Sports Broadcasting History

ironically, during that Tri-Nations rugby union game between Australia and New Zealand was when the Olympic bombing in Atlanta took place (since the game was an afternoon start, it was underway when the bombing took place).

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Does anyone know what was going on with the graphics here? Can’t remember them at all and not what Nine ever used for international cricket iirc.

Can only think it was specifically for the Mercantile Mutual Cup for a year or two, or maybe something to do with C7?

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There was a time 9 was assisting an Indian broadcaster Doordarshan in the production of their cricket coverage. If you look at the Australian tour of India in 2001. You will see this version of a score bug.

It was never used for an International in Australia.

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Was the Tri Nations game that interrupted the 2004 Athens Olympics during Week 1 the AUS/SA game where Gordon Bray goes “Rathbone against his fellow countrymen!”? Or maybe it was the game in SA, can’t remember which.

For the 02 game, in SA, did Bray and co do that one for Seven? Here in the States we had Hugh Bladen and Garth Wright from Supersport covering the game, did Fox use that feed for you guys while 7 had Bray, Podo and Handy? Same thing for the NZ game, did Fox use the Sky Nz feed with Grant Nisbett and Murray Mexted while 7 had Bray and co?

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I think Seven would always do their own commentary for the Tri Nations matches they covered ie Wallaby ones. I have a memory of Fordham calling a few of the Sprinboks’ home matches against the Wallabies around then, rather than Gray. Could be wrong though/ could have been earlier years.

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I wonder if any overseas stations took Seven’s commentary instead of the host nations commentary?

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Fordo did a few S12 games in the early years. Fox actually the first year used Warren Boland or Peter Meares on a few games in 96.

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For those wondering whether Eddie was a racing expert or not (Given the Social Media reactions we saw during 10’s coverage of the Melbourne Cup Carnival during 2022-23), here he is on Nine’s Coverage of Caulfield Cup Day of 1999:

Only one would hope to see Nine revive Ken Callander and John Tapp for the Melbourne Cup Carnival Coverage for the next 6 years.

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Seven’s Coverage of the 2000 Magic Millions Carnival (Split into 10 Parts), is now up on Youtube. If you watch the start of Part 1, you will notice a ‘new’ Seven Sport intro that premiered exactly 7 Days earlier which featured the old FFTCM theme from the previous decade (Not sure if that was also used during the Australian Open Tennis Coverage 9 days later) in which I think was used temporarily and having seen that for the first time ever, I think Seven should’ve opted to revert back to using that intro when it lost the AFL TV Rights during 2001.

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Just out of curiosity, did Seven use their sports opener during the Sydney Olympics at the start of each day’s coverage, or did they just show the copyright notice and the Olympics Intro (Best IMO)

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Probably it only used it’s Olympics intro as well as the copyright notice. Same thing occurred at Atlanta and not sure about Barcelona.

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The new sports opener began during the AFL coverage

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Here is the video:

Credit: Paul Lang

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The Clip at the start was what I was referring to. I said that it was a pity that Seven didn’t chose to revert back to using that Intro in 2001 immediately following the AFL Season.

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Why would they revert to an old intro?

Having lost the AFL TV Rights, it would’ve looked awesome because there is clips of other sports like Golf, Tennis etc. (Including AFL) in the other intro used during this era.

Because they covered those sports. And given how little sport they had after losing the AFL, I would think that the sports intro would be the least of Seven’s worries during that time.

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Channel 9 telecast if Australia’s historic cricket tour if South Africa in 1994

Though if i remember correctly it was only the day/night one dayers that were after the Test series that were shown live. Most of it was shown on tape delay.

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The 4 Day ODIs would have started in Prime Time with South Africa being basically the same time as England, the first game on Saturday (Feb 19) may have started immediately after Hey Hey but the other games would have been after movies and whatever the prime time schedule was.

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Yeah they would have. The day/nighters at 10:30 so easier to put them.on live

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