West Australian, The – The Seven Network and Foxtel have won the bidding war for cricket’s TV rights, ending the four-decade relationship between the sport and the Nine Network.

Summary

  • The Seven Network and Foxtel have won the bidding war for cricket’s TV rights, ending the four-decade relationship between the sport and the Nine Network.
  • Seven West Media confirmed on Friday that it and Foxtel had won the rights to Australian international cricket matches, with contracts being finalised by the afternoon.
  • Under the deal it is expected Foxtel will have exclusive rights to some Big Bash League (BBL) matches while simulcasting Tests and limited overs matches.
  • Nine’s loss of cricket comes after it won Australian tennis broadcasting rights in a $300 million coup, ending Seven’s four-decade hold on televising the Australian Open.
  • Under the five-year tennis agreement, Nine has the live rights – including free-to-air, subscription television, streaming, mobile and social media – and catch-up service rights to the Australian Open as well as the lead up tournaments around Australia.


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