Fox League

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Fox League
Fox league.svg
Launched 27 February 2017
Owned by Fox Sports Pty Limited
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan We're a FOX sporting nation
Country Australia
Language English
Replaced Fox Sports 2
Sister channel(s) Fox Sports
Fox Footy
Fox Cricket
Fox Sports News
Availability
Satellite
Foxtel Channel 502 (SD/HD)
Channel 206 (SD)
Cable
Foxtel Channel 502 (SD/HD)
Channel 206 (SD)
Optus TV Channel 502 (SD)
Channel 206 (HD)
IPTV
Foxtel Play Channel 502
Streaming media
Foxtel Go Channel 502

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]

History[edit]

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[edit]

Event coverage[edit]

Sports programming on Fox League includes the following:

Special events[edit]

News and analysis programming[edit]

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

Former programming[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Network executives announced a number of key hosting personnel at the public launch of the station on 16 February 2017.[12][13]

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.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "2017 DRAW Intrust Super Premiership NSW". NSW Rugby League. 24 January 2017. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ "Fox League 2017: TV schedule, programs, guide". 16 February 2017. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "Fox League: The Juicy Details". News.com.au. 16 February 2016. 
  14. ^ 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. 

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