ABC Sport is the name given to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's sport programming broadcasts on ABC Television and ABC Radio. From November 2020 the brand includes the former ABC Radio Grandstand.[1]

ABC Sport
NetworkABC Television
Launched1956; 68 years ago (1956)
OwnerAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
HeadquartersSydney, New South Wales
Sister networkABC TV
ABC Entertains
ABC iview
Official websiteABC Sport

Since 2021, ABC Sport is a section of the ABC News website (part of ABC Online).[2] As of 2023, ABC Sport has no sports rights.




Sport Event Broadcast partner(s) Date Reason/subsequent broadcasters
Summer Olympics Melbourne 1956
Rome 1960
Tokyo 1964
Mexico 1968
Munich 1972
Montreal 1976
Seven (1956, 1972, 1976)
Ten (1968)
Nine (1956, 1972, 1976)
1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976 Dropped: Seven
American football National Football League 1980s–1990s Dropped: Seven, ESPN
Super Bowl 1980s–1990s Dropped: Seven, ESPN
Association football A-League[3] Fox Sports 2013–2017(ABC Radio), 2019–2021 Dropped: Network 10, Paramount+ Sports
Matildas Internationals[3] Fox Sports, SBS (2019–2021) 2008–2016, 2019–2021 Dropped: Network 10, Paramount+ Sports
Socceroos Internationals[3] Fox Sports, SBS (2019–2021) 2014–2015, 2019–2021 Dropped: Network 10, Paramount+ Sports
W-League[3] Fox Sports 2008–2016, 2019–2021 Dropped: Network 10, Paramount+ Sports
FIFA World Cup Seven Network (1974), SBS (1982) 1974–1982 Dropped: TBA
English Premier League 1970s–1990s Dropped: Optus Sport
National Soccer League[4] C7 Sport 2001 Replaced by the A-League
AFC Asian Cup[5] Fox Sports 2015 Dropped: Network 10, Paramount+ Sports
FA Cup 1970s–1990s Dropped: Optus Sport
Sydney FC v Liverpool FC Match 2017 Dropped: TBA
Australian rules AFL (formerly VFL) Seven Network HSV7 (1957–1986), Nine Network GTV9 Melbourne (1957–1986), Network 10 TEN10 Sydney (1987), TVQ10 Brisbane (1987) 1957–1987 Dropped: Seven, Fox Footy
NEAFL 2007–2014 Dropped: Seven
NTFL 2005–2014 Dropped: Seven Network
SANFL 1988–2014 Dropped: Seven
TSL 2009–2014 Dropped: Seven Network
VFL (formerly VFA) 1987–2014 Dropped: Seven Network
WAFL TVW7 (1963–1987) 1987–2014 Dropped: Seven
Baseball Australian Baseball League Network Ten (1990s–1996) 1989–1999
Claxton Shield 1970s–1988
Basketball FIBA Men's World Cup 2014 Dropped: TBA
FIBA Oceania Championship for Men 2013 Dropped: TBA
FIBA Women's World Cup 2014 Dropped: TBA
FIBA Oceania Championship for Women 2013 Dropped: TBA
National Basketball Association 1983–1991 Dropped: ESPN, Kayo Sports
Women's National Basketball Association 1991–1999 Dropped: ESPN, Kayo Sports
National Basketball League Fox Sports 1979–2001, 2017–2018 Dropped: ESPN, Kayo Sports
Women's National Basketball League Fox Sports 1981–2015, 2020–2022 Dropped: ESPN, Kayo Sports
Commonwealth Games Cardiff 1958, Perth 1962, Kingston 1966, Edinburgh 1970, Christchurch 1974, Edmonton 1978, Brisbane 1982, Edinburgh 1986 Nine (1982), Network Ten (1986) 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986 Dropped: Seven (2022)
Cricket Sheffield Shield 1970s–1990s Dropped: Cricket Network, Fox Sports (final only)
Test cricket Nine Network 1960s–1979 Dropped: Seven and Fox Sports
Women's Twenty20 International 2012 Dropped: Seven and Fox Sports
Field hockey Hockey World Cup 2014 Dropped: Fox Sports
Golf Australian Ladies Masters 2017
British Open 1970s–1980s Dropped: Fox Sports
PGA Tour 2019
Women's Australian Open Golf 2021 Dropped: Fox Sports
Lawn bowls Domestic and International Australian Lawn Bowls 1981–2011
Netball Commonwealth Bank Trophy C7 Sport (1997–2002) 1997–2007
INF Netball World Cup 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007 Dropped: Nine (2019)
Netball Test Series 1990s–2007 Dropped: Nine
Paralympic Games Paralympic Games 1970s–2013 Dropped: Seven
Rugby league NSWRL Seven ATN7 1971–1982 0-10 Network 1973–1979 Network 10 1980–1991 Nine Network 1961–1972, 1983, 1992–1995 19611995 Dropped: Nine & Fox Sports
Australia national rugby league team Nine 1957–1977, Seven ATN7 1978–1982, 0-10 Network 1979, Network 10 1980 1957–1982 Dropped Nine 1983–1989, 1994–present, Network 10 1990, Seven Network 1991–1993 Fox Sports 1998–present
1986 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, 1990 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France French leg Network 10 British leg 1986, 1990
Queensland Cup Fox Sports 1996–2012 Dropped: Nine & Fox Sports
Rugby union Australia national rugby union team 1957–1991 Dropped Nine, Stan Sport
Rugby World Cup 1987, 1991 Dropped: Nine, Stan Sport (2023)
British and Irish Lions in Australia 1959, 1966, 1989 Dropped: Nine, Stan Sport (2025)
Shute Shield 1996–2014 Dropped: Stan Sport
Tennis Hopman Cup 1995–2010

