Ten Sport

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Ten Sport
Ten Sport logo 2013.png
Division of: Network Ten
Major Broadcasting Contracts: Big Bash League
Formula One
Moto GP
Supercars Championship
Bledisloe Cup
Wallabies Internationals
Parent: Ten Network Holdings
Sister Channel: One
Website: tenplay.com.au/sport

Ten Sport (stylised as TEN Sport, known as Ten's World of Sport from 1992 until 1996) is the brand that all sporting events broadcast on Network Ten are broadcast under, including the former sport event team; the Logie Award winning AFL commentary team hosted by Stephen Quartermain.

All sport events were broadcast under the One HD banner from 2009-2011, until it no longer became a sole sports channel in early 2011.


In 1978, Network Ten used to air the Melbourne Cup but lost the rights in Early 2002 to the Seven Network after 24 years.

Ten used to air the National Rugby League (NRL) (then New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL)) in 1983 till 1991, but the Nine Network took over the rights.

In 1992, Network Ten also used to air the National Basketball League (NBL) during the middle of the basketball boom in Australia in the mid-90s, but after delegating games to extremely late night time slots the network eventually ended its broadcasting. In March 2010 however, it was announced that Network Ten and digital channel One would show NBL games for the next 5 years. Starting with 2 games per week, and raising to 5 per week in the 2014/15 season. It was also revealed that they would show Boomers and Opals games.

On 25 January 2001, Ten acquired partial broadcast rights for Saturday afternoon and Saturday night games in the Australian Football League, the elite Australian rules football competition, displacing the Seven Network which had held the rights for more than 40 years. The deal also assigned the exclusive rights for finals broadcasting to Network Ten. Ten subsequently placed a successful bid to jointly broadcast the game from 2007 to 2011, jointly with Seven. Ten ended broadcasting the AFL after the conclusion of the 2011 season, with its final broadcast the 2011 AFL Grand Final.

In 2003, Network Ten started broadcasting the Formula One World Championship after Channel Nine dropped the rights in 2002 after more than twenty years of coverage.

In 2007 they also started showing coverage of the qualification on tape delay early on Sunday mornings in most states. In 2008, Ten introduced live coverage of race day on its HD channel, Ten HD. All races from the 2008 French Grand Prix onwards have been shown live on what is now channel One. As a result, standard definition coverage has enjoyed less focus and now airs at a later time.

Network Ten broadcast the AFL and the 2007 Rugby World Cup in the 1080i High Definition format.[1] As of 2008, AFL matches have been shown in prime time in all capital cities except Sydney, which receives the telecast usually after 10:30pm unless the Sydney Swans are playing. Previously, all AFL matches were replayed into the Brisbane and Sydney markets, usually after 10:30pm unless the Brisbane Lions or Sydney Swans were playing. In 2007, all of the finals Network Ten were assigned to were shown live into both markets although neither the Lions or Swans were participating, thus putting it head to head with the NRL finals which were aired on the Nine Network. Before 2005, all finals were delayed into both markets unless their teams were playing.

Network Ten used to air WWF Raw, WWF Superstars and WWF Pay Per Views on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights between 1995 and 1999, but this ended when Foxtel bought the rights to air the shows. Originally WWF programming was aired on a week delay when broadcasting of the programming started in 1995. Until 1998, WWF Superstars was changed to a 6-month delay due to financial reasons with the exception of WWF RAW and WWF Pay per views.

Network Ten broadcasts major sporting events including; the Formula 1, AFL Premiership Season and Finals (In conjunction with the Seven Network and Foxtel), Moto GP World Championship, NASCAR (TEN HD from 2008), and the Red Bull Air Race World Series. Ten also holds the rights to the 2007 Rugby World Cup and the US Masters golf tournament.

As well as this, Network Ten, in joint partnership with subscription television provider Foxtel, had broadcast rights for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.[2]

First time realising the need to broadcast cricket in Australia to increase viewership, Network Ten bought the broadcast rights to the Indian Premier League (IPL) Cricket, which started on 18 April 2008. The network broadcast the event annually for the next 5 years although there is some doubt that the Australian contracted national players will be available for the tournament.[3]

Ten Sport won a Logie Award for "Most Popular Sport Program" at the 2012 TV Week Logie Awards. It was accepted by Stephen Quartermain and Mark Howard for Network Ten's Telecast of the 2011 Grand Final.

