Australian pay-TV broadcaster Fox Sports has agreed a three-year deal with Basketball Australia, the governing body for the sport in the country, to secure rights for the domestic Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL).
The agreement sees the eight-team competition return to television following a two-year hiatus, after public-service broadcaster ABC opted to end its long-running coverage in 2015.
The broadcast package allows Fox Sports to provide live coverage of 23 games during the 2017/18 season, along with the WNBL’s season-ending semi-finals and grand final, which will be contested over a best-of-three series. The contract will run until the end of the 2019/20 campaign.
Sally Phillips, head of the WNBL, said: “After a two-year absence from TV, the league is thrilled that Fox Sports will provide us with a platform to showcase Australia’s longest running elite female competition.”
“This is a truly great day for the WNBL,” added Anthony Moore, chief executive of Basketball Australia. “We are absolutely delighted to partner with Fox Sports and the vote of confidence to commit to be our exclusive broadcast partner is overwhelming.”
“We are so thrilled with our engagement in basketball and our WNBL deal,” said Patrick Delany, chief executive of Fox Sports Australia. “It is a fabulous partnership and we are very proud to have it on air.”
The 2017/18 WNBL will be the league’s 38th edition, and gets underway on 5th October before concluding in January 2018.