The West – The Seven Network and Foxtel have won the bidding war for cricket’s TV rights, ending the four-decade relationship between cricke 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 cricke and the Nine Network.
  • CBS-owned Ten said it is disappointed that its bid has been rejected, as the rival statements seemingly confirm rumours Cricket Australia has sealed a deal with pay-TV giant Foxtel and free-to-air network Seven.
  • Under the deal, it’s expected pay TV provider Fox Sports will have exclusive rights to some Big Bash League matches while simulcasting Tests and limited overs matches.
  • Ten, which entered a joint bid for the cricket rights with Nine a fortnight ago, said it is proud of everything it has achieved with the Big bash league and the Women’s Big Bash League.
  • “Network Ten turned the Big Bash League into the television phenomenon it is today and one of the most popular sports in Australia, a sport that all Australians were able enjoy for free,” the CBS-backed broadcaster said in a statement.


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