Seven Sport


Brief statement from the Victoria Racing Club (via Mumbrella)

The Seven Network has been the Victoria Racing Club’s free to air broadcast partner for the Melbourne Cup Carnival since 2002 and this contract remains in place until the end of March 2019. The VRC is in the process of reviewing media rights arrangements for the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival and beyond. Details regarding this process remain commercial in confidence.


Here’s a thought.

Tennis Australia was heavily criticised for selling the Aus Open rights to Seven without a tender in 2016, apparently undervaluing the rights by about $50 million. A review was held, a bidding process put in place and in the end Nine picked up the rights next time round.

Racing Victoria put the Melbourne Cup rights to tender for the first time since 2002, making seven execs furious. Seven keep the spring racing carnival but lose the Melbourne Cup Carnival to Ten, who smash the network out of the park in the bidding war.

I think these first losses will only be the beginning


Will be the Melbourne Cup Carnival still be shown on and Sky Racing 1 or does Ten have exclusive rights?


It’ll take quite something, I suspect a combined Nine/Ten joint bid again, to take the AFL again from Seven?


I agree with what you’re saying. However, to play devils advocate - Seven will get a lot more mileage out of the Big Bash than they could/did with the tennis (despite the Fox Cricket simulcast) because it’ll stretch from mid-December to the beginning of the ratings year


Assuming they’re still doing the Sunday Night (American time) games at least the following will get shown (subject to NFL Flex Scheduling later in the season, where they may move some games based on if teams are in playoff contention or not).

WK 1 [BONUS: Atlanta @ Philadelphia, Friday Morning]: Chicago @ Green Bay
WK 2: NY Giants @ Dallas
WK 3: New England @ Detroit
WK 4: Baltimore @ Pittsburgh
WK 5: Dallas @ Houston
WK 6: Kansas City @ New England
WK 7: LA Rams @ San Francisco
WK 8: New Orleans @ Minnesota
WK 9: Green Bay @ New England
WK 10: Dallas @ Philadelphia
WK 11: Pittsburgh @ Jacksonville
WK 13: San Francisco @ Seattle
WK 14: Pittsburgh @ Oakland
WK 15: Philadelphia @ LA Rams
WK 16: Kansas City @ Seattle
WK 17: TBD

Week 12 is the Thanksgiving Weekend, with 3 games on the Thursday (Friday in Australia) and the usual Sunday Game. Assuming they do all 3 games on Thanksgiving (which are not subject to flex scheduling as all are nationally televised and Detroit and Dallas traditionally host games) plus the usual Sunday triple header, it should be
WK 12: (Thursday) Chicago @ Detroit, Washington @ Dallas, Atlanta @ New Orleans
(Sunday) 1PM Game, Pittsburgh @ Denver, Green Bay @ Minnesota

Usually they also do the nationally televised late window game as the 2nd game on Sunday (4:25 US EST start). Again subject to flex scheduling, these games are
WK 1: Either Seattle @ Denver/Dallas @ Carolina/Washington @ Arizona
WK 2: Either New England @ Jacksonville or Oakland @ Denver
WK 3: Either Dallas @ Seattle or Chicago @ Arizona
WK 4: Either New Orleans @ NY Giants or San Francisco @ LA Chargers
WK 5: Either Arizona @ San Francisco, Minnesota @ Philadelphia or LA Rams @ Seattle
WK 6: Either Baltimore @ Tennessee or Jacksonville @ Dallas
WK 7: Dallas @ Washington
WK 8: San Francisco @ Arizona or Green Bay @ LA Rams
WK 9: LA Rams @ New Orleans
WK 10: Seattle @ LA Rams
WK 11: TBD (no game at this stage selected for 4:25 national window)
WK 13: Minnesota @ New England
WK 14: Philadelphia @ Dallas or Detroit @ Arizona
WK 15: New England @ Pittsburgh
WK 16: Pittsburgh @ New Orleans
WK 17: TBD (At this point West Coast games are scheduled at 4:25 but a lot depends on what the SNF game is and also what other games have playoff implications).


