Fox League

Fox League is an Australian subscription television channel dedicated to screening rugby league (both domestic and international) matches and related programming. It is owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited and is available throughout Australia on Foxtel. The channel was launched on 27 February 2017.[1]

Fox League
Fox league
Launched27 February 2017
Owned byFox Sports Pty Limited
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
SloganWe're a FOX sporting nation
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish
ReplacedFox Sports 2
Sister channel(s)Fox Sports
Fox Footy
Fox Cricket
Fox Sports News
Availability
Satellite
FoxtelChannel 502 (SD/HD)
Channel 206 (SD)
Cable
FoxtelChannel 502 (SD/HD)
Channel 206 (SD)
Optus TVChannel 502 (SD)
Channel 206 (HD)
IPTV
Foxtel PlayChannel 502
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 502
Kayo SportsChannel 502

History

On 27 November 2015, the Australian Rugby League Commission announced that Fox Sports had secured the rights to air all National Rugby League games excluding the NRL Grand Final live for the 2018-22 seasons.[2] Additionally, it was announced that the current rights agreement had been altered to allow Fox Sports to also have the live rights for all games excluding the Grand Final for the 2016 and 2017 seasons,[3] however, a dedicated yet-to-be-named NRL channel to showcase these rights would not launch until the 2017 season.[2]

In February 2017 it was announced the new channel would be called Fox League and would officially launch on 27 February 2017.[4] Ultimately, Fox League replaced Fox Sports 2 on channel 502.[5][6]

In 2017, the NRL preliminary finals had 418,000 and 407,000 viewers.[7]

Programming

Event coverage

Sports programming on Fox League includes the following:

Special events

News and analysis programming

Fox League airs several studio shows including the programs listed below:

Former programming

Personnel

Network executives announced a number of key hosting personnel at the public launch of the station on 16 February 2017.[11][12]

Network personalities and the media attended the launch for Fox League's 2018 programming slate on 20 February 2018. Further key hosting personnel were announced, in addition to some pre-existing roles from 2017.[13]

Hosts

Thursday Night League[13]

Friday Night Footy[13]

Super Saturday[13]

Sunday Ticket[13]

  • Jess Yates (2017-present)
  • Lara Pitt (2017-present)

Sunday Night with Matty Johns[11][13]

Controversy Corner

NRL 360[11][13]

Big League Wrap[13]

NRL Try Time[13]

The Fan[13]

Queenslanders Only[11][13]

League Life[11][13]

The Greatest[13]

The Late Show with Matty Johns[11][13]

The Professor's Late Hit[11][13]
(previously titled The Professor's Farewell Tour)
(also previously titled The Professor's Second Year Syndrome)

Commentators

NSW Cup

  • Jimmy Smith (play-by-play, special comments) (2012-present)
  • Owen McLeod (play-by-play) (2019-present)
  • Andy Raymond (play-by-play) (2008-present)
  • Brett Kenny (special comments) (2018-present)
  • Emma Lawerence (sideline) (2017-2018)

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Fox Sports NRL channel to push game in Queensland with Suncorp Stadium launch". The Courier Mail. 12 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Knox, David (27 November 2015). "New NRL channel coming as FOX Sports confirms multi-year deal". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  3. ^ Knox, David (27 November 2015). "Nine varies NRL deal, new Thursday night game". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  4. ^ Perry, Kevin (5 February 2017). "Foxtel confirms date for Fox League channel launch". DeciderTV. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  5. ^ PaigeTurner (6 February 2017). "Foxtel combines sport and broadband in new promo bundle". Foxtel. Retrieved 23 February 2017. Fox League will replace Fox Sports 2 on 27 February 2017.
  6. ^ PaigeTurner (16 February 2017). "FOX SPORTS More launches 23 February on channel 507 in HD". Foxtel. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  7. ^ 2017 TV: the final word - TV Tonight, 2 February 2018
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Women take pride of place in new FOX League channel". TV Tonight. 16 February 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Knox, David (17 February 2017). "Fox League: Dedicated rugby league, Channel 502, full season TV schedule". Fox Sports. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Fox League 2017: TV schedule, programs, guide". 16 February 2017.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g "NRL stars, new all-female panel of hosts launch the new dedicated channel Fox League". The Daily Telegraph. 16 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Fox League: The Juicy Details". News.com.au. 16 February 2016.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Fox League Gets Bigger and Better in 2018". Fox Sports. 20 February 2018.

External links

2017 Dally M Awards

The 2017 Dally M Awards was presented on Wednesday 27 September 2017. They are the official annual awards of the National Rugby League and are named after Dally Messenger.

2018 Dally M Awards

The 2018 Dally M Awards was presented on Wednesday 26 September 2018. They are the official annual awards of the National Rugby League and are named after Dally Messenger.

