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Australian sport’s biggest night is on Seven

By 7SPORT, SEVEN

2020 Sport Australia Hall of Fame on 7mate and 7plus

For the first time ever, fans will enjoy all the excitement and emotion of Australian sport’s most prestigious event when the Seven Network broadcasts the 2020 Sport Australia Hall of Fame induction night this Friday.

Hamish McLachlan will host a special 90-minute broadcast on 7mate from 7.00pm, when seven beloved Aussie heroes will be inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, joining an honour roll that includes national treasures Sir Donald Bradman, Dawn Fraser, Herb Elliott, Cathy Freeman, Rod Laver, Raelene Boyle, Dennis Lillee and Susie O’Neill.

One existing Hall of Fame member will also be elevated to Legend status, while the individual or team that most inspired Australians in 2020 will receive The Don Award, whose past winners are Michelle Payne, Jeff Horn, Kurt Fearnley and Ash Barty.

This year’s celebration will be a virtual event, featuring revealing in-depth interviews with each inductee and award winner, while Hall of Fame members and sports media icons Bruce McAvaney and Dennis Cometti also play key parts in Seven’s broadcast.

The Sport Australia Hall of Fame night is a truly special event no fan will want to miss. You’ll get goosebumps seeing just how much it means to our greatest superstars to be inducted into Australia’s most exclusive club. We’re rapt to be bringing it to viewers for the very first time.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

2020 Sport Australia Hall of Fame
Starts 7.00pm Friday on 7mate and 7plus

Get involved:
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Twitter @7Sport @sportaushof
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#SAHOF2020 #TheDonAward #Legend

Cricket on 7

January Cricket Schedule

By 7SPORT, SEVEN

January Week 1

Sunday Jan 3
BBL Game 26: Adelaide v Sydney Sixers

Monday Jan 4
BBL Game 27: Brisbane Heat v Sydney Thunder

Tuesday Jan 5
BBL Game 29: Melbourne Renegades v Adelaide Strikers

Wednesday Jan 6
BBL Game 30: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers

Thursday Jan 7
New Year Test – Day 1: Australia v India
BBL Game 31: Hobart Hurricanes v Sydney Thunder
BBL Game 32: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Stars

Friday Jan 8
New Year Test – Day 2: Australia v India

Saturday Jan 9
New Year Test – Day 3: Australia v India
BBL Game 34: Perth Scorchers v Sydney Thunder

January Week 2

Sunday Jan 10
New Year Test – Day 4: Australia v India
BBL Game 35: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat

Monday Jan 11
New Year Test – Day 5: Australia v India
BBL Game 36: Adelaide Strikers v Melbourne Stars

Tuesday Jan 12
BBL Game 37: Perth Scorchers v Hobart Hurricanes

Wednesday Jan 13
BBL Game 38: Sydney Thunder v Sydney Sixers

Thursday Jan 14
BBL Game 39: Brisbane Heat v Melbourne Renegades

Friday Jan 15
4th Test – Day 1: Australia v India
BBL Game 40: Melbourne Stars v Adelaide Strikers

Saturday Jan 16
4th Test – Day 2: Australia v India

January Week 3

Sunday Jan 17
4th Test – Day 3: Australia v India
BBL Game 42: Melbourne Stars v Melbourne Renegades

Monday Jan 18
4th Test – Day 4: Australia v India
BBL Game 43: Sydney Thunder v Hobart Hurricanes

Tuesday Jan 19
4th Test – Day 5: Australia v India
BBL Game 44: Perth Scorchers v Brisbane Heat

Wednesday Jan 20
BBL Game 45: Melbourne Renegades v Melbourne Stars

Thursday Jan 21
BBL Game 46: Adelaide Strikers v Brisbane Heat

Friday Jan 22
Women’s Cricket World Cup – Game 1: Australia v India

Saturday Jan 23
BBL Game 50: Melbourne Stars v Perth Scorchers

January Week 4

Sunday Jan 24
BBL Game 52: Sydney Sixers v Hobart Hurricanes

Monday Jan 25
Women’s Cricket World Cup – Game 2: Australia v India
BBL Game 53: Adelaide Strikers v Sydney Thunder

Tuesday Jan 26
BBL Game 55: Melbourne Renegades v Hobart Hurricanes
BBL Game 56: Melbourne Stars v Sydney Sixers

Thursday Jan 28
Women’s Cricket World Cup – Game 3: Australia v India

Friday Jan 29
BBL FINALS – The Eliminator: 4th v 5th

Saturday Jan 30
BBL FINALS – The Qualifier: 1st v 2nd

Sunday Jan 31
BBL FINALS – The Knockout: 3rd v Winner of The Eliminator

Surf’s up on Seven and 7plus

By SEVEN, SPORT

Seven extends partnership with World Surf League

The world’s best surfers will continue to thrill fans live and free on the Seven Network, with the network extending its partnership with the World Surf League (WSL) to cover surfing’s biggest and most iconic events.

