TEN Sports to broadcast Hyundai A-League

08 May,2014

By a correspondent

 

TEN Sports has signed a three-year deal to broadcast the Hyundai A-League, Australia’s premier football league from 2014/15 to 2016/17.

 

The league which is run by the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) has 10 teams, 9 from Australia and one from New Zealand. Ten Sports will showcase 86 matches per season including the five games of the Final Series playoffs. TEN Sports will also broadcast weekly highlights of the league and 10 games of the FFA Cup for each of the three seasons.

 

World Sport Group, who distribute the Hyundai A-League and FFA Cup worldwide on behalf of the FFA, brokered the TEN Sports deal.

 

Rajesh Sethi, CEO, TEN Sports said, “At TEN Sports we endeavor to give our viewers the best of football action from across the globe and we are proud to add the A-League and the FFA Cup to our bouquet of premier football content. Australian football has grown leaps and bounds and offers to TEN Sports & TEN Action a different dimension to our existing portfolio. This world class football programming will be available live during the day time on weekends.”

 

Each season of the Hyundai A-League runs from October to April and includes a 27-round regular season with an end-of-season finals series playoff tournament involving the highest-placed teams, culminating in the Grand Final. Winners from the A-League qualify for the AFC Champions League which is the UEFA Champions League equivalent in Asia. The League allows each team to have a marquee player and this has led to stars like Alessandro Del Piero, Shinji Ono and Emile Heskey showcasing their skills in this fast-growing league.

 

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