ABC TO CONTINUE UNRIVALLED COVERAGE OF WNBL IN 2014/15

ABC TO CONTINUE UNRIVALLED COVERAGE OF WNBL IN 2014/15

The Wattle Valley Women’s National Basketball League and the ABC will continue one of the longest free-to-air broadcast partnerships in Australian sport, with the ABC set to continue its unrivalled coverage of women’s basketball into the 2014/15 WNBL season.

Action tips off this Saturday afternoon with a blockbuster match-up between the Dandenong Rangers and Melbourne Boomers on ABC1 from 3:00pm nationally – LIVE into Victoria, NSW, Tasmania and the ACT.

Continuing the landmark broadcast deal signed last year, the ABC will once again deliver for fans:

  • One game a week shown in full across a two-hour program at 3:00pm nationally on ABC1, with a number of games going LIVE into Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and ACT;
  • All WNBL finals broadcast in full also on ABC1; and
  • Games on-demand through ABC's popular catch up channel iView for up to 14 days after broadcast.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Anthony Moore said the Wattle Valley WNBL was proud to continue its long-standing relationship with the ABC for the 35th consecutive season.

“We’re proud to call ABC TV the home of Australian basketball,” Mr Moore said.

“In the last year alone, the ABC has delivered unprecedented coverage of Australian basketball at the highest level – including the 2014 FIBA World Cup and Championships, the 2014 Sino-Australia Challenge and the 2013 FIBA Oceania Qualifier.

“We’re delighted to have the ABC with us as we head into this WNBL season buoyed by the phenomenal performances of the Jayco Opals at the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women in Turkey.

“The strength of the WNBL is highlighted with nine of those 12 bronze medal winning Jayco Opals in action during the upcoming WNBL season.  A great reason to watch the WNBL live on ABC TV.”

ABC Executive Producer TV Sport & Events Kirsty Bradmore said the ABC was proud to continue broadcasting world class basketball on free-to-air television in Australia.

“Season 2014/15 is one of the best schedules the Wattle Valley WNBL has seen in many years,” Ms Bradmore said.

“With star players on the rosters of all WNBL teams, an even competition is sure to make for some exciting television over the coming season.”

The 2014/15 Wattle Valley WNBL season tips off this Friday, 17 October, with the University of Canberra Capitals heading south to take on the Melbourne Boomers at the State Basketball Centre.

For all the latest news on the 2014/15 Wattle Valley WNBL season be sure to visit the WNBL website at www.wnbl.com.au, Facebook or Twitter.

Click here to see the full 2014/15 Wattle Valley WNBL fixture including broadcast times.