With the 40th season of the WNBL set to tip-off this weekend, Basketball Australia have today announced the television broadcast arrangements.
For the third consecutive year, Fox Sports Australia will provide pay television coverage of Australia’s longest running professional women’s sporting league, broadcasting one game each week.
In addition, for the first time every WNBL game will be available live on either Fox Sports (including Kayo) or the league’s new live streaming service available via the WNBL website.
“It’s an exciting time for women in basketball and we expect the momentum to continue to push our league into the future,” shared Basketball Australia’s Head of Women in Basketball, Lauren Jackson in a statement.
“It’s fantastic that all of our games are going to be seen and accessible. We have an incredible season coming up and we expect our Aussies to be in fine form, as well as our import players who are coming off successful WNBA seasons.”
The league has reported that the live streaming will be trialed through the first two rounds of the season, with only select games being made available. All going well, the WNBL expect that every game will be live streamed by the commencement of round three.
The WNBL returned to free to air television via SBS last season for the first time since the 2014/15 season. The games were simulcast via Fox Sports due to an existing agreement with the pay television network.
While the NBL, NBA and WNBA will feature on both ESPN and SBS (including SBS On Demand) throughout the 2019/20 season, the WNBL will only be available via Fox Sports via pay television provider Foxtel and the WNBL website’s new live streaming service.
The opening game of the 2019/20 WNBL season is on Friday, 11 October between Adelaide and Sydney Uni, while the first Fox Sports broadcast game is on Sunday, 13 October from 3pm AEST in a game between the University of Canberra and Adelaide.
Full fixture and Fox Sports broadcast details can be found here