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WNBL back on FTA TV with SBS to simulcast nine Fox Sports games

10 September 2018 2:00 PM
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SBS will simulcast nine Saturday 3pm games live and also live-stream them via SBS On Demand and the SBS Sport website.

This season, Fox Sports will continue to broadcast and stream one game a week and also show all finals games live and ad-free.

Head of the WNBL, Sally Phillips, said the addition of SBS was a win for the league, which is entering its 38th season.

“I know I speak on behalf of all WNBL fans when I say that this is a truly great day for Australian women’s basketball,” Phillips said.

“With Fox Sports and SBS joining forces, it will ensure that the league will receive more exposure than ever before.”

Phillips also praised Fox Sports for working closely with SBS and she hopes the arrangement can continue beyond this season.

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“It’s all about building that relationship and the feedback from SBS has been on the same lines as Fox Sports – they want to bring more Australian women’s sport free and live across the country,” Phillips said.

“So we hope to build that relationship with them so this can happen into the future.”

SBS Director of Sport Ken Shipp said this was the first time the broadcaster would show WNBL games.

“This is SBS’s first time broadcasting the WNBL, and continues SBS’s commitment to making the best of domestic sport accessible to all Australians, as well as raising the profile of women’s elite sport,” Shipp said.

“This partnership with Basketball Australia and Fox Sports allows SBS to bring the WNBL to all Australians live, free and in HD.

“Basketball’s popularity continues to rise in Australia, it has an amazing ability to bring together diverse communities through the game.”

The WNBL season tips off on October 12 with reigning champions Townsville Fire looking to win back-to-back titles.

The first Fox/SBS game will be Perth Lynx hosting Adelaide Lightning in Perth on October 13 at 3pm AEST.

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Source: brisbanetimes.com.au

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