Canberra Times – That soft kiss of a gentle breeze wafting into your ear is a natural consequence of the sweet nothings being whispered by the executives at Seven and Foxtel, and their enablers in the federal government who just let Cricket Australia drop the nation’s summer sport behind a pay wall.

Summary

  • That soft kiss of a gentle breeze wafting into your ear is a natural consequence of the sweet nothings being whispered by the executives at Seven and Foxtel, and their enablers in the federal government who just let Cricket Australia drop the nation’s summer sport behind a pay wall.
  • Seven and Foxtel’s joint billion-dollar deal for the broadcast rights to Test and limited overs cricket is about as clear a breach of the anti-siphoning legislation as you could hope for… if you had a lazy billion dollars lying around and you wanted to spend the next six years gouging millions of punters for all they were worth.
  • The bloke who gave Foxtel $30 million of your money last year insists this year that it’s “for Cricket Australia to explain how the arrangements they have entered into are in the interests of cricket fans and participants”.
  • I don’t know that Cricket Australia has done itself any favours in the long term, though.
  • But they let Foxtel walk away with the streaming revenue (a potentially huge source of direct income), and they’ve denied millions of young players access to the game during those long, languid summer months.


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