In November 2014 Network Ten signed Australia's Mixed Martial Arts event series BRACE to a multi event contract for live broadcasts on the TENplay digital platform www.tenplay.com.au/sport/brace


Ten Sport holds broadcast rights to the following events:


Sport Event Broadcast Partner(s) Date Notes
Cricket Big Bash League 2013– LIVE coverage of every game on Network TEN.
Cricket Women's Big Bash League 2015– Coverage of 12 games live on Ten/One.
Motor racing Formula One Fox Sports (2015–) 2003– LIVE coverage of 10 races on One/Ten with Australian race on Ten and the other 10 races in one hour highlights program at 9.30pm Mondays on One.[4]
Motor racing Moto GP Fox Sports (1997–2009, 2015–), Speed (2014) 1997– LIVE coverage of every race on One
Motor racing Supercars Championship Fox Sports (1997–2006, 2015–) 1997–2006, 2015– Live rights to Clipsal 500, Albert Park, Townsville 400, Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000, Gold Coast 600 and Newcastle 500 events on Ten. Plus highlights for every other round on Ten or One.[5]
Motor racing V8 Utes Fox Sports (Highlights, 2005–2006, Live, 2015–) 2005–2006, 2015– 2 races live per round for Clipsal 500, Townsville 400, Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000, Gold Coast 600 and Newcastle 500 with 1 hour highlight package for each round.
Rugby union Bledisloe Cup Fox Sports 1992–1995, 2013– Live coverage on Ten.
Rugby Union The Rugby Championship Fox Sports 2013– Live coverage on Ten.
Rugby union Super Rugby Fox Sports 2013– One Sunday Morning full match replay on One, plus a Monday Night highlights show on One.
Rugby union Wallabies Rugby Internationals Fox Sports 1992–1995, 2013– Live coverage on every match on Ten.
Soccer A-League Fox Sports 2017– Saturday night matches, as well as all finals[6]


Sport Event Broadcast Partner(s) Date Reason/Subsequent Broadcasters
Summer Olympics Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988 1984, 1988 Outbid: Seven Network
Winter Olympics Sarajevo 1984, Calgary 1988, Sochi 2014 1984, 1988, 2014 Outbid: Seven Network
Air Racing Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2007–2010
American football National Football League Fox Sports, ESPN 2008–2014 Dropped: 7mate, ESPN
American football Super Bowl ESPN 2009–2014 Dropped: Seven Network, ESPN
Australian rules football Australian Football League Nine Network (2002–2006), Fox Footy Channel (2002–2006), Seven Network (2007–2011), Fox Sports (2007–2011) 2002–2011 Outbid: Seven Network, Fox Footy
Australian rules football International Rules Series 2006, 2011 Dropped: Seven Network
Baseball Australian Baseball League ABC 1990s–1996
Baseball Major League Baseball Fox Sports, ESPN 2009–2013 Dropped: ESPN
Basketball NCAA College Basketball ESPN 2009–2010 Dropped: ESPN
Basketball FIBA Oceania Championship 2011
Basketball FIBA Oceania Championship for Women 2011
Basketball National Basketball Association ESPN (1996–1999, 2008–2011) 1992–1999, 2008–2011 Dropped: ESPN
Basketball National Basketball League Fox Sports (1995–1997) 1992–1997, 2010–2015 Dropped: Fox Sports
Basketball Women's National Basketball League ABC 1992–1990s Dropped: Fox Sports
Beach Cricket Beach Cricket Tri-Nations series 2007–2009
Commonwealth Games Victoria 1994, Delhi 2010, Glasgow 2014 Foxtel (2010) 1994, 2010, 2014 Outbid: Seven Network
Cricket Indian Premier League 2008–2010
Cricket Champions League Twenty20 2009–2010, 2013
Cricket Sheffield Shield ABC 1976
Cycling Herald Sun Tour SBS 2009, 2011 Dropped: SBS
Golf Australian Open Fox Sports 2009–2011 Dropped: Seven Network
Golf Australian PGA Championship 2009–2013 Dropped: Seven Network
Golf World Golf Championships 2009–2013 Dropped: Fox Sports
Golf New Zealand Open 2008–2012 Dropped: Fox Sports
Golf New Zealand PGA Championship 2008–2013
Golf Ryder Cup 2010–2012 Dropped: Fox Sports
Golf U.S. Open Fox Sports 2007–2011 Dropped: Fox Sports
Golf U.S. Masters 2007–2013 Dropped: Seven Network
Horse racing The Melbourne Cup Carnival Sky Racing 1978–2001 Outbid: Seven Network, Sky Racing
Motor Racing Nations Cup Fox Sports (Highlights) 2000–2002 Dropped: Seven Network
Motor Racing Australian Rally Championship Speed (2011–2014), Fox Sports (2015) 2011–2015 Dropped: Nine Network, Fox Sports
Motor Racing NASCAR 2008–2014 Dropped: Fox Sports
Motor Racing Superbike World Championship 1997–2006 Dropped: SBS, Speed
Motor Racing World Rally Championship Speed (2011–2014), Fox Sports (Live, 2015–) 2011–2015 Dropped: Fox Sports
Netball ANZ Championship Fox Sports (2015–2016) 2009–2012, 2015–2016
Netball INF Netball World Cup Fox Sports 1999, 2011, 2015 Dropped: Nine Network (2019)
Netball Constellation Cup Fox Sports (2015–2016) 2008–2011, 2015–2016 Dropped: Nine Network
Rugby League New South Wales Rugby League 1983–1991 Dropped: Nine Network, Fox Sports
Rugby League Amco Cup 1974–1989
Rugby League Winfield Cup Nine Network, ABC 1983–1991
Rugby Union British and Irish Lions Tour Fox Sports 2013 Dropped: Fox Sports
Rugby Union Rugby World Cup Fox Sports 1995, 2007 Outbid: TBA
Rugby union Wallabies Spring Tour Fox Sports, beIN Sports 1992–1995, 2012–2016 Dropped: SBS & beIN Sports
Rugby Union Super 10 1993–1995
Surfing Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Ironman Series 2010–2013 Dropped: Nine Network
Swimming Australian Swimming Championships 2009–2015 Dropped: Seven Network
Swimming Pan Pacific Swimming Championships 2010–2015 Dropped: Seven Network
Tennis Queensland Open 1987–1992
Tennis Sydney Indoor 1973–1994
Tennis Hopman Cup 2011–2013 Dropped: 7mate[7][8]
Wrestling WWE, WWF Raw, WWF Superstars, WWF pay per views Fox Sports 1995–1999 Dropped: Fox Sports (1998–2003), Fox8 (1999–present)
Yachting Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1980s–2004 Dropped: Seven Network


