FFA set for A$160m domestic rights deal

Football Federation Australia, football’s governing body in Australia, is set to announce a four-year domestic rights deal, from 2013-14 to 2016-17, with pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports Australia and public-service broadcaster SBS, according to the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

The deal is reported to be worth A$160 million (€131.9 million/$165.2 million) over four years, with Fox Sports paying about $32 million per year and SBS paying $7 million per year.

Fox Sports’ rights would include live coverage of five weekly games from the A-League, Australia’s top football league, plus the national team’s Fifa World Cup 2018 qualifiers.

SBS would broadcast one A-League game per week and would show World Cup qualifiers on a one-hour delay.

The deal officially begins on July 1, 2013, but, as part of the agreement, SBS would be allowed to show Australia’s four World Cup ualifiers before that date against Oman, Japan, Jordan and Iraq on a one-hour delay.