1. Three additional teams will help form a National Netball League
In addition to the existing five teams, three new franchises will join the competition.
2. Which means more opportunities for young players
Obviously more women will be needed to make up the teams, so a greater number of young netballers will be given the chance to play in the big time.
3. Two of the new teams will be tied to sporting giants Melbourne Storm (NRL) and Collingwood Magpies (AFL)
The pair have been named as preferred bidders for the new franchises, which is massive, because they’re two of the biggest clubs in the country. Storm’s team will be based at their Sunshine Coast facilities and run in conjunction with the University of the Sunshine Coast. Collingwood has a membership of over 70,000 people, while the Storm are the only league team in Victoria and draw from a huge fan base.
4. The third team will be run by Netball NSW in an alliance with AFL club GWS Giants
Western Sydney is an area growing rapidly in population, while the Giants are a team on the rise. The new netball club will have access to a ton of new players and supporters.
5. This adds up to more fans, but also means players will have access to incredible facilities
6. Are you ready for the best bit? There’s a big TV deal to go along with the new league.
Channel Nine will show two games live per week in a prime time Saturday double header, while Telstra TV will show the other two games. All games will be broadcast live through the Netball Live app. Kate Palmer, Chief Executive of Netball Australia, said:
“This is the most significant broadcasting rights agreement in the history of Australian women’s sport."
She’s not wrong.
7. It all equals more exposure for netball
More teams, more fans, and more players taking up the sport.
8. The existing ANZ Championship will be dissolved, with Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand going their separate ways.
It was hoped that the Trans-Tasman comp would carry on the Australia New Zealand sporting rivalry, but it never really hit. Rivalries between the Australian teams generated the most heat (as is the case with Super Rugby). Now we’ll have the added sting of a second Sydney team.
9. The TV deal means more international netball for your eyeballs
The Fast5 Netball World Series, to be held in Melbourne this October, will be the first event to be broadcast under the new agreements with Nine and Telstra. The Quad Series (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England) and the Constellation Cup (Australia v New Zealand) will also be shown on Nine.