Simon Hill belongs in the A-League

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Some of you are watching this season’s A-League campaign thinking “something is missing.”

Well, I can tell you what it is: it’s Simon Hill.

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The majority of us never thought we would see the day that a commendatory legend such as himself would be absent from the commentary box for Australia’s top division.

Unfortunately, it has now become a disappointing reality.

Fox Sports and the 53-year-old parted ways back in July 2020, and Optus Sports were wise enough to scoop him up for their network.

Hill’s voice has resonated in the living rooms of Australian households for a long time.

He commentated Socceroos and Matilda games for World Cup qualifiers, World Cup tournaments, Asian Cups and friendlies and has covered games for the A-League, FFA Cup, and the AFC Champions League.

He also covered games from the English Premier League, the 1996 UEFA Euro, Toyota Cup, the 2004 Olympics, and the 1998 African Cup of Nations.

Hill is a highly experienced commentator, and his resume speaks for itself.

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However, watching the A-League was enjoyable not only for the goals, the players, the memorable moments, but his voice.

The voice that captured every moment you watched with great passion and delivery.

When you heard his voice, you knew it was a big game. When it was a derby match, he was covering it. When it was the finals, he was there, and when it was the grand final, it was him again.

The point is not to figure out what happened between Hill and Fox Sports, but figure out how we can get him back into the A-League.

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However, the conundrum that we are presented with is that Fox Sports owns the A-League’s rights. The chances of Simon Hill wanting to go back to work for them are nonexistent at this point.

The only way we can get Hill back to calling matches for the A-League is instead of Hill going to the A-League, the A-League going to him.

Fox Sports’ contract for broadcasting the A-League ends in July 2021. So, Optus Sports, it’s your move.

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Daniel Gualterio
Bachelor of Sports Media student from Charles Sturt University covering Macarthur FC. Passionate for the world game.