FOX Sports will air Live coverage of Netball Australia’s international season, after TEN opted not to continue its association.
The Diamonds’ three-match series against New Zealand, starting with the first test in Melbourne on September 16, and quad series will be telecast live and available on mobile, online and tablet devices via Telstra. ABC Grandstand is also providing a live digital coverage.
Last year fans were fuming over netball internationals delayed by more than 24 hours on TEN.
Netball Australia chief executive Kate Palmer, ‘’I’m delighted that netball fans around the country will be able to view matches live.
‘’It was always going to be a challenge to ensure that this years Holden Netball Test Series would be broadcast while we are in the process of negotiating a longer term deal that aligns the ANZ Championship and our international series,” she told News Limited.
Netball Australia is currently negotiating a new deal with rumours FOX Sports and Channel 9 will share the coverage.
FOX Sports has partnered with Netball Australia to ensure netball fans across the country are able to watch every match of this year’s Holden Netball Test Series LIVE.
The world’s best netballers return to FOX Sports following a deal with Netball Australia to broadcast the Australian Diamonds’ upcoming Constellation Cup Series along with the international Quad Series in October.
The Diamonds will embark on a three-Test series against arch rivals New Zealand beginning this Sunday (September 16) in Melbourne, before crossing the Tasman to play the final two Tests on September 20 and 23.
Kicking off in October, the Quad Series will feature four of the world’s best teams competing in the sport’s toughest international arena. Australia will take on New Zealand, England and South Africa in the series which will feature six double headers played across Australia and New Zealand.
FOX Sports will provide Australian television’s only LIVE broadcast of both the Constellation Cup and international Quad Series.
FOX Sports CEO Patrick Delany said: “It’s great that we can provide a platform to showcase one of Australia’s most popular sports to fans across the country.
“The upcoming Holden Netball Test Series will showcase our national team, and current world champions, competing against the world’s best players, ensuring compelling and entertaining viewing,” Mr Delany added.
With 185 Test caps between them, former Australian representatives Liz Ellis and Keeley Devery will provide expert analysis as part of the commentary team for both series.
Netball Australia CEO Kate Palmer said: “The partnership with FOX Sports is a fantastic outcome for the sport and we are thrilled that netball fans will get to see every match live.
“It’s also great to see some former Australian internationals bringing their expert insight and analysis to FOX Sports’ coverage of the Holden Netball Test Series.”
FOX Sports’ LIVE coverage will begin this Sunday at 2.00pm AEST when the Diamonds line up against the Silver Ferns at Hisense Arena in Melbourne for the first of the three-Test Constellation Cup series.
FOX Sports’ LIVE Broadcast Schedule – 2012 Constellation Cup
Australia v New Zealand
Test1: Sun 16 Sep, LIVE at 2.00pm on FOX Sports 2HD and FOX Sports 2
Test 2: Thu 20 Sep, LIVE at 5.30pm on FOX Sports 3HD and FOX Sports 3
Test 3: Sun 23 Sep, LIVE at 5.30pm on FOX Sports 1HD and FOX Sports 1
*All times in AEST
Broadcast details for the 2012 Quad Series will be provided closer to the start of competition.