Football NSW set the benchmark for league coverage against rival states

Football NSW have committed to providing the best coverage for their state as National Premier Leagues NSW Men’s competitions get underway this weekend.

Football NSW will be on hand to deliver up-to-date media information as Round 1 kicks off, catering for all fans and players alike.

Passionate NPL journalists will completing previews and reviews each week, alongside quality photographers who be around the grounds getting the best action shots. All of this will be shared on the offical NPL NSW Men’s website, as well as social media channels Facebook and Twitter.

To complete the vast coverage, Football NSW will broadcast every match live and compatible on all devices. Throughout the 2020 NPL NSW Men’s season including the Under 20’s, a huge 288 matches will be covered. Commentators will also be there to call all the highs, lows and exciting moments that will shape who takes home silverware.

Football NSW CEO Stuart Hodge praised the contributions of the Football NSW Media team and their consistency in producing content on a yearly basis.

“Football NSW has always led the way with our coverage of the National Premier Leagues,” he said.

“Our team of reporters provide fans with the most in-depth coverage of any NPL competition in the country and it’s fantastic to see an expanded team onboard for 2020.

“Similarly, we are now into our fourth season of live broadcasts of NPL NSW fixtures.

“We set the benchmark in this area and are proud to have also assisted our colleagues in other states – creating a smorgasbord of live NPL broadcasts across the country.

“We are continually looking to improve our offering and 2020 will be a landmark year for NPL broadcasts.

Football NSW Media Manager Mark Stavroulakis spoke about how he expects the 2020 NPL NSW Men’s season to be one of the best and most competitive years to date, meaning more people will want to watch.

“What a year it will be in the NPL NSW Men’s competition as each of our clubs have recruited very well and will no doubt put their best efforts forward in playing a great brand of football for their passionate fans showcasing how good this league really is,” he said.

“It is a unique competition that we here at Football NSW take very seriously and that is reflected by the professionalism shown by our hardworking and dedicated media personnel flying the flag for Football NSW at each of the matches week in week out.

“The quality promotion about our elite Men’s competition such as our recent collaboration with Chad Gibson’s Local FC amongst a number of other initiatives has been the talk of the town with so much interest centered around the first whistle set to blow this Saturday evening at Lambert Park.

“We take pride in what we do at Football NSW and promoting leagues such as the Men’s as well as the Women’s elite NPL competitions continues to improve and develop year upon year.”

NPL NSW matches and highlights can found on their official Facebook page and Youtube channel.

You can also sign up to the NPL NSW newsletter that gives you all the match day programs, previews and reviews for each weekend of the season.

Liam Watson is the Managing Editor at Soccerscene. He reports widely on football policy, industry matters and technology.

Sky Sports extends rights to NIFL

The Northern Ireland Football League has announced that Sky Sports will be the exclusive broadcaster of Football in the region once again.

The Northern Ireland Football League has announced that Sky Sports will once again be the exclusive broadcaster of top-flight football in the region for the next three years.

The Irish League has had a long-lasting partnership with Sky over the years and the agreement will see the relationship in place until the end of the 2024/25 season.

The new agreement will see four Danske Bank Premiership fixtures and the BetMcLean League Cup final broadcast live across the UK & Ireland each season.

Northern Ireland Football Chief Executive, Gerard Lawlor:

“We sincerely thank Sky Sports for their continued backing of our game and we look forward to showcasing some of the best NI Football League matches together over the next three seasons,” he said.

“To continue to have the invaluable support of such a high-profile broadcaster shows how far our league has progressed in recent years as we bring our game to an increasing audience of loyal fans.

“The NI Football League brand is continuing to grow outside of the confines of Northern Ireland, and through Sky Sports, many football fans are now becoming more familiar with the rich history of our clubs and as well as some of the household names that have played in the Irish League.”

Sky Sports Director of Football, Gary Hughes:

“As a long-term partner to the Northern Ireland Football League, we’re delighted to extend Sky Sports’ support of the league and ensure that its entertaining action continues to be available to our customers,” he said.

“Sky Sports customers will be able to enjoy the Northern Ireland Football league alongside our ever-expanding football offering in the UK & Ireland which includes over 500 live games in 2022, from the Premier League, EFL, Scottish Premiership and FA Women’s Super League as well as international action in the form of World Cup Qualifiers, and this month’s Africa Cup of Nations – placing Sky Sports as the home of live football.”

Valencia CF presents revised stadium upgrade plans

Valencia CF President Anil Murthy has stated the club will not deliver a “low-cost stadium” after holding talks with Mayor Joan Ribó over reviving the long-running Nuevo Mestella project.

Valencia CF President Anil Murthy has stated the club will not deliver a “low-cost stadium” after holding talks with Mayor Joan Ribó over reviving the long-running Nuevo Mestella project.

Valencia’s stadium, the Nuevo Mestalla, was originally under construction in 2009. However, over the last 12 years, due to financial issues and negotiation breakdowns, construction has never been completed and the situation has become known as one of the world’s most notorious stadium projects.

Murthy presented revised plans to a Council delegation led by Ribó, with the club seeking to recommence work on the stadium in order to ensure it retains the advantages granted to it under an ATE construction license given in 2012.

The plans presented to the council include a stadium capacity between 43,000 to 46,000, expandable to 60,000. The stadium would have a second ring dedicated almost exclusively to leisure and restaurant offerings, while the roof will be fitted with solar panels in an effort to drive sustainability.

Valencia Mayor, Joan Ribo:

“Initially it is proposed for a capacity comparable to that which the (Mestalla) stadium currently has (48,500), but expandable to 62,000 spectators. But I think this is not the fundamental element,” he said.

“The fundamental element is the novelty of this second ring that has seemed to me to be a remarkable element that is not in many football stadia. They propose a roof that is made of photovoltaic panels, which is an example at that level that I want to value.

“They have assured us that they have guarantees with the bank where they have the debt, which is now Caixabank.

“They have presented us with a calendar where in June 2022 the works of the sports centre would begin, in October 2022 the start of the works of the stadium and in August 2024 the inauguration of the new Mestalla. The calendar seems realistic and possible, but if it is not met, they will listen to us.”

In December, Valencia revealed plans to use funds from LaLiga’s strategic venture, with global investment fund CVC Capital Partners to help finance the construction of its new stadium. Valencia is reportedly set to receive approximately $189 million AUD from LaLiga as part of the LaLiga Impulso venture. $125 million of which is set to head to the stadium project.

Valencia CF President, Anil Murthy:

“The meeting has been very positive. After the two meetings with the Generalitat, today we have taken an important step by formally presenting the project we have to the important institution, which is the City Council,” he said.

“We have agreed on recommencing work as soon as possible, after presenting the project to the Generalitat and the City Council.

“Nobody talks about a low-cost stadium. It’s going to be a stadium that’s going to give a lot of people a lot of hope and it’s going to mean a lot of investment in the city. It’s going to be something different and something attractive.”

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