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April 25, 2017

WNBL returns to television with Fox Sports deal

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Australia’s Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) has returned to national broadcast television for the first time since the conclusion of the 2014-15 season after Fox Sports and Basketball Australia entered a three-year deal to televise matches.

The deal begins at the start of the 2017-18 season, Fox Sports will broadcast at least one game per week, and all finals matches, until the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.

Played over 16 weeks, the new season runs from October to January, which includes the best-of-three semi-finals and grand final series. With a January conclusion, instead of the usual February finish, the WNBL will allow players more time to search for complementary contracts abroad.

The WNBL had been absent from television since the ABC ended their two decade relationship with the league in 2015 citing budget cuts from the Federal Government.

Fox Sports chief, Patrick Delany, said about the deal: “The WNBL is the longest running elite female competition in the country.

“It features incredible athletes, who are strong and fierce competitors. For too long the league has been invisible with no broadcast partner.

“This isn’t just another broadcast deal; it’s a partnership. We are invested in making a difference, and putting women’s basketball in Australia back on the map.”

“It’s a great day for the WNBL and we are thrilled to be entering into this partnership with Fox Sports,” Head of the WNBL, Sally Phillips, said.

“The WNBL is globally elite and a broadcast partnership provides us with a vital perception piece and communication platform for our sport that has been missing over the past two seasons. I’m so happy for our fans that have missed tuning in each week, we’re back.”


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