The AFL and NRL seasons may almost be done but that doesn’t have to be the end of your sports watching. Foxtel offers far more than just those two codes, boasting a wide range of other sports for customers to explore during the winter sports off season.
From elite U.S. team sports to chaotic motorsport, homegrown hopefuls in tennis to witnessing the greatest global rivalry this summer with the Ashes, there’s something for everyone. And with much of Australia still in lockdown, now might be the time to get really into a new sport.
Take a look below at some of the upcoming seasons that Foxtel has to offer!
Escape Australia with U.S. Sports
When Australian favourites AFL and NRL finish up, U.S. Sports are just getting started; it’s probably the best thing about the seasonal differences between the two countries. And with more U.S. sports on offer than anywhere else*, ESPN on Foxtel is the best place to catch all the action.
NFL (September 10th)
Foxtel offers an average of 6 regular season games of NFL action live each week. Beat the weekday blues with Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football, and recover from your hangover with Sunday Night Football, all exclusive to ESPN. You’ll also be able to see all Postseason games, including the Pro Bowl and the all-important Super Bowl in February 2022.
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Last season, the indefatigable quarterback Tom Brady somehow drove Tampa Bay Buccaneers to only their second Super Bowl title, battering Kansas City Chiefs. If he repeats the feat in 2021, at the ripe old age of 44, there will surely be no questioning his GOAT status.
NHL (October 13th)
The quintessential winter sport, Foxtel brings the finesse and thunder of ice hockey to you with every single game of the NHL regular season and post-season available on the ESPN App, which is available to all Foxtel Residential Sport customers for free. The league returns to its traditional October-to-April scheduling after last season was altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There’s an exciting new team too, Seattle Kraken looking to impress in their maiden season.
Tampa Bay Lightning won their second consecutive Stanley Cup last time out, defeating Montreal Canadiens 4-1. Indeed, a Canadian team hasn’t won the Stanley Cup since Montreal Canadiens all the way back in 1993, which is surely a national matter of indignation. Will they finally wrestle it back from their U.S. rivals this season?
NBA (October 20th)
With an average of 7 live regular seasons games per week, plus the best of the NBA playoffs, and every game of the finals, you’ll soon be an NBA expert, discussing the finer points of the great Jordan vs. LeBron debate, and why Giannis Antetokounmpo’s playing style is the future of the league. With Foxtel, you can stream or watch selected NBA games live.
Giannis led Milwaukee Bucks to their first title since 1971 in a low-key finals series last season but they’ll face stern competition from the frustrated star-studded LA Lakers and Brooklyn Nets this season. And make sure to keep an eye out on the Aussies flying the flag in the league, including Ben Simmons and Patty Mills.
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MLB (October 26th)
Historically America’s favourite ball game, every game of the World Series is available live on ESPN. Last year’s winners LA Dodgers are still in with a chance of retaining their title, but the team they defeated during that Series, Tampa Bay Rays, are looking in the mood for the revenge with a very strong regular season showing this year.
A Foxtel customer favourite, the Supercars Championship rolls on. Follow every practice, qualifying session, and race live with the added bonus of no ad-breaks during racing.
Foxtel will have full coverage of the most exciting event in the Supercars Championship calendar.
Kiwi driver Shane van Gisbergen will be the red-hot favourite to triumph at Bathurst, having won 11 out of the first 19 races of this season. Over a chaotic and exhausting 161 laps, though, anything can happen.
Summer of Cricket 2021/2022
We all love a bit of cricket, don’t we? Summer and Cricket just go together like peanut butter and jam, vegemite and cheese. Foxtel brings you every ball of every Test match, ODI, T20I, BBL, and Women’s International match this summer, with no ad-breaks interrupting play.
This summer you’ll also be able to witness one of the greatest global rivalries with the Ashes and, now in 4K Ultra HD for the first time ever**.
As Australia’s only dedicated 24/7 cricket channel, they also boast the best commentary team for the biggest games. Catch the action anywhere, anytime with Foxtel GO, and really immerse yourself in the action by watching it unfold in Ultra HD.
*Only Foxtel residential customers with the sports pack have access to ESPNU, SEC Network, ACC Network & ESPNews via the ESPN app.
**Requires iQ4 or iQ5, compatible 4K TV and Sports + HD packs.