AFL Broadcasting rights negotiations near full time

  UPDATE If reports are to be believed inFairfax andNews Limited newspapers, we are only days away from the announcement of a new AFL broadcasting deal for 2012 to 2016. The consensus appears to be that Seven will be the free-to-air victor in contract negotiations, whilst Foxtel is all but guaranteed the subscription rights. Doubt… Continue reading AFL Broadcasting rights negotiations near full time

‘Golf Channel on NBC’. A lesson for Australian Broadcasters?

Many of you watching One HD”s coverage of the Accenture World Match Play Golf Championship over the weekend may have noticed a change to the Golf Channel’s usual coverage. Golf fans in Australia and around the world would be familiar with PGA Tour events having the first two rounds branded with Golf Channel graphics and… Continue reading ‘Golf Channel on NBC’. A lesson for Australian Broadcasters?

Game, Set and Match for Online Sport

Sports fans are hungry for information. In the Australian market there are numerous dedicated sporting websites including www.foxsports.com.au, the newly launched www.onehd.com.au and www.sportal.com.au, just to name a few. Whilst the advertising dollar remains focussed on television and government media regulation for sport continues to leave online policy out of the fold (as seen with… Continue reading Game, Set and Match for Online Sport

“Content is not just king, it is the emperor” – 2010 Review

News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch said earlier this year that “content is not just king, it is the emperor of all things electronic. Clever technology is merely an empty vessel without any great content.”

Seven and Fox Sports play doubles!

This year the Seven Network and Premier Media Group’s Fox Sports could not reach an agreement to share the broadcast rights for the Australian Open tennis. However in good news for tennis fans, Seven today announced that it has signed a deal which will see Seven and Fox Sports share coverage of the Australian Open… Continue reading Seven and Fox Sports play doubles!

Sports broadcasting in Australia is set to change

On the eve of the AFL and NRL Grand Finals more news is trickling out about the possible reforms to the Anti-siphnoning regime before the expiry of the current Anti-siphoning list at the end of this year. Both the Australian newspaper and the SMH this week have reported that new Anti-siphoning rules are on the… Continue reading Sports broadcasting in Australia is set to change

Writing on the wall for Senator Conroy over anti-siphoning

Saturday night’s French Open Women’s Final featuring Australia’s Samantha Stosur was a late addition to Nine’s schedule but a bit of programming genius. The broadcast averaged 1.1 million viewers nationally (not bad for a 10:45pm start time and around 1am finish) for the network. Comparatively over at Fox Sports, their coverage of the final (Nine… Continue reading Writing on the wall for Senator Conroy over anti-siphoning

Melbourne Storm’s actions leave News Limited dismayed!

Editorial comment: Only a few hours ago did news break of one of the greatest sporting scandals in living memory. The Melbourne Storm’s $1.7 million salary cap breaches over the last five years has left the NRL with another scandal and significant damage to the brand in Melbourne, which may be irreparable. There was no… Continue reading Melbourne Storm’s actions leave News Limited dismayed!

Nine’s Wide World of Delayed Sports!

Yesterday I woke up and turned on Channel Nine hoping to find the US Men’s Tennis Open Final but instead I found the Today show. I thought is it raining in New York or has Nine decided that its breakfast show is more important? I turned on my Austar box and went to Fox… Continue reading Nine’s Wide World of Delayed Sports!