In a massive coup for surfing lovers, all of the WSL’s live contests and highlights shows across the 2021 season will be broadcast across the Seven Network and live-streamed on 7plus, Australia’s #1 commercial free-to-air BVOD platform.

Seven’s coverage will include every event of the world’s premier surfing competition, the WSL Championship Tour, along with the Challenger Series, Big Wave at Large and Longboard Tour.

There’s no cooler or more captivating sport than surfing so we’re rapt to continue our partnership with the World Surf League. We can’t wait to bring fans the world’s very best surfers competing in the world’s most prestigious events over the next year – all of it live and free on Seven and 7plus.

Lewis Martin, Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport

The elite shortboard action gets underway on 4 December when the WSL Championship Tour makes its long-awaited return after a 10-month hiatus with the women’s Maui Pro. Reigning world champion Carissa Moore, former Aussie world champs Stephanie Gilmore and Tyler Wright, and American prodigy Caroline Marks will headline a stellar field.

Richmond win the 2020 AFL Grand Final

7.5 million tune into 2020 AFL Grand Final

By SEVEN
Richmond win the 2020 AFL Grand Final
Dustin Martin with Richmond teammates as they win the 2020 AFL Grand Final

AFL Grand Final audience peaked at 4.09 million nationally

Biggest TV event of 2020

Seven scores biggest metro commercial share ever recorded – 76%

Biggest commercial share since Sydney 2000

As Richmond secured an unforgettable 31-point win over Geelong in the 2020 AFL Grand Final, Seven’s coverage reached 7.5 million people across Australia, while its average national audience of 3.812 million was 30 per cent upyear on year and the biggest Grand Final audience since 2016.

On a night when Dustin Martin became the first player to win three Norm Smith Medals, Seven recorded an average metro audience of 2.979 million, a whopping 36 per cent up year on year. It was also the biggest metro primetime audience on any network since Seven’s coverage of the 2017 Australian Open Men’s Final.

Seven also recorded a 76 per cent metro commercial share, the biggest ever recorded.

And on the first occasion the Grand Final had ever been held outside Victoria, Melbourne recorded a Grand Final audience of 1.583 million, up a staggering 59.8 per cent on last year’s Grand Final.

The AFL’s first ever night Grand Final saw strong audience growth right across the day on Seven, with the Grand Final Preview up 64.4 per cent year on year in metro areas, while the pre-match entertainment was up 92.3 per cent.

On a day when two of the Australia’s greatest ever sporting events – the AFL Grand Final and the Cox Plate – converged for the first time ever, Seven recorded its highest live streaming day (24 million minutes) since the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, while it was Seven’s second highest total streaming day of all time (40.8 million minutes).

Seven’s coverage of the 100th running of the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley and Bondi Stakes Day at Randwick was also a smash hit with viewers. The Cox Plate race averaged 600,000 nationally and 436,000 in metro areas, up 64.7 per cent and 86.6 per cent respectively year on year, while the coverage across the entire day was up 40.1 per cent nationally and 56.5 per cent in metro areas.

On 7plus, the AFL Grand Final recorded nearly 16 million streaming minutes and was up a remarkable 215 per cent year on year.

And every market’s average audience was up on last year’s Grand Final between Richmond and the GWS Giants.

In Brisbane, Seven’s audience of 383,000 was the biggest since the 2004 Grand Final between the Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide and was up 20.7 per cent year on year.

The network’s average Sydney audience of 413,000 was up 11 per cent on last year’s Grand Final even though that featured the GWS Giants.

Rounding out a landmark night for Seven, Adelaide (265,000) was up 14.3 per cent and Perth (335,000) was up 17.3 per cent.

