Netball will soon be broadcast on free to air television, with Netball Australia and Nine Entertainment signing an historic five-year broadcast rights agreement.
The deal kicks in in 2017 and includes a Saturday night live double-header, as well as two games to be broadcast in delay.
Telstra is also in the mix, agreeing to show two games a via Telstra TV.
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All will be available live on a “Netball Live” mobile app.
Former Australian Netball Captain Sharelle McMahon told Channel Nine on Friday “it’s a huge day for Netball, incredibly exciting, live on free to air in prime time and it’s just so great”.
“For me this deal will just create a lot of great opportunities for Netball at all levels, but at the elite level they are such great athletes but this will bring them into an even more professional era and a more professional environment so they’re only going to get stronger and faster and quicker and more exciting to watch” Ms McMahon said.
She added the first game will go live through this deal in late October, it’s actually the fast five Netball World Netball series to be held in Melbourne and it’s kind of a 20-20 Cricket version of Netball, it’s a quickie game, less players a bit of modified rules.
“But the main competition will start in February next year with three more teams added to the five existing Australian teams so an eight team competition” she finished.
One of the new teams will be based on the Sunshine Coast.
Nine will also split the revenue for broadcast television advertising spots sold during the games.