Australian Financial Review, The – Cricket Australia is poised to announce a huge broadcast rights deal worth at least $1 billion as soon as Friday, with the sport returning in least at part to pay-television network Foxtel and poised to depart in full from Nine Entertainment Co for the first time in four decades.

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  • Cricket Australia is poised to announce a huge broadcast rights deal worth at least $1 billion as soon as Friday, with the sport returning in least at part to pay-television network Foxtel and poised to depart in full from Nine Entertainment Co for the first time in four decades.
  • Administrators of the sport were locked in talks with executives of both Seven West Media and Network Ten on Thursday night regarding a free-to-air partner for Foxtel, The Australian Financial Review has been told.
  • Under terms of the deal being thrashed out, either Seven or Ten would gain the rights to all international test matches and some of the domestic Big Bash League.
  • Foxtel, jointly owned by News Corporation and Telstra, would have exclusive rights to some BBL matches and at least simulcast live test and limited-overs international matches.


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