Ten Sport


Yeah, Ten’s final Melbourne Cup broadcast (until next year of course) was 2001. Seven picked up the rights from 2002.


That’s right the final race use to be at 4:45 to accommodate ten.


Just looking at the Sydney television guide for 6 November 1979. Ten had exclusive rights to the Melbourne Cup and only televised the cup with coverage from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. Ten News was at 6:00pm. Coverage in 1980 was similar. The last race was at 4:50pm, and looking at some of the other cup day race forms over earlier years it seems that the last race was always before 5:00pm. I don’t think the last race was traditionally before 5:00pm because in later years Ten had their news at 5:00pm.


Of course in 2001 there were substantially fewer meetings to bet on so the FTA partner probably was able to have more of a say. Now they have to squeeze a Flemington race within semi meaningless races from country NSW or Darwin (even Hong Kong which has even more power on race times than anyone else).



I can see Seven bumping up Racing.com bandwidth (to even possibly HD) just for this event (unless it states otherwise in the contract)


Smart move by Ten really.

If they profiting from this deal by selling some of the rights deal back to racing.com (and also deals through CBS as well) then they obviously don’t see it as much of a competitor in the grand scheme of things to compete with their main channel coverage.


Can’t find a schedule for Ten’s 2001 Cup coverage other than that the race jumped at 3.10pm AEDT when it was last shown on Ten


I’m in two minds about this. On one hand, being the main broadcast partner - Ten have a right to ‘protect’ their coverage. On the other hand, they should be confident enough about the coverage they’ll produce that they shouldn’t be worried about who Racing.com decides to be involved in their coverage.

Besides, with all due to respect to Racing.com - the only people who have/will watch their coverage are serious racing followers who want nothing but in-depth analysis about the horses and races


I agree. Compared to RACING.COM coverage which is aimed at serious punters, Ten’s coverage of the Melbourne Cup Carnival (just like Seven’s has been in the past) will likely be more aimed at a mainstream audience with a greater focus on the colour of the day and Fashions on the Field, etc.

Mind you, I would not be overly surprised if Seven were to promote RACING.COM coverage of the Melbourne Cup Carnival during their sports coverage/news on the main channel, if that’s contractually allowed.


Should this thread now be 10 Sport? :wink:


Is the Seven Sport thread 7 Sport? :thinking:


And the majority of punters (i.e.) me, who only place a bet/have a flutter once a year.


I said the same thing a few days ago but the mods agreed to keep it as Ten for consistency with Nine and Seven Sport


They should promote Racing.com heavily throughout their horse racing coverage next year with the aim of directing people to watch their coverage of the Carnival instead of going to Ten



It kinda sucks that its exactly the same coverage all these years since 2014. I would’ve thought there would be more extensive coverage like the ONE HD exclusive era.

EDIT: Speedcafe has an article on it, https://www.speedcafe.com/2018/11/14/network-10-extends-motogp-rights-deal/ as well as the main MotoGP website here http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2018/11/06/motogp-remains-on-network-10-in-australia-for-3-more-years/278089


A little disappointing that the renewed contract just maintains the status quo for another 3 years, ideally it would’ve been good to see 10 extend their coverage of this event again with the support categories and qualifying etc.


Network 10 Extends MotoGP™ Agreement.

Every MotoGP Race Live And Free On 10 Boss.

Network 10 is pleased to announce it has extended its agreement with Dorna Sports to broadcast the premier motorcycle racing FIM World Championship, MotoGP™ for the next three years.

With the 2018 MotoGP Championship season nearing its end, the extension of the broadcast deal is a coup for Australian motorsport viewers.

The extended deal guarantees that every international MotoGP race will be available live and free on 10 Boss for the next three years. It also guarantees that the Australian round of the MotoGP World Championship, including qualifying and the race, held at Victoria’s Phillip Island will be broadcast live and free on 10.

The comprehensive coverage will again feature pre-race and post-race expert analysis from former Grand Prix rider Daryl Beattie for all 19 races, which cover 16 countries and five continents.

Every MotoGP race, including the pre-race and post-race shows, will continue to be available via live streaming at www.tenplay.com.au.

Network 10, Head of Sport, Matt White, said: “Australian motorsport fans deserve to see this incredible racing category live and free and we are delighted to extend our broadcast deal with Dorna Sports for another three years. This deal further demonstrates Network 10’s commitment to premium sport.”

Network 10, Chief Executive Officer, Paul Anderson, said: “The MotoGP World Championship is part of our DNA and has proudly been on our Network for the past 21 years.

“MotoGP provides some of the most dramatic motor racing vision in the world and is a key plank in our motorsport strategy combining brilliantly with the Australian Formula One Grand Prix and the Bathurst 1000.

“With the Melbourne Cup, Network 10 will be the place to watch all of the big races that stop the nation in 2019. We have an incredible partnership with Dorna Sports and are very excited to be partnering once again and remaining the free to air home of motorsport in Australia.”

Manel Arroyo, Managing Director of Dorna Sports, added: “It’s great news that MotoGP will remain on Network 10 in Australia, continuing our long and successful partnership that is now in its third decade.

“Network 10 provide excellent coverage of the World Championship and are valuable collaborators with whom we are delighted to continue working, so three more years is great news for Aussie fans and great news for MotoGP.”


Would’ve been nice to have qualifying for each race too, but it’s still a much better deal than F1. Although, I presume, it doesn’t rate anywhere near as well.