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April 10, 2017

FFA to wrap up free-to-air rights by the end of May

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It is reported that bids by free-to-air broadcasters for Football Federation Australia’s suite of properties is due by Easter with any deal wrapped up by the end of May.

The FFA signed a $346 million television broadcast deal with Fox Sports and Foxtel in December, but confirmed at the time that they will partner with a free-to-air network to simulcast a Saturday night A-League fixture.

The three main free-to-air broadcasters, Nine Network, Channel Seven and Ten Network are said to be in the running for the rights, while the Australian Financial Review reported that the tender is to have three or six-year contract options.

The suite of properties potentially on offer is a Saturday night A-League match, Socceroos, Matildas, W-League, club friendly matches and an expansion clause, should the A-League expand beyond its current 10 teams during the course of the upcoming rights period.

The tender for the telco rights, including live streaming matches, is said to have been issued. Telstra is considering a bid against rival Optus.

Optus were reported to be interested in a number of FFA properties, having already got the rights to the English Premier League, but the AFR has said that the Singtel-owned telco may have to wait due to a rumoured first rights clause Telstra has.

Source: Australian Financial Review


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