Seven Sport

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Seven Sport
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Division of: Seven Network
Major Broadcasting Contracts: AFL
Australian Open
Davis Cup
Kooyong Classic
Apia International
The Melbourne Cup Carnival
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race
Parent: Seven West Media
Slogan: Sport Plays Here
Sister networks: 7Two
7mate
Website: Seven Sport

Seven Sport is the brand that all sporting events broadcast on the Seven Network are broadcast under.

History[edit]

The Seven Network is a major player in Australian sports broadcasting.

Australian rules football[edit]

Before 2001, Seven was the only broadcaster of Australian Football League matches. As the single broadcaster, only one match could be broadcast in any timeslot, so it was not possible for every match to be broadcast. In 2000, Nine and Ten entered a joint rights deal with pay TV provider Foxtel to ensure that all eight matches of each round were televised, starting in 2002 & concluding in 2006. That brought Seven's 45-year run as VFL/AFL football broadcaster to an end.

Seven regained rights to Australian Football League in the following broadcast deal, covering the period from 2007–2011, in a joint contract with Ten and Foxtel. The cost of the deal was A$780 million, an A$280 million increase on the Nine/Ten/Foxtel 2002-2006 joint broadcast venture. Under the deal, Seven and Ten alternated the Brownlow Medal ceremonies and the AFL Grand Final;[1] Seven broadcast Friday night and Sunday afternoon Premiership season matches, with Ten broadcasting two Saturday matches and Foxtel broadcasting the rest.

In 2011, it was announced that Seven and Foxtel would share the football broadcast rights from 2012–2016, bringing Ten's 10-year run to an end. Under the new deal, Seven would broadcast four games per week, and Foxtel would simulcast coverage of Seven's games and broadcast the other five weekly games live and exclusive. Seven would broadcast the entire finals, with Foxtel simulcasting all finals except for the Grand Final. The deal required Seven to broadcast all but the Saturday afternoon match live into Victoria and Tasmania; all four games are shown live into the northern states on 7mate, and all games are shown on delay into Western Australia and South Australia due to differences in time-zones.


Other sports[edit]

During its time as the broadcaster of the Olympic Games, it has won the Olympic Golden Rings for the Best Television coverage for the best television programme during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.[2]

During the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Seven and NBC Universal were the major recipients of the Golden Rings; with Seven taking the Golden Rings for the best Olympic Programme, the Silver Rings for the best Olympic feature (NBC Universal received the Golden Rings), and the Bronze Rings for the Best Sports Coverage (behind SRG Switzerland and YLE Finland).[3]

In 1997, Seven lost the rights to the Australian Touring Car Championship but still broadcast the Australian Super Touring Car Championship to the end of the series in 2001. And in 2003 Broadcast Nations Cup and V8 Utes in 2003 before Network Ten won the rights to broadcast the V8 Utes in 2005.

During Seven's coverage of the XXIX Olympiad, numerous complaints by the general Australian public were made to the Seven Network for several reasons, including the lack of a broadcast of events to which Australia is not competing in, too many advertisements and at inappropriate times during events and poor commentating of events. There has also been media speculation about the editing of Olympic events by Seven; how live sound from events is faded and the commentary sound is the prominent sound feature.

From 1963 to 1997, Seven was the home of motor sport in Australia as they broadcast the Australian Touring Car Championship and the Bathurst 1000. Seven were the first Broadcasters to use race cam in 1979 Bathurst 1000 and also were able to talk to the drivers.

The Seven commentary team included Evan Green, Will Hagon, Geoff Stone (late 60s to the mid 70s). From 1977-1995 Mike Raymond and Gary Wilkinson from 1978-1996(V81000). Neil Crompton reporting from the pits from around 1985, Mark Oastler(1989-1996), Doug Mulray(1988-1994), Allan Moffat (1985-1996,V81000) and as a pit reporter Andy Raymond (early 90s). At the Bathurst 1000 Sandy Roberts or Bruce McAvaney would be the host during the early to mid 1990s.

Theme[edit]

Seven Sport has used "Fanfare for the Common Man" by Emerson, Lake & Palmer as its theme since 1980. During the 1980s and early 1990s, Seven used the music piece for Sporting events such as: AFL, Australian Open and Australian Touring Car Championship. Up until 2011, an abridged version of the opening fanfare was used.

