While the FFA already signed a $346 million broadcast deal with Fox Sports, it’s still looking to sign a free to air deal. The bidding for the football rights started earlier this year, and ABC is likely the front runner. The other four networks failed to bid.
According to the Australian Financial Review, ABC is in the lead to get the commercial free-to-air Football Federation Australia A-League and Socceroos matches. The network is currently in talks with the federation and the outcome looks positive. That’s mostly because, according to the same source, Network Ten, Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment and SBS didn’t take part in the formal bidding process. SBS currently holds the rights.
Moreover, despite the absence of these four networks from negotiations, reports indicate there have been multiple bids. That likely means that Telstra could be interested in acquiring the streaming rights.
The FFA already signed a $346 million six-year broadcast deal with Fox Sports at the end of 2016. Under the deal, Fox Sports will show all A-League games live and maintain rights to Socceroos and Matildas matches. Back then, FFA announced it was planning to sell one Saturday night match to a free-to-air television partner. If a deal was not achieved with a free-to-air broadcaster, Fox Sports would take the Saturday night match as well.
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