FOX SPORTS is going to greater lengths than ever before to deliver LIVE sport to Aussie fans. This weekend Australia’s Sports Leader will provide LIVE outside broadcasts of a record 21 matches from 10 different cities across the nation, incorporating over 51 hours of LIVE match coverage.
With all four of the country’s major football codes in action, the record 21 LIVE outside broadcasts from Friday to Monday will include seven from the NRL’s Telstra Premiership and Toyota Cup competitions, six from the AFL’s NAB Cup, five from the Hyundai A-League, and three from FxPro Super Rugby.
The LIVE broadcasts, which will screen in High Definition across FOX SPORTS 1, 2 and 3, and the FOX FOOTY channel, will emanate from 10 cities across the country, including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Geelong, and Ballarat.
FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said the extraordinary scheduling has stretched the company’s resources like never before and reinforces its commitment to LIVE sport. “This is going to be the biggest weekend of LIVE sport we’ve ever covered at FOX SPORTS,” he said.
“We’ll be producing over 51 hours of LIVE programming locally, coming from everywhere from North Ballarat to Perth, and from multiple venues within Sydney and Melbourne. We’ve had to source over 600 crew to get us through what will be the biggest weekend of the year for LIVE sport nationally with all four football codes in full swing.”
“We’ve got some outstanding contests in the mix. The NAB Cup is getting to the pointy end as teams push for a Grand Final berth next weekend and we’ve got a slate of huge NRL clashes including the Bulldogs against the Dragons on Saturday night. Star Wallaby Kurtley Beale runs out in Rebels colours for the first time against the defending Super Rugby champions, and the A-League rivalry between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory is as good as you’ll find in any code.”
“It once again emphasises the breadth and quality of LIVE sport we provide and why FOX SPORTS is a must-have for fans of any code,” said Delany.
The LIVE action gets underway at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium from 6pm AEDT tomorrow when Essendon host Sydney Swans in the third round of the NAB Cup. The 21st and final LIVE broadcast for the weekend will feature the Eels against last year’s Grand Finalists the Warriors in the Round 2 NRL Monday Night Football clash from Parramatta Stadium.
Ed Smith, Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, FOXTEL, said: “FOXTEL customers want their sport live, in real high definition and with no ads interrupting the thrill and emotion during play. FOX SPORTS delivers on all three fronts like no other TV experience in Australia, they are truly world class and this weekend is proof positive.”