Foxtel revises AFL deal

AFL & Foxtel reach agreement on 2020 - 2022 games, but is yet to sign any extension.

The AFL has announced it has reached agreement with its broadcast partners, Seven Network and Foxtel, on a revised arrangement for the 2020-2022 seasons as well as signing a two-year rights extension for the Seven Network to 2024.

But Foxtel is yet to sign a similar extension. There are reports it will save around $90m under the revised deal.

CEO Gillon McLachlan also thanked Foxtel Group CEO Patrick Delaney for their support of the game.

Patrick Delany said: “It’s been a long road back for footy and working through the impact of COVID-19 on the game has been tough for everyone involved – fans, players, clubs and the AFL and its broadcast partners. We have a great long-term partnership with the AFL and we are incredibly pleased to be in a position to have footy back on Foxtel from tonight, every game, every round, every game live and ad free during play.

“Broadcasters have a special role to play during these times in bringing the game to fans. Last night’s Richmond-Collingwood blockbuster at the ‘G would normally be played in front of up to 90,000 fans. For FOX Sports produced games later in the round, we are continuing our history of innovation to bring some of the special atmosphere of games to life for viewers. We are also continuing our investment in live pre and post-game coverage, and live shows such as AFL 360, On the Couch and Bounce that ensure Foxtel is the go to place for all footy action, all in one place.”

The Telstra arrangement remains unchanged.

6 Responses

  1. Any idea if Foxtel have released a list of the games they will be broadcasting in 4K? They did last year, and I’ve tried a couple of times to ask but no response from them. Does make a huge difference when you’re paying extra for the IQ4 and was nice to see 3 games live in 4K over the weekend in Round 2 (the Foxtel produced games), but nearly every program on the UHD sports channel is a replay of something from 2019 even when there is live sport on.

  2. Let’s hope they fix the agreement so that the foxtel streaming through Kayo and FoxtelNow have to take the channel 7 feed if it’s a 7 broadcast game, ridiculous they can’t stream to their customers the foxtel feed which excludes ads.

      1. Haven’t they been doing that for a long time now? Even when they were broadcasting with 10,7 as well? I wonder why they haven’t asked about this issue before, like the previous broadcast deals. They are currently doing it with most of the big bash matches which 7 is “host broadcasters”

  3. Interesting, I’m sure Mr. Murdoch made an off the cuff comment that the AFL will be a Fox Sports priority just behind its cricket coverage.
    If AFL has to wait for its money the same should happen for cricket and the NRL too.
    Everything could be on the table for the future of sports broadcasting if Foxtel’s fortunes don’t pick up in the next year.

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