Australian Netball Reaches Late TV Broadcast Agreement For Trans Tasman League
The Trans Tasman Netball League has "finally netted a modest broadcast deal in Australia, but it will fall well short of the bonanza netball bosses were counting on when the competition was conceived," according to Dana Johannsen of the NEW ZEALAND HERALD. Less than a week out from the start of the sixth season of the ANZ Championship, Netball Australia is "yet to confirm details of this year's coverage across the Tasman," after former rights holders Channel Ten ditched the competition last season as it did not regard netball to be a "premium and significant sport." Netball Australia has been promising an announcement on a new broadcast deal "is imminent for more than a month," but as of late Monday night nothing had been officially released. It looks as though the league "will retain a free-to-air presence on SBS, showing one live match each weekend," while its broadcast partners Fox Sports will pick up the balance (NZH, 3/19).