off at 5pm AEST.


Last night’s A-League Grand Final rated well for SBS2 - coming in first pace (for the “post match segment”, which was really extra-time/ shoot-out segment), while the match itself coming in at 3rd place. A pretty good result for a delayed game.

Hopefully the next A-League broadcast agreements mean that the Finals Series is to be shown LIVE on FTA rather than on a one-hour delay. Then the ratings would be even better.


I guess the issue with the A-League decider is actually getting a time where it doesn’t really clash with the other codes (even if it’s really determined by Fox). They got a little lucky this year falling on the NRL rep weekend which won’t be there next year, plus the fact that it was the 2 biggest clubs representing the 2 biggest cities (the second clubs in Melbourne and Sydney would probably have claims to be 3 and 4 in the pecking order of big AL clubs). An FTA network may not have been so lucky if the GF was like it was a few years ago when it was Central Coast vs Newcastle, representing largely the same market with a few differences outside of the metro area.


Still no word yet on who will have the FTA rights to the next A-League season?


ABC is the only free-to-air broadcaster that put in a bid.


Still ABC isn’t a guarantee, as it could still well go to another network. Like Ten.


Not if they didn’t put in a bid?


SBS will show every Australian match, as well as the semi-finals and final of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia, live in HD, and streamed online.
SBS’s broadcast schedule:
Tuesday June 20
Match Day 4: Australia v Germany 00:30am – 03:30am AEST
Friday June 23
Match Day 7: Cameron v Australia 00:30am – 03:30am AEST
Monday June 26
Match Day 12: Chile v Australia 00:30am – 03:30am AEST
Thursday June 29
FIFA Confederations Cup Semi Final 1: 3.30am-6.30am AEST
Friday June 30
FIFA Confederations Cup Semi Final 2: 3.30am-6.30am AEST
Tuesday July 4
FIFA Confederations Cup Final: 3.30am-6.30am AEST

The matches covered by SBS will be replayed on the same day from 3pm to 5.30pm.
Every Confederations Cup match will be live on Optus Sport for eligible Optus subscribers.


###2018 FIFA Confederations Cup on SBS

Watch all Socceroos matches from the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup live and free on SBS.
The road to Russia is on its way, with just a year left until the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, also held in Russia, will run from Saturday 17 June through to Monday, 3 July and is a prelude to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. SBS will have all Australian matches, plus the semi-final and final from the Confederations Cup live and free on SBS, starting Monday, 19 June.

With three time defending champion and 2016 Olympic gold medallist, Brazil, failing to qualify for this year’s edition, the 8 team tournament is anyone’s to win.

The countries that have qualified and are competing in this year’s tournament include; making their debut to the Confederations Cup and host country, Russia; 2014 World Cup Champion, Germany; 2015 Asian Cup winner, Australia; also making their debut and Copa America titleholder, Chile; 2015 CONCACAF Cup victor, Mexico; 2016 OFC Nation Cup champion, New Zealand; first-timers and UEFA Euro 2016 winner, Portugal and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations titleholder, Cameroon.

The pre and post-match coverage will include SBS’s most experienced football pundits including SBS Chief Football Analyst and former Socceroo, Craig Foster, former Socceroo and 2001 Confederations Cup bronze medallist, David Zdrilic, former Premier League player Michael Bridges, former Spanish superstar, Luis Garcia and football commentator, Richard Bayliss.

Lucy Zelic will be on the ground in Russia, covering the Socceroos performance, along with player interviews and all the action and highlights from this year’s tournament.

Catch all Socceroos matches from the 2017 Confederations Cup Russia live and free from 19 June on SBS.

Matches will also be live streamed on and The World Game app*, which is available from the iTunes store now.

SBS Match Schedule:

Monday 19th June (into Tuesday 20th June)
Match: Australia v Germany
Time: 12.30am – 3.30am (kick off 1.00am) AEST Live to All

Thursday 22nd June (into Friday 23rd June)
Match: Cameroon v Australia
Time: 12.30am – 3.30am (kick off 1.00am) AEST Live to All

Sunday 25th June (into Monday 26th June)
Match: Chile v Australia
Time: 12.30am – 3.30am (kick off 1.00am) AEST Live to All

Thursday 29th June
Match: Semi-Final 1 (teams TBC)
Time: 3.30am – 6.30am* (kick off 4.00am) AEST Live to All
*Extra Time and Penalties Apply

Friday 30th June
Match: Semi-Final 2 (teams TBC)
Time: 3.30am – 6.30am* (kick off 4.00am) AEST Live to All
*Extra Time and Penalties Apply

Monday 3rd July
Match: FIFA Confederations Cup Final (teams TBC)
Time: 3.30am – 6.30am* (kick off 4.00am) AEST Live to All
*Extra Time and Penalties Apply


SBS’s coverage of Tour de France starts on July 1. There will be two firsts for this year’s coverage: every stage from start to finish will be streamed live on SBS’s Cycling Central website, and the ŠKODA Tour Tracker App; and Matthew Keenan and Robbie McEwen will be main commentators for the SBS broadcast and the official world feed, with long-time commentators Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen contributing analysis and insights. More details can be found here


Eurosport will also be showing the Tour De France for the first time


###Tour de France on SBS

The 2017 Tour de France begins Saturday 1 July, 10.30pm on SBS (stage times vary, check local guides).

Hype is building around Tasmanian Richie Porte, who is tipped as a serious contender for the yellow jersey overall winner. With BMC team captain Porte going into the Tour de France in stellar form with overall wins in the Tour Down Under, Tour de Romandie and a stage win at Paris-Nice and runner-up at the Dauphine, could this year be shaping up as Australia’s second ever Tour de France win?

For the first time, every stage of the 2017 Tour de France will be available in full on the SBS digital platforms - Cycling Central online, and the ŠKODA Tour Tracker App. From the first pedal stroke at start line to the finish line and podium presentations, audiences will have access to more race coverage than ever before. TV start times vary with most stages kicking off from the earlier time of 8.30pm, 1 – 23 July on SBS (check local guides).

This year, Matthew Keenan and Robbie McEwen are at the helm of SBS’s commentary and for the first time, Australian voices will call every stage from start to finish. Three-time green jersey winner Robbie McEwen and renowned cycling commentator Matthew Keenan also take up the new role as commentators for the Tour de France’s official world feed, broadcast in over 50 territories internationally.

SBS cycling host Michael Tomalaris leads the team in France. Giro d’Italia stage winner David McKenzie takes us inside the peloton and gets up close to the stars of the sport to deliver daily stage reports. Much-loved by the SBS cycling audience, Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen will feature as guests in SBS’s coverage during the Tour contributing analysis and insights.

The 104th edition of the Tour de France sets out on German soil from Düsseldorf on 1 July and moves through Belgium on its way to France. The three-week route takes in infamous climbs the Galibier, La Planche des Belles Filles and the Col d’Izoard, and two individual time trials on the first, and penultimate stages.

SBS has every angle of the Tour de France covered for cycling fans.

Viewers can catch up on the overnight action with hour-long highlights each morning at 7am and again at 5pm on SBS, as well as stage replays from 1pm on SBS, and 3pm on SBS VICELAND.

Online, the Tour de France will take over the Cycling Central website for the month of July, offering news, opinion, standings, highlights and video on demand.

The ŠKODA Tour Tracker app returns, streaming live pictures and allowing viewers to view real-time data, stage profiles and catch up video to complement the full race coverage and deliver a fully comprehensive offering.

Taking a bite out of the cultural side of this iconic race, Gabriel Gaté returns to discover the unique flavours, delights and specialities of each region as he follows the route of the Tour de France for the popular Taste Le Tour segment each night before racing begins on SBS.


Interesting not Phil and Paul doing the full call.


Thinking the same. They are heavly involved with NBC now for the call

SBS Might also want to set them apart from nines coverage of the TDU with Paul and Phil.


This change has absolutely zero to do with Nine or their coverage of the Tour Down Under. Matthew Keenan and Robbie McEwen now do the commentary for the World Feed for the entire stage. In previous years this was not the case. SBS have suggested that Liggett and Sherwen will be able to do some pre stage stuff for them when required, as said in the press release. As you said, Liggett and Sherwen are tied up with the NBC coverage. I think that Keenan and McEwen are a great duo, great to have them calling the entire Tour de France, fantastic for them to be heard in so many countries (I believe 50ish).


The US Open will return to free to air TV for the first time since 2009 with SBS striking a deal with ESPN to broadcast the US Open for the next five years

Nine was the last FTA network to show the tournament before being exclusive to Fox Sports for the last 7 years. Nine did show the Stosur-Williams final in 2011 in full on the main channel.


###US Open

From Wednesday 6 September

SBS today announced that it has secured exclusive free-to-air broadcast rights for the US Open.

In a partnership with ESPN, SBS’s US Open coverage will commence Wednesday 6 September, during the quarter finals stage. Played on hard courts in Queens, New York, the US Open is the final of the four annual tennis majors, wrapping up the year for the major tournaments. SBS will broadcast some of the biggest matches, live and free on SBS, SBS HD, as well as streamed live online.

SBS Director of Sport, Ken Shipp said: “SBS has a proud heritage in bringing the best of international sport to Australian fans. The US Open is one of the iconic events on the sports calendar, and this deal sees the climax of the year’s final Grand Slam returning live and free to all Australians.”

SBS’s coverage of the US Open will commence Wednesday 6 September on SBS and SBS HD, as well as streamed live online.

SBS US Open Schedule (TBC):
Wednesday 6 September
US Open Tennis Quarter-Finals
9.00am – 2.00pm AEST Live to All

Thursday 7 September
US Open Tennis Quarter-Finals
9.00am – 2.00pm AEST Live to All

Friday 8 September
US Open Tennis Women’s Semi-finals
9.00am – 2.00pm AEST *Live to All

Saturday 9 September
US Open Tennis Men’s Semi-Finals
6:00am – 2.00pm AEST Live to All

Sunday 10 September
US Open Tennis Women’s Final
6.00am – 9.00am AEST Live to All

Monday 11 September
US Open Tennis Men’s Final
6.00am – 10.00 AEST Live to All


Great pick up from SBS. So Fox Sports no longer the home of US open.


That’s a huge pick up for SBS. What is going on at Fox Sports. They seem to be missing a bit.


Fox Sports held exclusive rights for the last 4 years. They only had one channel broadcasting and took a world feed rather than ESPN coverage