SANFL has extended its broadcast partnership with Channel Seven, ensuring that a SANFL Statewide Super League game of the week will be televised live until the end of 2021.
SANFL CEO Jake Parkinson said the commitment from Seven was testimony to the strength of the 10-team Statewide Super League competition and South Australian footy fans’ support and passion for the SANFL competition.
“Importantly the Channel Seven broadcast provides an opportunity for all SANFL fans to be engaged with our State League competition, with at least two televised matches for all teams throughout the season,” Mr Parkinson said.
The 2018 SANFL season culminated in the Grand Final averaging 112,750 viewers across the broadcast on Channel 7, representing a market share of 60 per cent.
“We’re thrilled to extend our broadcast agreement with the SANFL, headlined by two of the best callers in the business, Mark Soderstrom and John Casey,” said Seven Adelaide General Manager Andy Kay.
“Seven’s sporting schedule is first class, with cricket and the Tour Down Under recently added to a stable already including AFL, racing, golf and Olympics. To have the SANFL coverage continue on Australia’s home of sport, the Seven Network, is something we’re very proud of.”
Highlights of the 2019 SANFL telecast schedule include regular finalists Sturt and the Eagles squaring off in Round 2 while traditional rivals Norwood and Port Adelaide will do battle in Round 10.
Regional South Australia will be showcased in Round 13 when Adelaide confronts Port Adelaide in a SANFL Showdown at Port Pirie’s redeveloped Oval.
All finals at Adelaide Oval will be telecast on Channel Seven while the conclusion of the minor round has been left unscheduled to allow for greater flexibility close to the finals series.
”In conjunction with Channel Seven and with club support, we have introduced increased flexibility with the broadcast schedule whereby the final three telecast matches will be programmed later in the year to allow assessment of club form and ladder position in order to select the most appealing match for viewers,” Mr Parkinson said.