As announced today at the Official Season Launch, FOX Sports, in conjunction with the WNBL, has released the broadcast schedule for 2017/18.
Find the full schedule here.
The 2017/18 season, tipping off on Thursday, October 5, will be shortened to a three-month regular season with teams playing 21 games across 13 rounds before the finals are held in January.
The broadcast deal with FOX Sports will see 23 games shown LIVE this season, predominantly on Saturday afternoon at 3.00pm AEST.
That includes all finals games with the Semi-Finals and Grand Final now played over a best-of-three series.
“After a two-year absence from TV, the league is thrilled that FOX Sports will provide us with a platform to showcase Australia’s longest running elite female competition,” said Head of WNBL, Sally Phillips.
All eight teams will have a televised game within the first eight rounds, starting with the Deakin Melbourne Boomers hosting the JCU Townsville Fire in Round 1 as 2012 Olympic team mates and winners of six of the past seven MVP’s in Liz Cambage and Suzy Batkovic meet on court.
The Bendigo Bank Spirit will then welcome the Perth Lynx in Round 2 before the defending Champions, Brydens Sydney Uni Flames, travel to the Jayco Dandenong Rangers in Round 4.
Round 8 features a double-header courtesy of a Cluster Round in Melbourne with the University of Canberra Capitals facing the Spirit before the Rangers host the MAC Adelaide Lightning.
“This is a truly great day for the WNBL,” said Basketball Australia CEO, Anthony Moore.
“We are absolutely delighted to partner with FOX Sports and the vote of confidence to commit to be our exclusive broadcast partner is overwhelming.
“The WNBL athletes are globally elite including Opals, Olympians and MVP’s and we look forward to Fox Sports joining us in continuing to tell their story.
“We have got a new format for this season and the quality of the talent coming into the league makes it one of the biggest and most exciting in WNBL history.”
“We are so thrilled with our engagement in basketball and our WNBL deal,” added FOX Sports CEO, Patrick Delany.
“It is a fabulous partnership and we are very proud to have it on air.”