The Australian television channel Channel Nine
currently shows NRL
games each week of the NRL season. Friday Night Football
consists of two games every Friday night, one live, one on delay, starting from 7.30pm in New South Wales and Queensland, and one game of Sunday Football
from 4.00pm (NSW and Qld). In Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, Nine's games usually air after midnight, and depending on its other sporting commitments, sometimes not at all.
Although it has come under criticism for not showing certain teams (the Cowboys
did not appear on Channel 9's football coverage for 9 years), Channel Nine Queensland
shows some Broncos
game, even if Channel Nine would not be showing it network-wide. Because of contractual arrangements with Foxtel
for Saturday night games, sometimes Broncos games do not appear until 11.00pm on Saturday nights. On several occasions during the 2007 season, Channel Nine has not shown Broncos games at all, electing to telecast games featuring non-Queensland based clubs instead (round 11 saw Channel Nine telecast Penrith Panthers
v. Wests Tigers
instead of Brisbane Broncos v. Newcastle Knights
In the past, regional station NBN
has aired nearly all Newcastle Knights (and also Gold Coast Chargers
) games, including those aired on Foxtel and even live from New Zealand television. In the past few years, they have only aired the games Nine are telecasting.
The normal commentary line up is: