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Lord Ian Botham joins Seven’s Summer of Cricket

By 7SPORT, Kickstart 2022, SEVEN, SPORT

Cricket’s #1 commentary team just got even better, with the Seven Network adding one of the game’s all-time greats – Lord Ian Botham – to its illustrious line-up for what is already shaping as an unforgettable 2021-22 season.

The straight-talking former England Test captain, and one of the best-ever all-rounders with 5,200 test runs and 383 wickets, will join Seven for all five Tests in Australia’s blockbuster Ashes series against England, when the two teams go head-to-head in cricket’s oldest rivalry.

From the opening day of the first Test at The Gabba on 8 December, Lord Botham – who still holds the record for the highest number of wickets taken by any England bowler – will be part of Seven’s unrivalled team that will again be led by cricket’s most astute commentator, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting.

In a summer when cricket’s greatest-ever rivalry takes centre stage right here on Australian shores, we are going all out to assemble an all-star commentary team.

One of the legendary cricketers of the modern era, Australia has oft despised, sometimes loved, occasionally laughed with, but always respected ‘Beefy’. It’s truly an honour to welcome Lord Botham to Seven this summer.

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

Seven will announce full details of its Summer of Cricket coverage in the coming weeks.

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The XXII Commonwealth Games on Seven

By 7SPORT, Kickstart 2022, SEVEN, SPORT

The Seven Network is proud to announce it is the official Australian media partner for the XXII Commonwealth Games, which will take place in Birmingham, United Kingdom, from 28 July to 8 August next year.

Seven’s exclusive deal with the Commonwealth Games Federation covers broadcast, digital, connected TV, radio, social media and subscription TV rights, ensuring comprehensive live and free coverage of the Games across its free-to-air channels and 7plus, Australia’s leading commercial streaming and video on-demand platform.

The agreement was announced during Seven’s 2022 Upfront presentation today.

Three years after our highly successful coverage of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, we are excited and honoured to have secured the media rights to the XXII Commonwealth Games.

Seven has a long and proud history of supporting Australian athletes on the world stage and bringing their triumphs home to our viewers. It is very fitting that 20 years after we broadcast the Manchester Commonwealth Games to all Australians, we will be doing it again from the UK, with unparalleled coverage across Seven and 7plus.

James Warburton, Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

The XXII Commonwealth Games will bring together more than 4,500 athletes from across 72 nations and territories in a global spectacle. Underpinned by the core values of humanity, equality and destiny, the Commonwealth Games are often referred to as the “Friendly Games” and are renowned for inspiring athletes to compete in the spirit of friendship and fair play.

We are absolutely delighted to be partnering with Seven once again for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Seven has a long and successful track record when it comes to covering the Games and they will play a vital role in taking the very best of Commonwealth Sport and our athletes to millions of Australian supporters.

With more medals for women than men, the largest ever para sport program and the debut of exciting new sports such Women’s T20 Cricket, I have no doubt Birmingham 2022 will be a spectacular success.

Building on the success of Gold Coast 2018, Birmingham 2022 will have the largest business and tourism program in history; leveraging the unique power of the Games to enhance the city’s global reputation and boosting tourism, jobs, trade and investment.

We could not ask for a better partner than Seven to help support us in showcasing the competition.

Dame Louise Martin DBE, Commonwealth Games Federation President

After the remarkable success this year of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, the XXII Commonwealth Games are the perfect addition to our 2022 sport line-up – an unrivalled line-up that already includes the Olympic Winter Games Beijing in February and much more.

With 19 different sports and 286 sessions of sport over 11 days, the XXII Commonwealth Games will be one of the biggest events of 2022 – and a celebration of the green and gold. Many of the athletes we cheered on in Tokyo will once again be the stars of the show, promising a great competition.

We are looking forward to working with the Commonwealth Games Federation, the Birmingham Organising Committee for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and our many wonderful athletes to present a fantastic competition.

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

Australians love the Commonwealth Games. We have won more medals across all Commonwealth Games than any other country, and we are one of only six countries that has been represented at every Games since they started in 1930.

The integrated para sports were an absolute highlight in 2018 and will be again next July, when we see all the athletes together competing on the world stage once again in the sports Australians love – from swimming to track and field and cricket, in prime time, across the screens of Seven.

The Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games are the perfect sequels to Tokyo 2020, creating more amazing opportunities for our partners to engage and connect with Australians through Seven and 7plus.

