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.