Netball Australia is "on the verge" of announcing a TV deal for this year's ANZ Championship, according to Warren Partland of THE ADVERTISER. NA CEO Kate Palmer said that negotiations "were being finalised" and she expected to make an announcement this week. The sport has been "forced to chase" a new TV partner after Channel 10 ended its four-year association at the end of last season in July. Fox Sport telecast the int'l series last year and is "tipped to provide coverage" of the ANZ Championship starting on March 24. Palmer said, "We have been in discussions since Ten let us know they would not be continuing. But all the major broadcast deals were being done, and we are on the end of the line. The lesson for netball is not to do netball broadcast deals when the big sports are doing that" (THE ADVERTISER, 2/6).
The Premier League announced that Canal+ Cyfrowy Poland has been awarded exclusive audio-visual broadcast rights for all 380 Premier League matches a season for seasons '13-14 through '15-16 in Poland (EPL). ... Arsenal has relaunched its website, www.arsenal.com, with a range of developments designed to make it easier for fans to learn the club's latest news. The website works across desktop, tablet and mobile devices (Arsenal). ... ESPN STAR Sports, the official broadcaster of Hero Hockey India League, has lined up global syndication partners for showcasing the inaugural field hockey league in more than 83 territories worldwide. Among the int'l partners are Fox Sports for Australia, Sky Sports for New Zealand, and Ten Sports in Pakistan, Southeast Asia and the MENA region (Indian BUSINESS STANDARD, 2/5).