Kurt Burnette, Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer

Next year’s Commonwealth Games will make global sport history by being the first ever major multi-sport event to award more medals to women than men. There will be 136 medal events for women and 134 for men; at the 2018 Commonwealth Games there were an equal number of medals for women and men.

In addition, the XXII Commonwealth Games will host the largest ever integrated para sport program, as well as a record number of mixed events including diving, swimming relays and para-athletics relays.

It’s show time for Spring Racing on Seven

By 7RACING, 7SPORT, SPORT

Epsom Day and Turnbull Stakes Day live and free on Saturday

Spring Racing kicks up a gear on the Seven Network this Saturday, with live and free coverage of the best thoroughbred action from Turnbull Stakes Day at Flemington and Epsom Day at Royal Randwick.

Saturday’s racing is highlighted by the $1.5 million Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick, and the $1 million Group 1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

Seven’s coverage begins at 12.00pm AEST on Channel 7, 7two and 7plus and will be led by Australia’s pre-eminent sport broadcaster, Bruce McAvaney, with fan favourite Jason Richardson. Also joining racing’s #1 commentary team is Emma Freedman, daughter of five-time Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Lee Freedman.

Freedman will anchor Seven’s Sydney Spring Racing coverage, kicking off with Epsom Day on Saturday alongside Katelyn Mallyon, Gerard Middleton and Sky Racing’s Lizzie Jelfs trackside at Randwick.

The Turnbull Stakes is headlined by Sydney star Verry Elleegant, attempting to defend her Turnbull crown to take to her 10th Group 1. However, the champion mare is up against exciting galloper Incentivise while Cox Plate hero Sir Dragonet, who charged home behind Incentivise in the Makybe Diva Stakes, looks to be in for a very good preparation.

Star trainer Gai Waterhouse is looking for her eighth win in the Epsom Handicap with leading hope Riodini from a wide barrier and Discharged. Doncaster winner Cascadian is already proven at the Randwick Mile with placegetters Icebath and Dalasan chasing elusive Group 1 wins, while champion trainer Chris Waller has four of the past eight editions and saddles up five runners including last start Bill Ritchie winner Atishu and multiple Group 1 winner Hungry Heart.

In the Metropolitan Handicap, Group 1 winner Montefilia is looking to become the first mare since Coco Cobanna (2000) to win, while promising import Zeyrek gains a start and is ready to peak third up for Team Hawkes. 

Seven this week announced the very best Australian thoroughbred racing will now be shown live and free every Saturday of the year as part of the most significant free-to-air television deal in the history of the sport.

The historic, long-term agreement to 2027 with Racing Victoria, Racing NSW, Racing Queensland and Racing SA firmly cements Seven as Australia’s Home of Racing, and means Australians will enjoy 52 weeks of elite racing across the nation.

Over the coming weeks, Seven will broadcast Spring Racing’s finest thoroughbred action from around Australia, including the Caulfield Cup, Everest, Cox Plate and Golden Eagle.

Landmark deal secured for Australian racing

By 7RACING, 7SPORT, SPORT

The Seven Network is proud to announce the very best Australian thoroughbred racing will now be shown live and free every Saturday of the year as part of the most significant free-to-air television deal in the history of the sport.

Seven has partnered with Racing Victoria, Racing NSW, Racing Queensland and Racing SA in the historic, long-term deal that unites Australian thoroughbred racing like never before.

The agreement to 2027 firmly cements Seven as Australia’s Home of Racing, and means Australians will enjoy 52 weeks of elite racing across the nation, including:

  • NSW – every Group 1 and feature race, highlighted by the Golden Slipper, The Championships, The Everest and Golden Eagle
  • Victoria – the very best of Melbourne’s time-honoured events headlined by the All-Star Mile, Caulfield Guineas, Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate
  • Queensland – the Summer and Winter Carnivals, featuring the highly coveted Queensland Oaks, Queensland Derby and Stradbroke Handicap
  • South Australia – the May Carnival and the jewels in its crown, the South Australian Derby, South Australian Oaks and Goodwood Handicap.

Seven has a long and proud history of bringing horse racing to Australian television viewers and I’m very pleased to announce this innovative, comprehensive long-term agreement.

It is great news for Seven, our partners, the fans and horse racing in general, and it reinforces our position as the home of the best sport on television, all live and free.

James Warburton, Seven West Media Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Seven’s AFL Grand Final: #1 show of 2021

By 7SPORT, SPORT

3.91m viewers nationally, 3.01m in the capital cities
Breaks audience share records in three cities

The Seven Network’s live, free and exclusive coverage of the unforgettable 2021 AFL Grand Final last night scored 3.91 million viewers nationally and 3.01 million in the capital cities, making it the #1 TV program of 2021.