Events[edit]

Seven Sport holds broadcast rights to the following events:

Current[edit]

Sport Event Broadcast Partner(s) Date Notes
Summer Olympics Melbourne 1956, Montreal 1976, Moscow 1980, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020 ABC (1956, 1976), Nine Network (1956, 1976), C7 Sport (1996, 2000), Foxtel (2004, 2008), SBS (2004, 2008) 1956, 1976, 1980, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2016, 2020
Winter Olympics Lake Placid 1980, Nagano 1998, Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006, Pyeongchang 2018 Foxtel (2006) 1980, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2018
American football National Football League ESPN, Fox Sports 2014– Live on 7mate
American football Super Bowl ESPN 2015– Live on 7mate/Seven
Association football A-League All Stars Game 2013– Live on 7mate
Australian rules football Australian Football League ABC (1957–1980), GTV (1957–1960s), ATV (1965), Sports AFL (1995–1999), C7 Sport (1999–2001), Network Ten (2007–2011), Fox Sports (2007–2011), Fox Footy (2012–) 1957–1986, 1988–2001, 2007– 4 matches a week, three live & one delay. QLD, NSW and ACT is shown live on 7mate
Australian rules football South Australian National Football League 1965–1987, 2014– 1 Live match only in Adelaide on 7mate
Australian rules football International Rules Series 2008, 2010, 2013– Live on 7mate
Commonwealth Games Manchester 2002, Gold Coast 2018 2002, 2018
Gaelic Football All-Ireland Senior Football Championship[4] 2014– Live coverage of 27 championship games on 7mate
Golf Australian Masters 2013– Thursday and Friday on 7Two and Saturday and Sunday on 7
Golf Australian Open 1989–2008, 2012–
Golf Australian PGA Championship 2014-
Golf Perth International 2013– Live on 7Two
Golf U.S. Masters 2014– LIVE coverage on 7mate
Horse Racing The Melbourne Cup Carnival Sky Racing 2002–
Horse Racing Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival 2002–2006, 2013– live on 7Two/Seven
Horse Racing Autumn Racing Carnival Sky Racing 2013– live on 7Two/Seven
Hurling All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[4] 2014– Live coverage of 18 championship games on 7mate
Tennis Australian Open Fox Sports (2003–2009, 2011–) 1973–
Tennis Davis Cup Fox Sports (2001–) 1975– Live on 7Two
Tennis Hopman Cup 1989–1994, 2014– Live on 7mate
Tennis Kooyong Classic 1988– Live on 7Two
Tennis Apia International 2000s– Live on 7Two
Tennis Brisbane International 2009– Live on 7Two
Tennis Wimbledon[5] Fox Sports 2011– Live on 7Two and Seven
Yachting Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 2005–

Past[edit]

Sport Event Broadcast Partners(s) Dates Reason/Subsequent Broadcasters
Association football National Soccer League[6] C7 Sport (1998–2002), ABC (2000) 1998–2003
Basketball National Basketball League 1988–1991 Dropped: Network Ten
Cricket The Ashes in England C7 Sport 2001 Dropped: Nine Network
Cricket Australian One Day International matches in England Fox Sports 2001, 2005 Dropped: Nine Network
Cricket 1996/97 Australian tour of South Africa ( Test and ODI matches) 1996–1997 Dropped: Fox Sports
Motor Racing V8 Supercars Speed (Highlights) 1963–1996, 2007–2014 Outbid: Network Ten, Fox Sports
Motor Racing V8 Utes Speed (Highlights) 2003–2004, 2007–2014 Outbid: Network Ten, Fox Sports
Motor Racing IndyCar Series 2008 Dropped: Fox Sports (2009–2010, 2015–), Speed (2011–2014)
Rugby League New South Wales Rugby League 1971–1981 Dropped: Nine Network, Fox Sports
Rugby League Australian Test Matches 1990-1993 Dropped: Nine Network, Fox Sports
Rugby League The Ashes 1992 Dropped: Nine Network, Fox Sports
Rugby League Rugby League World Cup 2013 Dropped: TBA
Rugby Union Super 12 Fox Sports 1996–2003 Dropped: Fox Sports
Rugby Union Bledisloe Cup Fox Sports 1996–2010 Dropped: Network Ten
Rugby Union British and Irish Lions Fox Sports 2001 Dropped: TBA
Rugby Union Tri Nations Fox Sports 1996–2010 Dropped: Network Ten
Rugby Union Wallabies Rugby Internationals Fox Sports 1996–2010 Dropped: Network Ten & Fox Sports
Rugby Union Wallabies Spring Tour Fox Sports 1996–2010 Dropped: Network Ten & Fox Sports
Rugby Union 1999 Rugby World Cup, 2003 Rugby World Cup[7] Fox Sports (2003)[7] 1999, 2003 Dropped: Nine Network and Fox Sports (2015)
Tennis French Open - 2002 Dropped: Fox Sports
Tennis Melbourne Indoor - 1980–1985

