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Fox Sports will remain home of A-League until at least 2023 after new deal

Fox Sports will remain home of A-League until at least 2023 after new broadcast deal

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Source: FOX SPORTS

FOX SPORTS will be the home of the A-League until at least 2023 after agreeing to a new broadcast deal with Football Federation Australia worth $346 million.

FOX SPORTS, Foxtel and News Corp have substantially increased their financial commitment to football as part of a deal described by FFA chairman Steven Lowy as a ?quantum leap?.

Under the terms of the new six-year deal:

- FOX SPORTS remains the undisputed home of Australian football after agreeing to broadcast all A-League games live on Foxtel TV, Foxtel Go & Foxtel Play services,

- Socceroos, Matildas, W-League and FFA Cup matches will continue to be broadcast on the Foxtel platform,

- One A-League match will be broadcast live on free to air television on Saturday nights in a deal to be concluded next year.

The Socceroos will remain on Fox Sports.The Socceroos will remain on Fox Sports.Source: AAP
Return at 2.15pm  for a live stream of the announcement from FFA HQ, or follow the best bits in the blog below.

Chief executive Patrick Delany said FOX SPORTS was excited by the opportunity of taking football in Australia to the next level.

?Today?s announcement sees FOX SPORTS remain the home of football in Australia,? Delany said. ?We have been there from the beginning, and

Club Captain Matt McKay re-signs

Club Captain Matt McKay re-signs

With 207 Hyundai A-League games to date, Matt McKay has extended his contract with BRFC.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016  - 
@brisbaneroar


Club Captain and games record holder Matt McKay has signed a one-year contract extension with Brisbane Roar Football Club.

McKay put pen to paper to extend his contract into what will be his 11th Hyundai A-League season with Brisbane Roar.

?I am very happy and proud to be staying with the Brisbane Roar for another season. When the club approached me it was an easy decision. I'm a Brisbane boy and love the city," McKay said.

?More importantly, I believe in the group of players we have at the Roar. From the coaching staff to the players, I can sense a real drive and hunger to succeed. I'm determined to continue building our great club and win more titles.?

A true club legend, his leadership qualities both on and off the pitch are admired throughout the playing group.

McKay captained the Roar to the club's inaugural Hyundai A-League Premiership and Championship in the 2010/11 season, before leading the Roar to their third title in four seasons in 2013/14.

BRFC Football Director Craig Moore praised McKay for his dedication to Brisbane and his professional attitude.

"We are delighted that Matty has signed on for the 2017/18 season, he is a leader of our pl

Holman out for 6 weeks

Tweeted by Vince Rugari -

"Big blow for Brisbane Roar: Brett Holman had surgery on his injured knee this week. Out for 6 weeks."

https://twitter.com/VinceRugari/status/804154323013799936

Ipswich-based Western Pride poised to join A-League expansion fight

Ipswich-based Western Pride poised to join A-League expansion fight

http://www.news.com.au/sport/football/ipswichbased-western-pride-poised-to-join-aleague-expansion-fight/news-story/11bf21adf44f99f97fcfd397d14d89ad

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While the Strikers have made no secret of their intention to be part of an expanded A-League, the Pride have gone about their business quietly as they wait for Football Federation Australia to unveil the criteria bidders must satisfy. Those criteria will reportedly be released early next year, and that?s when the Pride will make a final decision on whether to formally apply to join Brisbane Roar in flying Queensland?s flag in the national competition. ?We?d love to be part of the A-League but only if we can sustain it, and until we see the criteria, we won?t know,? Pride general manager Pat Boyle said.

But there?s no doubt the Pride are making plans. Boyle said influential Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale had helped secure wealthy potential investors.The Pride are also conducting a feasibility study in determining where their potential home ground should be. A boutique Springfield stadium and a redeveloped North Ipswich Reserve have been identified as two possibilities.Boyle said Suncorp Stadium, the home of the Roar and where Strikers chairman Bruce Atterton-Evan

A-League expansion latest news: Auckland City to put their hands up for a spot

A-League expansion latest news: Auckland City to put their hands up for a spot in the A-League

Source: AAP

PLENTY of interested parties have thrown their name into the hat as talk of A-League expansion grows louder by the day. But now a new candidate has emerged.

Oceania powerhouses Auckland City FC will put their hands up to join the A-League, but only if they have support from Football Federation Australia.

New Zealand?s most successful club is taking initial soundings to join another Kiwi club, Wellington Phoenix, in the Australian competition. Auckland might be outside the square of FFA?s current thinking, given the previous difficulties of the New Zealand Knights, which folded after two unsuccessful A-League campaigns in 2007.

With a population of 1.5 million ? the biggest untapped market in the region ? Auckland has a powerhouse club ready to join the A-League.

Next month, City head to Japan to attend their eighth FIFA Club World Cup off the back of a sixth-straight continental success.

Auckland City FC chairman Ivan Vuksich says the club was keen to test themselves in the A-League.

?We?d obviously like to be involved but it?s been difficult to pick up when they?re calling for expressions of interest,? he told AAP.

?We keep hearing they?re looking at a 2018/19 entry and that?s quite a way off.

?We?ve made some tentative enquiries and talked to funders b

Jamie Maclaren rejects Brisbane Roar offer

JAMIE Maclaren?s Brisbane Roar future is in extreme doubt after he rejected the club?s bid to re-sign him.

The Socceroos striker is off contract at the end of the season, and having had their offer spurned, the Roar could seek to sell Maclaren in January to ensure he doesn?t leave the club for nothing.

The former Tottenham, Liverpool, Inter Milan and Celtic forward recently announced that he was leaving LA Galaxy after six years with the Major League Soccer club.

Dominguez, already disappointed with the amount offered by the Roar to Maclaren to stay in Brisbane, was further dismayed by the possibility of Keane?s arrival, believing it will lead to his client being benched, and therefore stalling his career at club and national team level.

?It?s a disgusting offer ? and it?s highly disrespectful,? Dominguez said of the multi-year contract the Roar presented to Maclaren.

?He?d be the lowest paid of any of the top strikers in the A-League.

?And then for the club to be interested in Robbie Keane, it?s an insult to a kid (Maclaren) who scored 20 goals last season.?

Roar managing director Mark Kingsman said there was room to manoeuvre if Dominguez was interested.

?In any negotiations, normally the club makes an offer, the agent wants a higher amount and you meet somewhere in the middle,? Kingsman said.

?The work our coach John Aloisi has put into Jamie has turned him into a bett
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