FOX Footy

Former Fremantle Docker captain and all-Australian representative, Matthew Pavlich, has joined the on-air team at FOX Footy.

“I felt a lot of fulfilment after 17 years of playing AFL and now I’m ready to pursue the next chapter of my career. I’m really excited to be part of FOX Footy and their coverage this season.”

“I’m ready to get stuck into my commentary role and work alongside some of the most experienced commentators and former players in the industry, whilst covering the game I love.”

General Manager FOX Footy, Michael Neill, said:

“Matthew Pavlich is one of our game’s greatest competitors, a loyal and stoic modern-day champion who AFL fans loved to watch. His passion and leadership shone through on the footy field and we know he’ll bring those same qualities to his commentary.

“Pav will bring our West Australian fans even greater insight and analysis into their clubs, whilst offering a wealth of wisdom and understanding of what the modern AFL player goes through.”

He commences with coverage of the JLT Community Series, beginning Thursday 16 February.

The inaugural AFL Women’s League will see a brand new female competition begin on 3 February, with all 28 matches LIVE on FOX FOOTY. The eight team competition will see sevenn Rounds played across February and March, with the Grand Final scheduled for Saturday 25 March.

Kelli Underwood and Neroli Meadows will headline the expert team, calling all the action for the highly anticipated AFLW season.

Fox Footy unveils new shows and fan-favourite stars in 2020

‘PREMIERSHIPS AND FOOTY TRIPS’ AND ‘NARROW WORLD OF SPORTS’ HEADLINE THE SHOW LINEUP

GOGGLEBOX’S ADAM AND SYMON PREPARE TO BRING FANS THEIR FOOTY HEROES’ MOST FAMOUS STORIES

NICK RIEWOLDT JOINS ‘ON THE COUCH’

SELECT GAMES AVAILABLE IN 4K ULTRA HD

Fox Footy

Foxtel today unveiled FOX FOOTY ’s full expert team, show and game day coverage, including every game of every round, plus all finals games leading into the Grand Final, LIVE in HD and ad-break free during play. FOX FOOTY will deliver even more entertainment and footy analysis in 2020, announcing two new shows and all new technology, bringing fans closer to the game than ever before.

Foxtel’s dedicated 24/7 AFL channel FOX FOOTY will also prepare for even more access to past and present footy heroes, with new shows Premierships and Footy Trips and Narrow World of Sports joining the popular suite of entertainment shows.

Lounge room favourites Adam and Symon, formerly of Foxtel’s hit show Gogglebox, will host Premierships and Footy Trips – an engaging and fun talk show that reminisces on the glory years. Each week the boys will sit down with a legend of the game, sharing yarns fans have never heard before. North Melbourne legend Glenn Archer is first off the rank, with a plan to bring back memories of footy life in the ‘90s.

As diehard armchair fans of the game, we can’t wait to dig deep into the myths and rumours we’ve heard at the pub and club, but haven’t been able to confirm or deny. Until now… ”, Adam and Symon said.

Sporty comedians, James ‘The Professor’ Rochford and Andrew ‘Barney’ Barnett , will bring a hilarious view of today’s game, with the best access to current players including Dustin Martin , Jordan de Goey and Stephen Coniglio . Each Friday night after Friday Night Footy on FOX , the duo will be joined by a special guest player for a chat and a challenge that is sure to have viewers in stitches.

Led by Eddie McGuire and Sarah Jones , FOX FOOTY’S weekend of live action begins before the first siren sounds every round and continues until the locker rooms are empty on a Sunday.

FOX FOOTY will produce select games for Foxtel throughout the 2020 season in 4K Ultra HD, providing fans with a stadium like viewing experience. These matches will air exclusively LIVE and ad-break free during play on FOX SPORTS Ultra HD for eligible sports subscribers.

In 2020 and for the first time ever, every coach will join Gerard Whateley and Mark Robinson and the AFL 360 team on Monday nights. Newly-appointed Melbourne captain Max Gawn , Carlton cult figure Eddie Betts , Richmond star Jack Riewoldt and Collingwood gun Adam Treloa r will feature on Players Night on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, the legends are back, with Shinboner David King and Big Blue Mark ‘Sellars’ Maclure prepare to debate and unpack the biggest stories of the round.

On The Couch on Mondays after AFL 360 returns with a new-look star-studded team lead by Gerard Healy . Healy, Garry Lyon and Jonathan Brown will be joined by former Saint, Nick Riewoldt to dissect the weekend gone and the week ahead.

Mike Sheahan returns for another season of Open Mike on Tuesday evenings. The doyen of footy media will chat to the game’s biggest names before handing over to Bob Murphy in July for his show, Bob . Murphy will join a famous sports fan in their own environment before passing back to Sheahan to close the season.

