Just days after the International Swimming League (ISL) published its technical information, breaking down event schedules, scoring, lineups and more, Australia’s Channel 7 revealed it has secured exclusive rights to broadcast the league’s inaugural season.
Kyle Chalmers, Cate Campbell, Bronte Campbell, Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon and Mitch Larkin are just a few of the stellar Aussie stars sprinkled throughout the 8 ISL squads based around the world and set to compete.
Swimming Australia Chief Executive Leigh Russell said of the network’s airing rights, “Channel 7 is a wonderful partner of swimming in Australia and our fans will now have the opportunity to watch our athletes compete against the world’s best in a brand new format for international swimming – it is an exciting time for our sport.”
Seven’s Head of Sport Saul Shtein said, “The ISL will give swimming an established place in the annual sporting calendar and offers sports fans the chance to watch the world’s best compete regularly in an exciting new format, while this inaugural season should also provide a tantalising lead-in to Tokyo 2020. We’re thrilled to bring it to our viewers and to be adding more premium live content to 7plus.”
Swimming fans will also be able to watch highlights of every ISL meet on 7TWO and 7plus.
The broadcasting announcement is good news for Aussie swim fans, who were also recently informed they’d be able to watch the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships on Channel 7, with the station becoming the first Australian commercial network ever to air the event.
However, this year’s FINA World Aquatic Championships were not aired on Australian television for the first time since 1986, leaving spectators down under to follow along through the Swimming Australia iSwim app.