Ten Sport has presented the following recurring programmes:

Sport (Event) Program Years
All Thursday Night Live 2009–2010
All The Thursday Night Sport Show 2014
Australian Rules Football Before the Game 2003–2013
Australian Rules Football One Week at a Time (AFL) 2009–2011
Australian Rules Football The Fifth Quarter 2004–2011
Australian Rules Football The Game Plan (AFL) 2011–2012
Australian Rules Football The Final Siren 2011
Australian Rules Football Simply Footy 2002-2011 (Adelaide only)
Australian Rules Football Totally Footy 2002
Australian Rules Football The Western Front 2002-2011 (Perth only)
Basketball Air Time 1992-1997
Basketball Saturday & Sunday Basketball 1990s
Basketball MVP 2010
Motor Racing RPM 1997–2008, 2011, 2015-
Rugby League One Week at a Time (NRL) 2011
Rugby League The Game Plan (NRL) 2011–2013

Staff and commentators[edit]

Australian Football League[edit]

Ten Sport previously broadcast Australian Rules Football (2002–2011). The Ten Sport AFL commentary team, won the 2012 Silver Logie Award for "Most Outstanding Sport Program", for its telecast of the 2011 AFL Grand Final hosted by Stephen Quartermain.

The commentary team remained relatively unchanged over its 10-year telecast journey, notable mentions:

NOTE: Matches played in Tasmania, Canberra, Darwin or on the Gold Coast had either Mark Howard or Kelli Underwood as the Boundary Rider. Christi Malthouse would normally fill this role.

Commonwealth Games[edit]


From Glasgow Studio

From Melbourne (Commentators Lounge)


Various Ten programs including Toasted TV, Totally Wild, Puzzle Play, Huey's Kitchen, Neighbours, The 7PM Project, and Sports Tonight goes on hiatus during Ten's broadcast of the Commonwealth Games.


Supercars Championship

Formula 1

  • Matthew White (Host and Australian GP Main Commentator, 2015-)
  • Mark Webber (Australian GP Expert Analysis, 2014-)
  • Alan Jones (Expert Analysis, 2013–)
  • Tom Clarkson (Ground correspondent and Highlights Host)
  • James Allen (Ground correspondent and Highlights Host)
  • Mark Howard (Australia GP Pit Reporter, 2009-)
  • Richard Craill (Australian GP Support categories commentator 2012–present)

Moto GP



Rugby Union[edit]



2007 Rugby World Cup

National Basketball League[edit]

Big Bash League[edit]



Women's Big Bash League[edit]

  • Roz Kelly (Host/Boundary Commentator, 2016–present)
  • Andrew Maher (Host/Commentator, 2015–present)
  • Adam Gilchrist (Host/Commentator, 2016–present)
  • Mel Jones (Commentator, 2015–present)
  • Lisa Sthalekar (Commentator, 2015–present)
  • Belinda Clark (Guest Commentator, 2015–present)
  • Melinda Farrell (Guest Commentator, 2015–present)
  • Roger Oldridge (Boundary Commentator, 2015–present)
  • Mel McLaughlin (Host, 2015-2016)


Logo history[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ten gives HD sporting chance". The Australian. australianit.news.com.au. 7 December 2006. Retrieved 16 December 2006. 
  2. ^ "TEN and Foxtel win 2010 Commonwealth Games". TV Tonight. 16 January 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "Network Ten Wins Rights To Indian Premier League". Cricinfo. 11 February 2008. Retrieved 11 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Network Ten takes pole position in Formula 1" (PDF). Network Ten. 8 December 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2010. 
  5. ^ V8 Supercars signs $241m media rightsdeal with FOX SPORTS, Foxtel and Ten Networkfrom 2015, Fox Sports Australia, 18 December 2013
  6. ^ "A-League broadcast deal: Channel Ten, Fox Sports to take Australian football to more fans than ever". Fox Sports Australia. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  7. ^ TEN parts ways with Hopman Cup, TV Tonight, 18 November 2013
  8. ^ 7mate to serve up Hopman Cup action, The West Australian, 19 November 2013