2018 Intrust Super Premiership NSW

The 2018 Intrust Super Premiership NSW season will be the tenth season of the New South Wales Cup, the top rugby league competition administered by the New South Wales Rugby League. The competition acts as a second-tier league to the ten New South Wales-based National Rugby League clubs, as well the Canberra Raiders and New Zealand Warriors. The winner of the Premiership will compete against the winner of the 2018 Queensland Intrust Super Cup in the 2018 NRL State Championship. The Penrith Panthers are the defending champions, following their 20-12 victory against the Wyong Roos in the 2017 grand final.

2019 Canterbury Cup NSW

The 2019 Canterbury Cup NSW season will be the eleventh season of the New South Wales Cup, the top rugby league competition administered by the New South Wales Rugby League. The competition acts as a second-tier league to the ten New South Wales-based National Rugby League clubs, as well the Canberra Raiders and New Zealand Warriors. The winner of the Premiership will compete against the winner of the 2019 Intrust Super Cup QLD in the NRL State Championship.

Andrew Voss

Andrew Voss (born 7 September 1966) is an Australian rugby league commentator who currently works for Fox League.

Voss previously worked for the SKY Network Television as a commentator, and at the Nine Network, including Today, NRL Footy Show, The Sunday Footy Show and The Sunday Roast.

Dally M Medal

The Dally M Medal is awarded each year (annually) to the player voted for as the 'Player of the year' over the National Rugby League (NRL) regular season. The awards are named in honour of former Australian rugby league great Herbert Henry "Dally" Messenger. The award has existed since 1979, but has only been adopted as the official award for the Player of the Year in the NRL since 1998. Prior to that the official Player of the Year, in both the New South Wales and the Brisbane Rugby Leagues, received the Rothmans Medal whilst the Dally M Medal was awarded by the Daily Mirror newspaper.

Emma Freedman

Emma Freedman (born 20 April 1988) is an Australian television and radio presenter who grew up on the Mornington Peninsula.Freedman formerly co-hosted The Grill Team on Triple M. Prior to this, she was a weather presenter on Weekend Today and host of Sports Sunday on the Nine Network.

Fox Cricket

Fox Cricket is an Australian subscription television channel dedicated to screening cricket (both domestic and international) matches and related programming. It is owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited and is available throughout Australia on Foxtel. The channel was launched on 17 September 2018.

Fox Footy

Fox Footy (stylised as FOX FOOTY) is an Australian rules football subscription television channel dedicated to screening Australian rules football matches and related programming. It is owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited, operated out of their Melbourne based studios and available throughout Australia on Foxtel, and Optus Television. The channel is a revival of the former Fox Footy Channel, which was in operation between 2002–2006. The channel recommenced prior to the 2012 AFL season after a new broadcast agreement was reached between the former Premier Media Group, Austar, Foxtel and the Australian Football League (AFL). Fox Footy is currently the most watched channel on Foxtel.

Fox Sports (Australia)

Fox Sports is an Australian group of sports channels, which is owned by Foxtel. Its main competitors are ESPN and beIN Sports, both available as part of a Foxtel subscription.

Fox Sports in Australia differs from other Fox Sports-branded channels in the United States and elsewhere around the world in that it is not owned by Fox Corporation, but by Foxtel. Both companies nonetheless remain under the control of the Murdoch family, as Foxtel is majority-owned by the Murdoch-controlled News Corp Australia.

Friday Night Football (NRL)

Friday Night Football is an Australian sports broadcast of National Rugby League games on Friday evenings.

In 1982, several early season NSWRL games were played on a Friday night, however regular non-weekend football began as Monday Night Football in 1985, with Canterbury meeting Manly on 24 June. However moderate attendances and a night game prior to a working day eventually saw the game shifted to Friday from 1988 on. As with Monday Night Football, regular Friday fixtures only commenced in the latter half of the season, due to the midweek competition. By 1990, a Friday night game was usually scheduled in all rounds.

The Friday night game is considered to be the most watched game of the week and many NRL clubs have openly stated that they appreciate the publicity given by these matches. The Nine Network choose the game they consider to be the "match of the round" 5 or 6 weeks in advance. This system has both positive and negative consequences, as it increases the likelihood of a good game played between two in-form sides, but does not allow fans or clubs a large amount of time to know on which day they will play in any given round.

Kevin Walters

Kevin David Walters (born 20 October 1967) is an Australian professional rugby league football coach and former player. He is the head coach of the Queensland State of Origin team, as well as a commentator for Fox League. Walters played for the Australian Kangaroos, Queensland Maroons and at professional club level primarily for the Brisbane Broncos.Along with twin Kerrod and older brother Steve, Kevin Walters started his playing career in the Brisbane Rugby League premiership before joining the NSWRL. He spent some time playing for the Canberra Raiders before moving to the Brisbane Broncos, where he played for the majority of his career and took over the club's captaincy. He has played in premiership-winning teams on six occasions and holds the record for most finals appearances.Walters later coached in the Queensland Cup competition with the Ipswich Jets club before being recruited by Catalans. Following his former coach Wayne Bennett from the Newcastle Knights he joined the Broncos coaching staff ahead of the 2015 season. During his short stint with the Knights, Walters was appointed as Halves coach by Bennett in 2014. Before this, Walters joined the Melbourne Storm where he worked as assistant coach to Craig Bellamy. Walters had also been at French club Catalans Dragons of the Super League where he was head coach. Before that he was head coach of the Ipswich Jets in the Queensland Cup.