On a truly groundbreaking day, the highlights of Seven’s coverage included:

  • The spine-tingling opener to the Grand Final broadcast featuring Luke Hodge, which was fully integrated into the Gabba via the stadium’s big screen
  • The interactive analysis during the Grand Final preview that saw Cameron Ling step ‘inside the screen’ to demonstrate how Richmond could counter-act Cats spearhead Tom Hawkins’ influence at forward-50 ball-ups
  • Fans at home becoming part of the Grand Final like never before via a giant Toyota Fan Zone
  • Brian Taylor’s feel-good interview with Chris Maroni,the winner of the Toyota Finals Feelingcompetition and the proud owner of a brand new Toyota Hilux Rugged X
  • From the MCG, NAB AFL Auskicker Zev Roitman shared his infectious love of the game with Hamish McLachlan, before Mike Brady gave a rousing pre-game performance of Up There Cazaly
  • At Moonee Valley, Hugh Bowman set the scene for the historic 100th running of the Cox Plate with a stirring opener that looked back at some of the equine immortals who have won Australasia’s weight for age championship
  • Hamish McLachlan’s heartfelt tribute to the stars of the Spring Racing Carnival – the horses – and the incredible connection they have with racing fans
  • AND last but certainly not least Aussie rock legend Daryl Braithwaite’s inspired performance of The Horses that had fans at home singing along with the same gusto normally seen in the packed grandstands at Moonee Valley.

Jacqui Felgate joins Hamish McLachlan to co-host 2020’s Brownlow Medal count

By SPORT

Seven’s special broadcast – LIVE and FREE on Sunday October 18

Long-time Channel Seven sports presenter and Footy Central host Jacqui Felgate will join Hamish McLachlan in hosting the AFL’s night of nights, the Brownlow Medal count, on Sunday October 18.

In a year when the Brownlow count will be held as a made-for-TV event, Felgate and McLachlan will co-host a special broadcast on the eve of Grand Final week, with Brisbane Lions midfielder Lachie Neale the favourite to be crowned 2020’s fairest and best player ahead of a star-studded field that includes Travis BoakChristian PetraccaJack Steele and past winners Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield

Everyone’s favourite footy fans, Front Bar stars Mick MolloySam Pang and Andy Maher, will also join Seven’s broadcast to add their unique take on the night’s proceedings, while one of this year’s Brownlow favourites will be put under the spotlight in an interview with a hard-hitting team of NAB AFL Auskickers. 

In the build-up to this year’s count, fans are being encouraged to get into the spirit of the night from their loungerooms with #BackyardBrownlow, where the best pictures posted on social media will be shown on the broadcast as viewers help bring the traditional black-tie style and glamour to the game’s most prestigious night.

The AFL Mark of the Year, AFL Goal of the Year and Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award will also be announced during Seven’s broadcast.

McLachlan, who will host his second Brownlow count this year, is excited by 2020’s different format:  

It will be a different Brownlow count this year, not having a room filled with the players, but the significance of the night remains just the same. To be crowned the game’s fairest and best is life changing, so we will try very hard to ensure that prestige remains amongst all the changes we face. Lachie Neale and Trav Boak look to be the two for me, but this year has shown whatever you think, counts for very little. I’m really looking forward to working with Jacqui. Jac loves her footy, is a great live performer and will do a terrific job bringing to life the players’ stories.

Felgate says it will be a privilege to be part of football’s most iconic night as the first ever female co-host:

It’s been an incredibly tough year for so many, but Brownlow night will give Australians the chance to celebrate the very best in footy, both on and off the field. It’s an honour to stand alongside one of the finest broadcasters in the country in Hamish McLachlan, and to look back at the remarkable moments that gave us so much joy – when we needed it the most. It will be a Brownlow with a difference, but it will be something very special indeed. And I promise to keep everyone on time, there will be no excuses this year!

Managing Director Seven Melbourne and Head of Network Sport Lewis Martin commented:

This year’s count will be a Brownlow like no other. A lot could go wrong, there’s no mistaking that. We’ll be relying on a lot of technology and plenty of moving parts coming together on the night. But the broadcast will be in safe hands with Hamish and Jacqui, with a little help from The Front Bar team. And we can always rely on two things on Brownlow night – the gripping drama that just builds and builds during the count, and the prestige that’s instantly bestowed on the player who joins a who’s who of football’s greatest names on the Brownlow honour roll.

TV Broadcast times on Seven:

2020 Brownlow Medal Count

Sunday October 18

Sydney        7.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Melbourne   7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Brisbane      6.00pm LIVE on 7mate

Adelaide      6.30pm LIVE on 7mate, 7.00pm LIVE on Channel 7

Perth           4.00pm LIVE on 7mate

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