In 2020, Saturday Stretch after Saturday Footy on FOX will round out the night for footy fans. Hosted by Dermott Brereton , Brad Johnson and Sarah Olle the fun trio will provide the best wrap of the biggest day in footy.

Bounce host Jason Dunstall will aim to keep funsters Andrew Gaze , Cameron Mooney , Sharni Layton and Bernie Vince in check. It will be their return to television since the passing of their great friend Danny ‘Spud’ Frawley .

Televised podcast show, The First Crack , will beat everyone else to the finish line Sunday after Bounce . The revolving panel of three will offer fans their first fix on all games and stories played out in the round that just was.

FOX FOOTY is the home of AFL. Every game, every round live, ad-break free and in HD; the biggest and best team of commentators and coverage that takes fans closer to the action.

FOX FOOTY’s unrivalled commentary team includes the biggest names in the business: Adam Papalia, Alastair Lynch, Andrew Gaze, Anthony Hudson, Ben Dixon, Bernie Vince, Bob Murphy, Brad Johnson, Brenton Speed, Cameron Mooney, David King, Dermott Brereton, Dwayne Russell, Eddie McGuire, Garry Lyon, Gerard Healy, Gerard Whateley, Jason Dunstall, Jon Ralph, Jonathan Brown, Jordan Lewis, Katherine Loughnan, Kelli Underwood, Leigh Montagna, Mark Ricciuto, Mark Robinson, Matthew Pavlich, Mike Sheahan, Nick Dal Santo, Nick Riewoldt, Sarah Jones, Sarah Olle, Sharni Layton, Tom Morris

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FOX FOOTY WEEKLY SCHEDULE FOX FOOTY, Channel 504 on Foxtel

MONDAY

AFL Tonight 7pm

AFL 360 at 7.30pm

On The Couch at 8.30pm

TUESDAY

AFL Tonight 7pm

AFL 360 7.30pm

Open Mike / Bob 8.30pm (middle of year) 8.30pm

WEDNESDAY

AFL Tonight 7pm

AFL 360 7.30pm

Footy Trips and Premierships 8.30pm

THURSDAY

Thursday Night Footy on FOX (game)

FRIDAY

AFL Tonight 7pm

Friday Night Footy on FOX (game)

Narrow World of Sports (after the footy)

SATURDAY

Super Saturday (games)

Saturday Stretch (after the footy)

SUNDAY

Sunday Footy on FOX (games)

Bounce (after the footy)

The First Crack (after Bounce )

FOXTEL AND TELSTRA EXTEND PARTNERSHIP WITH AFL FOR 2023 – 2024 SEASONS

The AFL has today announced a new agreement with Foxtel and Telstra, which will see both companies extend their rights agreement through the 2024 season.

The deal, signed and completed today, will result in a massive boost for sports fans and event-goers at Marvel Stadium with Telstra and the AFL coming together in a partnership that will ambitiously see the venue become one of the world’s most technologically connected and innovative sports and entertainment venues, along with a testing bed for Telstra 5G innovation.

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan said the new extended broadcast deal, along with the Seven Network’s extension for the 2023-2024 seasons announced earlier this year, would deliver $946 million to the AFL industry over the two years.

He said the extended partnership with Foxtel and Telstra was a huge vote of confidence in the ongoing strength of the game and its future.

“After a challenging year, this is a great way to finish off 2020 and is a massive vote of confidence in the AFL, our players and our code at all levels. It provides greater financial certainty in the years ahead, ensures our fans continue to have the ability to watch men’s and women’s footy wherever they are.” Mr McLachlan said.

“We have made a commitment to make Marvel Stadium one of the best sports and entertainment destinations in the world and our partnership with Telstra only enhances our ability to deliver this by providing fans a digitally-connected and technologically innovative fan-friendly experience.

“This extension with Foxtel and Telstra, along with the extension we signed with the Seven Network earlier this year, ensures that we are able to not only re-build our game but take it to more and more people.

“Every business, every sport, every community has felt the fallout of this global Covid-19 pandemic and our partnerships announced today help provide us with the security and confidence to continue to diligently and strategically re-build the football community.

“I want to thank Foxtel and Telstra for their support of our game and for backing us, just like the Seven Network did who extended earlier this year. I thank them all for their support and for backing us in for an extension in what has been a challenging year.

“We have the best game in the world and we continue to attract and retain the best partners in world sports.

“Fox, Telstra and Channel Seven’s long-term partnerships exposes our game to the biggest audience in the country and brings footy fans the very best content – on demand – wherever and whenever they need via television, streaming and digital.”

