Netball Australia and Foxtel start their groundbreaking five-year broadcasting deal in style this weekend in Melbourne with what is sure to prove a great lead-in to the new Super Netball season.
Melbourne may have been starved of live sport over the past two years but the city is set to host a netball feast this weekend as Foxtel and Kayo start their five-year broadcast rights deal.
The network, which will launch its new home of netball at Crown Towers in Melbourne on Wednesday, will telecast every game of the three-day Team Girls Cup pre-season tournament from Friday to Sunday, kicking off an exciting era for the sport.
Each of Super Netball’s eight teams will play four games over three days in a warm-up to the season proper, which starts on March 26-27.
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Fresh from representing the Diamonds at the Quad Series in London, goaler Sophie Garbin will turn out for her new club, Collingwood, with the Magpies expected to be genuine finals hopes this season.
Hannah Mundy’s Melbourne Vixens are determined to make history and challenge for the title after finishing as wooden spooners last year.
Tickets for individual sessions on Friday night, Saturday morning and afternoon and Sunday are available from Ticketek, as well as passes to all four sessions of action.
Fans are being encouraged to show their colours while for those unable to make the event live, matches will be shown live and in full on Foxtel, Kayo and Kayo freebies.
Netball Australia and the Foxtel Group announced a groundbreaking five-year broadcast and digital rights contract early in 2021, which will see every Super Netball match shown live and ad-break free during play on Foxtel and Kayo.
Fox Sports executive director Steve Crawley said the network had worked hard on innovations to bring the feel and sound of the game to life.
“Netball has been part of our lives and now we get the chance to showcase the game for the first time in prime time,” Crawley said.
“It’s a challenge everyone at Fox Sports is up for.”
The Super Netball deal continues Fox Sports’ support of women’s sport, with the group bringing 2.4 million subscribers across Foxtel and Kayo to watch women compete across 19 different codes.
Fans have already had a taste of the type of coverage available under the deal, which runs from 2022 to 2026, with the recent Quad Series broadcast in its entirety on the network.