On 7plus, the AFL Grand Final was watched by an additional 197,000 viewers on connected TVs and recorded 32.6 million streaming minutes, up 211% year-on-year.

In the first ever Grand Final in Perth, Melbourne’s triumph over the Western Bulldogs to end a 57-year premiership drought reached 6.34 million viewers nationally and 4.73 million in the capital cities. The average audience of 3.91 million was up 2% on last year’s huge audience and up 33% on the 2019 Grand Final.

Seven’s 2021 AFL Grand Final delivered the biggest Grand Final audience since 2016 and the fifth biggest ever.

In only the second time a Grand Final has been held outside of Victoria, Melbourne recorded a Grand Final audience of 1.64 million viewers, up 3% on 2020. 

The thrilling match dominated its timeslot with a 77% share of viewers during the game, and an 80% share of 25 to 54s.

Seven recorded an overall prime time commercial network share of 73.5% on Saturday and a 75.9% share in 25 to 54s.

The highest ever prime time commercial shares for any network in OzTAM history were recorded across several capital cities, including Melbourne with an 88.9% commercial share, Adelaide (77.3%) and Perth (76.9%).

The historic 2021 AFL Grand Final lived up to the hype and delivered extraordinary audiences on Seven. The AFL is a vital part of Seven’s unrivalled sporting content and once again Australia’s #1 winter sport has gripped the nation with another unmissable premiership decider.

Seven’s prime time coverage, underpinned by our expert commentary and insights, ensured more fans across Australia could enjoy the exciting Grand Final action, live and free. A huge thanks to the fans, players, clubs, AFL and the entire team across the Seven Network for making 2021 so memorable despite another year of uncertainty. It highlights once again how our shared love of Australian football continues to bring the nation together.

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

Seven’s AFL Grand Final

  • AFL Grand Final: Melbourne v Western Bulldogs 3.91 viewers nationally, 3.01 in the capital cities. Reached 6.34 million nationally
  • AFL Grand Final: Presentations: 3.51 million viewers nationally, 2.67 million in the capital cities.
  • AFL Grand Final: On The Ground: 2.98 million viewers nationally, 2.27 million in the capital cities.
  • AFL Grand Final: Pre-Match entertainment: 1.99 million viewers nationally, 1.46 million in the capital cities.
  • AFL Grand Final: Post Match: 1.62 million viewers nationally, 1.28 million in the capital cities.

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A premiership decider for the ages

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Seven’s unbeatable AFL Grand Final coverage kicks off Saturday 7.00am AEST

An unforgettable 2021 AFL season is set for a spectacular finish this Saturday, when Melbourne takes on the Western Bulldogs in the first-ever Grand Final in Perth.

The Seven Network will have every angle of the premiership decider covered from early morning to late night, and from Perth and across the rest of the country.

In a huge coup for fans, two of Western Australia’s favourite football sons – three-time All Australian Nic Naitanui and dual Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe – will join Seven’s live and free coverage for this historic occasion.

Football’s #1 commentary team will field an unbeatable Grand Final line-up on Saturday, which also features Brian Taylor, James Brayshaw, Hamish McLachlan, Daisy Pearce, Luke Hodge, Abbey Holmes, Basil Zempilas, Wayne Carey, Justin Leppitsch, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson, Jacqui Felgate and Amberley Lobo. 7NEWS reporters Tom Browne and Ryan Daniels will present all the breaking news throughout the day.

Viewers will enjoy more than 16 hours of coverage on Channel 7 and 7mate, kicking off at 7.00am AEST with the Weekend Sunrise AFL Grand Final Day Special and continuing non-stop until the Grand Final post-match presentations and celebrations wind up at about 11.30pm.

Fans will also be able to live stream the Grand Final on 7plus on select connected TV, set top box and game console devices, including Telstra TV, Samsung Tizen (2016 and later), Fetch TV, Apple TV, PlayStation 4 and 5, Android TV/Google TV and LG TV. For more information, visit 7plus.

The stage is set for an epic contest on Saturday. We’ve got the best two teams in red-hot form, with the Demons chasing a fairy-tale flag and the Dogs again aiming to win from outside the top four – all before a packed stadium, in Perth, for the first time.

“Seven will have every angle of Grand Final Day covered from early morning until the final celebrations late at night. With an unrivalled 16 hours of coverage across the day, footy’s best team will bring fans all the action, colour and excitement of the game’s biggest day – from Perth and all around the nation.