So far available to publish:

Friday 7 September 2018
10:00 AM AEST NFL: Week 1: Falcons at Eagles


Didn’t Ten bid like 50% on top of what Seven are paying now? Massive inflation for 4 days in one week near the end of the survey year.


But when you literally have nothing else you’ll pay more than it’s worth.


Cheers. You’ve told me essentially what I already know!


NFL Week 1 - Sydney 7Mate Schedule

Friday 7 September 2018
10:00 AM AEST NFL: Week 1: Falcons at Eagles

03:00 AM NFL: Week 1: Texans at Patriots
06:00 AM NFL: Week 1: Texans at Patriots
06:30 AM NFL: Week 1: Seahawks at Broncos
09:30 AM TBA:
10:00 AM NFL: Week 1: Bears at Packers


Week 2 AEST

Monday 10 September 2018

03:00 AM NFL: Week 1: Texans at Patriots
06:00 AM NFL: Week 1: Texans at Patriots
06:30 AM NFL: Week 1: Seahawks at Broncos
09:30 AM TBA:
10:00 AM NFL: Week 1: Bears at Packers

Week 3 AEST

Monday 17 September 2018
03:00 AM NFL: Week 2: Vikings at Packers
06:00 AM NFL: Week 2: Vikings at Packers
06:30 AM NFL: Week 2: Raiders at Broncos
09:30 AM World Of X Games Rpt
10:00 AM NFL: Week 2: Giants at Cowboys


Yesterday Fanfare for the Common Man returned along with a new Seven Sport intro, with either Sherrin footballs or cricket balls building up to form the 7 logo. For Seven’s coverage of other sports like horse racing and golf, will it have a generic intro, or have horse shoes or golf balls forming the 7 logo? :smile:


Seems like it’s a generic intro based on this:


Seven will show the Sydney to Hobart yacht race on Boxing Day this year, even though the network is also airing the cricket test between Australia and India at the same time. This is confirmed at the end of the article written two weeks ago to mark 100 days to go to the yacht race.


Seven Sport have finally updated their Twitter cover photo and removed the Australian Open logo and replaced it with their Olympics one.



I am confused as to Seven Sport’s identity at the moment?

They’ve kinda got elements remaining from 2012 when the full relaunch took place, coinciding with the 2012-2016 AFL broadcast deal.

But since, have made modifications on almost an annual basis (logos, graphics, opening and closing production end tags, etc).

They really need another relaunch or at least refresh, especially now with 7Cricket and the seemingly returned but modern “7Sport” opener.


Winx set to light up the spring

Wonder mare Winx lines up for her 28th consecutive win on Saturday in the Group 1, $500,000 Turnbull Stakes.

The world’s top-rated racehorse will be aiming to win the Turnbull Stakes for the second year in a row, to continue her campaign to win a fourth Cox Plate later this spring.

Four-year-old Grunt will be laying down the challenge to Winx having won three of his four starts at Flemington including two Group 1 events, the Makybe Diva Stakes and the Australian Guineas.

The Group 1, $500,000 Spring Champion Stakes comes live Randwick with favourite Thinkin’ Big jumping from barrier seven, with Dealmaker and Aramayo set to push the colt.

Hosted by Bruce McAvaney with Hamish McLachlan and Jason Richardson , along with colour reporting from Abbey Gelmi at Randwick and Emma Davenport at Flemington.

Saturday October 6

Randwick – Spring Champion Stakes

Flemington – Turnbull Stakes Day

Sydney 12.00pm LIVE on Channel 7 and 7plus, 5.00pm LIVE on 7TWO and 7plus

Melbourne 12.00pm LIVE on Channel 7 and 7plus, 5.00pm LIVE on 7TWO and 7plus

Brisbane 12.00pm LIVE on Channel 7 and 7plus, 5.00pm LIVE on 7TWO and 7plus

Adelaide 11.30am LIVE on Channel 7 and 7plus,

Perth 9.00am LIVE on 7TWO and 7plus, 12.00pm LIVE on Channel 7 and 7plus


Bruce McAvaney was tense watching Winx narrowly winning the Turnbull Stakes this afternoon. And when did Seven introduce its new horse racing logo?


Please don’t tell me that’s how they broadcast the race?