Jets applaud TV deal

“Confirmation of the broadcast deal is another positive step forward for our game,” Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said.

The Newcastle Jets applaud the new $160 million broadcasting deal that will provide unprecedented coverage and audience reach for the A-League and Socceroos.

The four-year agreements with partners FOX SPORTS, Foxtel and SBS will offer Australian viewers with comprehensive, world-class coverage on multiple platforms, including subscription TV, free-to-air TV, internet and digital devices.

“Confirmation of the broadcast deal is another positive step forward for our game,” Jets CEO Robbie Middleby said.

“The broadcast arrangement means the Club-s grant now covers the salary cap, which provides for significant stability for the competition.

“From here it is extremely important we get it right; there is a lot more detail to work through and the priority has to be a sustainable competition with the salary cap covered over the four years.”

Commencing from 1 July 2013, the new arrangement will deliver a total value of $160 million to Australian football, broken into $148 million in cash and $12 million marketing support.

The average yearly licence fee negotiated is double the annual fee of the existing broadcast arrangements.

A renewed partnership with FOX SPORTS involving coverage of the Qantas Socceroos and Hyundai A-League is the key pillar of the new arrangements.

• FOX SPORTS will provide exclusively live coverage of all Socceroos matches until 30 June 2017. • FOX SPORTS will continue as the primary broadcaster of Australia-s premier club football competition the Hyundai A-League, providing live coverage of all regular season and finals matches until 30 June 2017. • In addition, FOX SPORTS will be the Australian rights holder of the AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015, broadcasting exclusively live coverage of the 32-match tournament.

“The FFA and the A-League have done a fantastic job and this ensures our game in a strong position going forward,” Middleby added.