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

Seven’s Grand Final week gets underway tonight when The Front Bar presents its annual Grand Final Special at 8.30pm nationally on Channel 7 and 7plus.

Mick Molloy, Sam Pang and Andy Maher will be out to finish the season on a high note as they welcome a cavalcade of special guests including recently retired Melbourne great Nathan Jones, Richmond coach Damien Hardwick, West Coast high-flier Nic Naitanui, AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan, Titus O’Reily and Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald.

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Brownlow Medal count set to be a thriller

By 7SPORT, SPORT

Seven will bring all the drama this Sunday night

The 2021 Brownlow Medal count is shaping up as the most thrilling in recent times and the Seven Network will have all bases covered this Sunday night when the winner of the AFL’s highest individual honour is declared – wherever he is across Australia.

In a rare year with no outright favourite, the Brownlow race appears destined for a blanket finish, with leading contenders Ollie Wines, Clayton Oliver, Marcus Bontempelli, Jack Steele and Christian Petracca almost impossible to split.

Seven’s coverage begins at 7.00pm AEST Sunday on Channel 7 and 7mate and will be hosted by Hamish McLachlan and Jacqui Felgate, while Basil Zempilas, Abbey Holmes and Amberley Lobo will take fans inside the AFL’s official count in Perth throughout the night.

In a year when the competition’s leading players will again be spread across multiple locations around the country, Seven will draw on the collective might of its unrivalled national team to cross to all the leading contenders no matter where they are watching the voting unfold.

Sunday night’s festivities begin with the Brownlow Red Carpet, with Jacqui Felgate and Renee Enright set to cover all the glitz and glamour of the AFL’s night of nights, while Lions captain Dayne Zorko will join them from Brisbane.

As we look forward to another Brownlow Medal count in another year of uncertainty, we have called on every resource of the Seven Network to ensure we’re ready for anything that could happen at this year’s count – and anything could happen.

This year’s Brownlow field is the most open many of us can remember. The winner could come from anywhere and we might not know who he is until Gillon McLachlan reads the final vote.

Regardless, Seven is poised and ready to go. With the cooperation of the entire network, we’ve assembled a team from coast to coast that will bring viewers all the night’s biggest stories no matter where they’re unfolding. It’s sure to be a magical night on Your Home of Footy.

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

The Brownlow Medal count marks the start of the year’s biggest week of football on Seven as Australia counts down to the AFL Grand Final next Saturday, 25 September. Seven will announce full details of its Grand Final week coverage in the coming days.

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Seven’s AFL Finals score huge audiences

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The 2021 AFL Finals Series continues to score on the Seven Network, with Friday night’s Melbourne v. Geelong match recording the biggest AFL national and capital city audience this year.

Friday night’s clash was watched by 1.3 million people nationally and 1.01 million in the capital cities.

The high-stakes match was up 76% on the 2021 regular season Friday night average and reached 2.45 million people nationally and 1.87 million in the capital cities.

Seven’s Friday AFL match was the #1 program of the night in 25 to 54s, #1 in its timeslot and pushed Seven to a huge 52.8% network commercial share. 

On Saturday night, the Port Adelaide v. Western Bulldogs clash recorded an average national audience of 1.18 million people, up 81% on the 2021 regular season Saturday night average.

In the capital cities, 920,000 people tuned into Seven’s live and free coverage, up 89% on the regular Saturday night average audience. The match was the #1 program of the night in 25 to 54s, dominated its timeslot and reached 2.4 million viewers nationally and 1.8 million in the capital cities.

In Melbourne, the audience soared 119% on the regular Saturday night average audience and helped Seven win Saturday night with a massive 49.9% network commercial share across the capital cities.

Seven’s finals coverage to-date has averaged 1.08 million viewers nationally. Across the capital cities, it has an average audience of 834,000. The finals games of Australia’s number one winter sport have reached 5.86 million people nationally so far and 4.33 million in the capital cities.

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NFL season kicks off on Seven this Monday

By 7SPORT

Two games every week, all 12 playoff matches, Super Bowl LVI and the #1 fantasy competition

The NFL roars back into action on the Seven Network this Monday, when a blockbuster double-header kick-starts the 2021-22 season, while fans of America’s biggest sport can sign up now for the official fantasy competition, NFL Challenge.

The live and free action starts at 3.00am AEST Monday on 7mate and 7plus, with the New York Jets squaring off against the Carolina Panthers, followed at 6.25am AEST by a must-see showdown between the Cleveland Browns and the Kansas City Chiefs.

