Soc­cer’s pay TV lift

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

SOC­CER boss David Gal­lop is ex­pect­ing a huge boost in A-League TV rat­ings next sea­son as a re­sult of Fox Sports’ new deal with Aus­tralian cricket.

Gal­lop says pay-TV sub­scribers who of­ten can­cel their ser­vices after the NRL and AFL grand fi­nals un­til the start of the fol­low­ing sea­sons are now more likely to sign up for 12 months.

Soc­cer will be com­pet­ing against cricket over the sum­mer months but more homes will have Fox­tel boxes to watch soc­cer.

“It will be a good re­sult for us in terms of rat­ings,” Gal­lop said. “The more peo­ple who have Fox Sports, the bet­ter it is for us.”

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