Under the extended agreement:

  • Foxtel will extend its coverage of AFL to cover the 2023 and 2024 Toyota AFL Premiership seasons and the NAB AFLW seasons with all games during the home and away season shown live.
  • Foxtel will continue to broadcast all Premiership Season matches live on subscription television and digital platforms (Kayo, Foxtel Go, Foxtel Now) in 2023-24, as well as having replay and highlight rights.
  • Telstra continues its partnership through the 2023 and 2024 seasons, with highlight, replay and on demand rights while increasing their investment in sponsorship assets.
  • Telstra will become Marvel Stadium’s official technology and innovation partner over the next four years, ensuring the revamped Marvel Stadium offers supporters the best digital experience of any stadium or entertainment venue in the country and ensuring supporters have the technology to connect them to the game they love.
  • Telstra technology and connectivity will be deployed at Marvel over the next few years including fixed and 4G/5G networks upgrades, Artificial Intelligence, and mixed reality and edge computing. From booking a seat to parking to engaging with the game, attendees will soon be able to experience a new stadium experience before, during, and after they attend the game.
  • Telstra will also expand its visual sponsorship elements such as on-field Telstra 5G signage, and continue the development of the AFL’s digital assets such as afl.com.au, club websites and the AFL Official LIVE App. The updated sponsorship also deepens Telstra’s connections to AFL Clubs and extends the agreement with the AFL Players Association that engages all listed players as ambassadors for use in social marketing campaigns and other initiatives.

Mr McLachlan said the extension was a good outcome for football and also for football supporters – particularly fans attending Marvel Stadium which would hit new heights for a digital sporting experience attending AFL and AFLW games. Fans of all sports and entertainment events at the stadium would benefit.

He thanked Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany and Telstra CEO Andy Penn for their ongoing support of the game and also thanked AFL supporters who had stayed with the game during 2020, with gross TV audiences of 77 million watching the 2020 home and away season – a 15 per cent increase on 2019 but it included a staggering 32 per cent increase in Brisbane audience and 20 per cent across Queensland.

“This is a great result for our game. Both Foxtel and Telstra have been long-term partners of the AFL along with the Seven Network and we are fortunate that all our broadcast partners love our game as much as our supporters and are constantly working to improve the viewer experience and to expand our game to new audiences.

“They have stood with us in challenging times and continue to stand with us and we are excited by the experience we can provide our supporters on TV, on devices and in stadium – we will continue to innovate and lead.

Foxtel Group CEO Patrick Delany:

“This extension to our long-term relationship with the AFL confirms the Foxtel Group as the go-to destination for footy fans with every game of every round live and ad-free during play.

“After a roller-coaster ride through 2020, this is a great end to the year. More fans watched footy on Foxtel and Kayo in 2020 than ever before, and the depth and breadth of our sports offering saw us grow to have more sports subscribers than at any time in our 25-year history. We are already planning an exciting start to the 2021 footy season, which is less than three months away.

“On behalf of the Foxtel Group, I want to acknowledge Gillon McLachlan and the AFL team for the goodwill that’s been a hallmark of our relationship. We are incredibly pleased by the continued commitment to footy by our long-term strategic partner Telstra, under the leadership of Andy Penn. It’s also exciting to hear about the innovation that Telstra and the AFL will bring to the game and fans as part of today’s announcement.”

Telstra CEO Andy Penn said:

“Since 2002, we have been proud of our partnership with the AFL which has always been about using technology to help Aussies watch and enjoy the game at home or on the go,” said Andrew Penn, CEO of Telstra. “We have been deeply committed to keeping up our support for the AFL and it’s pleasing to see Foxtel, our long-standing strategic partner, support the AFL and extend their rights deal for another two years. We will continue to work with the AFL, Foxtel and our other partners on how we continue to bring exclusive streaming rights and experiences to Telstra customers, and we have some exciting plans in this regard that we will announce in the new year.”

“Telstra is delighted to be able to deepen our support of the AFL through extending our sponsorships, leveraging our industry leadership in 5G and other exciting technologies such as mixed reality, as well as becoming Marvel Stadium’s official technology and innovation partner to enhance the experience for fans. We’re really excited about the potential future stadium experiences that can be delivered for fans through Telstra 5G and other technologies.”

Mr McLachlan also thanked the 18 AFL clubs and all players and staff members who had worked hard to ensure the football season continued for supporters.

“We have the most loyal and passionate supporters who continued to maintain memberships and watched their teams play and stayed engaged throughout the year which was an enormous boost to our clubs and our players. I want to thank them and also the players and staff who ensured that the season went ahead,” he said.

“We are excited about next year; we are excited by the years ahead and we are excited to work with our partners to ensure our supporters continue to have the best coverage of the game wherever they are and however they choose to watch.”