League Teams

League Teams is a weekly Australian sports television series based on the Australian Football League (AFL) that airs on Fox Footy. It is currently shown on Thursdays at 6:30pm, to coincide with that round's team announcements. Hosted by Dermott Brereton, it also features members of the Fox Footy's commentary team every week during the AFL season.

A predecessor show with the same name and same general format was screened by HSV-7 in Melbourne in the 1960s and 1970s. It featured a panal of three well known former players, Lou Richards, Jack Dyer and Bob Davis. It was shown late on Thursday nights during the football season.

Michael Ennis

Michael Ennis (born 16 March 1984) is an Australian Sports commentator for Fox League and former professional rugby league footballer. A New South Wales State of Origin representative hooker, he played for the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, Brisbane Broncos, St George Illawarra Dragons, Newcastle Knights and the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, with whom he won the 2016 NRL Premiership. He is well known as being a 'niggler' when playing, and has been described as "one of the game's most hated players."

NRL Grand Final Breakfast

The NRL Grand Final Breakfast is a breakfast function organised by the National Rugby League on the week of the NRL Grand Final. The breakfast marks the traditional beginning to Grand Final day and is one of the biggest social highlights on the Australian sporting calendar. Watching the event is a ritual for many footy fans and the function plays a huge role in the pre match build up for the Grand Final.

NRL Women's Premiership

The NRL Women's Premiership (NRLW) is Australia's national rugby league competition for female players. The first season of the league began in September 2018 with four teams. The league is run by the National Rugby League (NRL) and is contested by a subset of clubs from that competition. The current premiers are the Brisbane Broncos.

National Rugby League

The National Rugby League (NRL) is a league of professional men's rugby league teams in Australia. Run by the Australian Rugby League Commission, the NRL's main competition is known as the Telstra Premiership due to sponsorship from Telstra Corporation and is contested by sixteen teams, fifteen of which are based in Australia with one based in New Zealand. It is the most viewed and attended rugby league club competition in the world.

The National Rugby League is Australia's top-level domestic men's rugby-league club competition. It contains clubs from the original Sydney club Rugby League competition, which had been running continuously since 1908. The NRL formed in the aftermath of the 1990s' Super League war as a joint partnership between the Australian governing body, the Australian Rugby League (ARL) and media giant News Corporation-controlled Super League, after both organisations ran premierships parallel to each other in 1997. This partnership was dissolved in February 2012, with control of the NRL going to the independently formed Australian Rugby League Commission.

NRL matches are played in Australia and New Zealand from March to October. The season culminates in the premiership-deciding game, the NRL Grand Final, traditionally one of Australia's most popular sporting events and one of the world's largest attended sporting championship games. In addition, the NRL premiers also play in the World Club Challenge, a pre-season match against the champions of the Super League competition. The reigning premiers are the Sydney Roosters winning their fourteenth official premiership.

Sports broadcasting contracts in Australia

This article refers to the sports broadcasting contracts in Australia. For a list of other country's broadcasting rights, see Sports television broadcast contracts.

Certain sporting events are protected by Australia's Anti-siphoning laws which means free-to-air television broadcasters have the chance to bid on protected events before pay television.

Warren Smith (broadcaster)

Warren Smith is a Rugby League commentator for Fox Sports Australia.

Smith has been with the pay TV network since 1995 and has gained a reputation for his distinctive style and versatility. Smith has made the term "they're gonna say" his own (they're gonna say it's a knock on, they're gonna say the pass was forward). He's also known for being inexplicably incredulous for no apparent reason "and wow they're gonna say it was forward" in a stunned voice (despite the pass clearly being forward).Smith is essentially the face of Fox Sports coverage of the National Rugby League competition and calls between 2-3 matches per round.

He has also called the 2010/11 KFC Twenty20 big bash league.Smith made an appearance for ESPN as an on-site analyst for the 2016 College Football Sydney Cup for a crew back in Bristol.

In 2016, Smith shared how to prepares to commentate on rugby league games. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph Smith said "You don't rest your voice as such, there are situations I will avoid though like the times I find myself in a pub during the footy season, it is loud and you have to raise your voice to be heard. It is a strain on your voice you don't need. I put a steamer on my face most days at this time of year to suck in steam, I live on lozenges and mints, I drink ridiculous amounts of water, I try to keep hydrated".As of the start of the 2018 NRL season, Smith began co-hosting Fox League’s weekly rugby league podcast, “You can take me now I have seen it all” (named after Smith’s famous call of a last second comeback by the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2012) along with fellow Fox League caller Matt Russell. The podcast reviewed the past weeks matches, discussed big talking points in the game and previewed upcoming games. From the end of the season and from 2019, Lara Pitt will also be a part of the weekly fixture.

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