Programs[edit]

Seven Sport has presented the following recurring programmes:

Sport (Event) Program Date
All Sportsworld 1988–2006
All Sport Fever! 2012
Australian rules football (AFL) The Bounce 2010
Australian rules football (AFL) AFL Game Day 2008–
Australian rules football (AFL) Talking Footy 1994–2002
2013-
Australian rules football (AFL) Rex's Footy Panel 1994–2003
Australian rules football (AFL) The Club 2002
Motor Racing (V8 Supercars) V8Xtra 2007–2014
Motor Racing (V8 Supercars) Friday Night Live 2012–2014
Rugby League (NRL) The Matty Johns Show 2010

Staff / Commentators[edit]

AFL[edit]

The Seven Sport crew filming a pre-match interview between commentator Cameron Ling and Geelong Cats coach Chris Scott in 2014.

As Seven is forced to show viewers in Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland games featuring their respective teams live, sometimes it will show a different game at the same time into these markets then into the rest of Australia. On these occasions, it will pick up Fox Footy's coverage of the match.

Current[edit]

  • Bruce McAvaney (1990s-2001) (2007-) (Host/Lead Commentator, Friday Night/Sunday Afternoon)
  • Dennis Cometti (1986-2001) (2007-2016) (Though it was speculated that he would retire in 2011[8] Cometti is contracted to call football for Channel 7 until 2016) (Host/Lead Commentator, Friday Night/Sunday Afternoon)
  • Leigh Matthews (1996-1998) (2009-) (Expert Commentator, Friday Night)
  • Tom Harley (2010-) (Expert Commentator, Friday Night, Expert Commentator, Saturday/Sunday Afternoon)
  • Tim Watson (1992, 1996-1998) (2007-) (Field Commentator, Friday Night & Expert Commentator, Saturday/Sunday Afternoon & fill in Expert Commentator & Pre/Post Game Show Host, Saturday Night & Talking Footy panelist)
  • Matthew Richardson (2010-) (Field Commentator, Friday Night & Expert Commentator, Saturday Night)
  • Luke Darcy (2012-) (Expert Commentator & Pre/Post Game Show Host, Saturday Night & Talking Footy Host)
  • Brian Taylor (2012-) (Lead Commentator, Saturday Night)
  • Cameron Ling (2012-) (Field Commentator, Saturday Night & Expert Commentator, Sunday Afternoon)
  • Samantha Lane (2013-) (Saturday Night Pre-game show panelist & reporter)
  • Andrew Welsh (2013-) (Field Commentator, Saturday/Sunday Afternoon)
  • Hamish McLachlan (2012-) (Host/Lead Commentator, Saturday Afternoon & AFL Game Day Host)
  • Basil Zempilas (2012-) (Host/Lead Commentator, Saturday Afternoon & Footy Central updates, Saturday Night)
  • Jude Bolton (2014-) (Field Commentator, Saturday/Sunday Afternoon)
  • Wayne Carey (2014-) (Expert Commentator, Friday Night & Talking Footy panelist)
  • Mark McVeigh (2013-) (Field Commentator, Saturday/Sunday Afternoon)
  • Mick Molloy (2014-) (Saturday Night Pre-game show panelist & comedian)
  • Mark Stevens (2013-) (Seven News Chief AFL reporter)

Past[edit]

SANFL[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Australian Open[edit]

Melbourne Cup[edit]

V8 Supercars[edit]

  • Matthew White (2007-2014) (Host/Lead Commentator)
  • Mark Larkham (2007-2014) (Pit reporter)
  • Mark Beretta (2007-2014) (Host/MC/Commentator/Pit reporter)
  • Aaron Noonan (2007-2014)(Host/Commentator/Pit reporter/Sports updates)
  • Neil Crompton (2007-2014)(Host/Commentator & V8 Xtra Host)
  • Mark Skaife (2009-2014) (Expert commentator)
  • Riana Crehan (2012-2014) (Pit reporter)
  • Grant Denyer (2007-2011) (Pit reporter)
  • Greg Murphy (2013-2014) (Pit reporter/Expert commentator)
  • Tom Williams (2007-2014) (reporter, occasionally)
  • Tahan Lew Fatt (2014) (V8 Xtra reporter)
  • Chad Neylon (2014)(Support Races Commentator)
  • Kylie King (2007-2014) (reporter)
  • Briony Ingerson (2007-2011) (Pit reporter)

Golf[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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