Together with season broadcast partner Macca’s, Seven will bring fans two games live and free every week during the regular NFL season and all 12 playoff matches, before covering all the action, excitement and glamour of American football’s grandest occasion, the Super Bowl.

Every game will also be live-streamed on 7plus, while people can catch up on the highlights and enjoy unmissable VOD content on 7plus, 7NEWS.com.au and @7Sport on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Seven’s live, replay and ancillary NFL broadcasts reach more than four million Australians each year, while 7plus streams more than 17.5 million minutes.

Fans can again put their NFL smarts to the test this season by entering a team in NFL Challenge at 7plus.com.au. Those who deliver on America’s biggest stage will win big, with the overall regular season winner receiving a $4,000 Harvey Norman gift voucher and the weekly winners $500.

Also returning in 2021-22 is NFL Armchair Experts with Australian NFL trailblazer Ben Graham, who became the first Aussie to play in a Super Bowl in 2009, and super fan Cam Luke.

Join Ben and Cam every Monday at 9.30am AEST straight after the live on-field action as they review the week that’s been, preview upcoming matches and break down the NFL’s burning issues on 7mate, 7plus and @7Sport social channels.

The NFL is America’s biggest sporting stage and we can’t wait to again bring fans all the hard-hitting action of the new season, along with American football’s #1 fantasy competition, NFL Challenge. It promises to be another epic season on Seven, which will culminate with one of the world’s greatest events, the Super Bowl.

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

Aussies to keep an eye on this season include Mitch Wishnowsky (San Francisco 49ers), former St Kilda forward Arryn Siposs and Jordan Mailata (Philadelphia Eagles), Michael Dickson (Seattle Seahawks), Cameron Johnston (Houston Texans), Jordan Berry (Minnesota Vikings) and Adam Gotsis (Jacksonville Jaguars).

Sudden-death Semis set to sizzle on Seven

By 7SPORT

Prime-time AFL Finals on Friday and Saturday

Seasons will go on the line this weekend as the AFL Finals ignite on the Seven Network with two prime-time semi-finals that promise to be instant classics.

The week two finals action kicks off tomorrow night when Geelong takes on the GWS Giants in the Second Semi-Final at Optus Stadium, with Seven’s live and free coverage starting at 7.00pm AEST on Channel 7 and 7mate.

The Cats are aiming to make a remarkable fifth preliminary final in six years, but the Giants toppled them at GMHBA Stadium in Round 21 and will fancy their chances of causing another upset. With a preliminary final spot up for grabs, the stage is set for a titanic battle.

The stakes will be just as high on Saturday night as the Brisbane Lions welcome the Western Bulldogs to the Gabba for the First Semi-Final. Seven’s pre-game coverage kicks off at 6.30pm AEST on 7mate and 7two, before the match broadcast begins at 7.00pm AEST on Channel 7 and 7mate.

It wasn’t until the dying seconds of the home and away season that the Lions clawed their way above the Bulldogs on the ladder and Saturday night’s clash looks set to go down to the wire too, as two genuine contenders fight for the right to take on Port Adelaide in a preliminary final.

The AFL’s #1 commentary team will again lead Seven’s coverage, with this weekend’s line-up featuring Brian Taylor, James Brayshaw, Hamish McLachlan, Daisy Pearce, Luke Hodge, Wayne Carey, Luke Darcy, Matthew Richardson, Justin Leppitsch, Basil Zempilas and Xavier Ellis.

There’s nothing like finals footy and this weekend the blowtorch gets turned up a notch. From now on, there are no second chances, it’s win or go home.

All four teams in action this week are battle-hardened finals performers who won’t give an inch, each of them capable of beating anyone on their day. You couldn’t set the scene more perfectly for two epic September contests that no one can afford to miss.

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

Semi-final week on Seven gets underway tonight when The Front Bar opens on Channel 7 and 7plus at 8.30pm in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and 11.00pm in Sydney and Brisbane. 

This week, Mick Molloy, Sam Pang and Andy Maher will be joined at the bar by the legendary Leigh Matthews as they present the coveted AFL Players MVP awards.

After Friday night’s opening semi-final, Adam Cooney and Cam Luke will settle in on the Armchair Experts sofa to give their unique take on all the fallout from the big match on Channel 7, 7mate and 7plus. On Sunday morning, premiership teammates and footy mavericks Heath Shaw and Dale Thomas will be live on @7AFL Twitter at 10.30am AEST to give fans an unfiltered view of all the finals fallout on the Heater and Daisy Show, which will also be available on catch-up at 7plus.

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