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A-League boss makes contact with Network Ten

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Head of the A-League Greg O’Rourke confirmed the league has reached out to Network Ten in the wake of the network losing Big Bash League cricket rights.

The A-League is currently broadcast on ONE – Network Ten’s secondary channel – every Saturday night but suffered in the shadow of cricket’s BBL during the summer months.

The A-League boss told Afternoons that moving the league’s showpiece game every Saturday night to Channel 10 would result in a significant upswing in viewer numbers.

‘We’ve been speaking to (Network Ten) but I think they’re still a little bit shell-shocked after losing the cricket,” O’Rourke said.

“I’ve spoken to their chief operating officer and it’s very clear that we’d like to fill that space.

In a wide-ranging interview, O’Rourke also confirmed at least a dozen parties have put their hand up for the league’s 11th and 12th A-League licences, ahead of a final decision being handed down on October 31.

Click PLAY for the full chat with Head of the A-League Greg O’Rourke