Melbourne Victory choose SEN as media partner for Victory in Business

Melbourne Victory VIB

Melbourne Victory have recently announced that Sports Entertainment Network (SEN) will be the Official Media Partner of Victory in Business (VIB) for the 2023/24 season.

This partnership will allow any VIB members a chance to pay for advertising that will be played and viewed across all SEN platforms during VIB events. It will provide a network for VIB members to grow in and allow them to gain access to exclusive advertising opportunities.

SEN currently own broadcast rights to both A-League Men’s and Women’s competitions as well as Socceroos and Matildas home games, proving it has an extensive network and current relevance in the local football landscape.

SEN also provide a big audience and different avenues to view their content making it a very valuable partnership for Victory’s business side of the club.

Melbourne Victory Managing Director, Caroline Carnegie said that this collaboration will help Victory grow their network in VIB.

“We’re thrilled to have SEN partner with our business and networking program, to offer a new dimension to our network of close to 100 businesses,” Carnegie said viaVictory press release.

“One of the many goals of the VIB network is to connect like-minded businesses together to build relationships and develop synergies in an environment where businesses wouldn’t normally connect in.

“The chance to open our network to the wide range of advertising opportunities SEN can provide is exciting for everyone involved in VIB.”

SEN Chief Commercial Officer Daniel McGuire expressed his excitement for the potential for growth through this partnership.

“We are thrilled to partner with Melbourne Victory and Victory in Business and we’re looking forward to working closely together to open doors and connect business within their network,” McGuire added via press release.

“Whether it be via our national radio network or expanding digital platforms, SEN connects brands with fans and this initiative will provide the opportunity for different businesses to experience the wide reach the SEN can deliver.”

This partnership is a smart way for Melbourne Victory to involve their VIB members and expand their already impressive network of close to 100 businesses. It’s an exciting move for the VIB members who will be glad they can grab a huge advertising opportunity for their business.

Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program a key investment in Western Australia

Western Australia events are receiving significant support through the Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program 2023-24.

The WA State Government has invested over $630,000 to a host of sporting bodies across a vast number of codes.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • build capacity and capability of the sport and recreation workforce and volunteers to plan, secure and/or deliver quality sport and active recreation events
  • provide opportunities for talented WA athletes, coaches and officials to participate at a national and/or international level in their home environment
  • provide opportunities for the public to participate in sport and/or active recreation events
  • provide opportunities for regional Western Australians to experience and conduct major sporting events and sport development initiatives in a regional location.

The program comprises three categories:

  • event projects (up to $15,000)
  • event hosting (up to $50,000)
  • the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme (up to $30,000).

In Round 1 of the Sport and Recreation Events Funding Program 2023-24, one of the successful applicants was Football West, who ran 2024 Goldfields Regional Festival of Football – a seven-day community engagement event that improved football capacity in the wider Goldfields area. After receiving $24,200, Football West’s main goal is to increase participation in the region.

There is still time to apply for the next round of funding, which closes 5:00pm on February 26, 2024.

For full information and eligibility to apply, you can find it here.

WSL eyeing enormous 150% increase to broadcast rights deal

In a historic first for football in the UK, every single Women’s Super League match is set to be broadcasted live from next season across multiple channels.

The WSL tender document issued to broadcasters this month features all 132 league games, with 56 to be sold exclusively and the remaining 76 available on a non-exclusive basis.

Under the terms of the existing deal that expires at the end of the current season, Sky broadcast 35 matches-a-season and the BBC 22, with the rest streamed for free on the FA’s website.

The tender document is asking for a huge £20 million ($38.48 million) a year TV deal and this 150% increase to the value of its broadcasting deal is far from surprising following the explosion of the women’s game. This figure is set to be confirmed as soon as they can find the right suitors.

In an attempt to gain an increase from the existing £7.75 million ($14.91 million) a year deal, the WSL have responded by making every match available for broadcast, which the league hoped would attract bids from beyond current rights holders Sky Sports and the BBC, It looks to be working.

Sky Sports and the BBC are set to bid again on the rights and extend the current partnership whilst it is said that this potential deal is also attracting networks like TNT Sports and DAZN.

The Premier League and EFL have stood firm on the UEFA blackout that suggests all 3pm Saturday matches are not shown on TV, to encourage locals to attend matches in person. This means the WSL will have to work around it and it is likely that Saturday lunchtime and Sunday afternoons remain as the most common kick-off times.

There is little the WSL are having to do to persuade broadcasters into putting their hands up for these rights, which is a testament to the sport’s current growth and upward trajectory it is trending towards.

FA Director of Women’s football, Kelly Simmons, explained how important it was to secure this monumental broadcast deal.

“While we’ve been developing this it’s been so hard to sit on it because it’s so exciting for the women’s game. It is transformational,” Simmons said in an interview with Guardian Sport.

“When I first came into this role, we said that we really thought women’s football could really break into the mainstream and this is mainstream, this is prime slots on television, big audiences, week in week out.”

This deal in particular launches women’s football into the mainstream and helps improve the quality of the product which goes a long way to opening the eyes of a huge audience to its impact as a sport and socially.

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