Sports news programs

ABC camera man filming a WNBL game

The program Offsiders is first broadcast on the ABC on Sunday mornings, that reviews 8 debates the previous week's action. ABC News has Grandstand TV hosted by Peter Wilkins on weeknights at 5:30 pm[citation needed] and That Pacific Sports Show focusing on the latest news from the region.



ABC Sport also hold the radio rights to several Australian and international sporting events, including Australian Football League, National Rugby League, A-League, Super Rugby, Olympics, Australian international cricket games and selected Ford Ranger One-Day Cup games, amongst other major sporting events.

Staff and commentators


Australian Football League


ABC Sport's coverage of the AFL is the flagship sports programme in the southern states. Every game of the season is called by the ABC and is available live nationally on the ABC listen app via the AFL and AFL Extra channels. National radio coverage for games outside the home state is determined by the match with the highest appeal or if there is no clash with other games. ABC Local Radio stations and ABC Sport Digital on DAB+ in the NT, SA, VIC, TAS and WA carry the AFL whilst only local matches are on ABC Radio in the ACT, NSW and QLD, whereas non-local matches in are carried on ABC NewsRadio. The ABC Sport coverage uses "Something Big is Coming" by SATV Music as their 2024 theme song.

The ABC personnel involved in the coverage of the 2024 AFL season include:


  • Corbin Middlemas
  • Matt Clinch
  • Ben Cameron
  • Kelli Underwood
  • Andrew Mayes
  • Joel Peterson
  • Lauren Bordin
  • Brett Sprigg (NSW)
  • Daniel Garb (NSW)
  • Quentin Hull (NSW, QLD)
  • Michael Price (QLD)
  • Aaron Bryans (SA)
  • Neil Cross (SA)
  • Clint Wheeldon (WA)
  • Mitch Turner (WA)
  • Chris Rowbottam (TAS)
  • Michael Maney (TAS)
  • Rob Cross (NT)



  • Lauren Bordin
  • Tim Hodges
  • Jess Webster
  • Rory Campbell
  • Ian Cohen
  • Tom Maddocks
  • Ben Cameron
  • Andrew Mayes
  • Declan Byrne (NSW)
  • Poppy Penny (NSW)
  • Adam Shirley (NSW)
  • Zane Bojack (QLD)
  • Jamie Stanton (QLD)
  • Liz Walsh (SA)
  • Josh Money (SA)
  • Braden Ingram (SA)
  • Bridget Lacy (WA)
  • Akash Fotedar (WA)
  • Andrew Cooling (TAS)
  • Charlie King (NT)


Victorian Football League



  • Darrem Boyd (Commentator)
  • Peter Donegan (Commentator)
  • Peter Marcato (Commentator)
  • David Lithgow (Commentator)
  • David Rhys-Jones (Commentator)
  • Phil Cleary (Expert Commentator/Boundary Commentator, 1991–2014)
  • Gary Ayres
  • Peta Searle
  • Ed Lower
  • Gerald Fitzgerald
  • Andy Collins
  • Rob Waters (Commentators)
  • Ross Booth (Boundary Commentator)



Sports coverage and programs made by ABC Sport have been won and been nominated for several awards at the Logie Awards.

See also



  1. ^ "Grandstand Summer of Cricket now on ABC SPORT". radioinfo. Retrieved 3 June 2021.
  2. ^ "[Home page]". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d "ABC strikes deal with FFA to become free-to-air home of football in Australia". ABC News. 3 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Evidence that Channel 7 intended to damage soccer (?)". Austadiums. 27 October 2005. Retrieved 16 August 2023.
  5. ^ "Annual Report 2006–07" (PDF). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 1 November 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 6 December 2007.