WAtoday (Australia) – Australians will have to pay to watch some of summer’s most prized sporting events after Cricket Australia decided to embrace a hefty $1.2 billion broadcast rights deal underwritten by pay-television group Foxtel.
- Foxtel, which is controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, on Friday won the rights to broadcast every ball bowled in all home international Test matches, one-day internationals and Twenty20 games as well as the Big Bash League for the next six domestic seasons.
- In a deal that means Channel Nine will not be broadcasting cricket for the first time in 40 years, Kerry Stokes’s Seven West Media will partner with Foxtel to simulcast the majority of Big Bash League matches and all home international Tests, including the 2021-22 home Ashes series.
- This means cricket fans will have to pay for a Foxtel subscription at home – or their mobile devices – to watch all one-day and Twenty20 internationals as well as 16 matches of the Big Bash League.
- Foxtel chief executive Patrick Delany said a “very small amount” of cricket would be on pay-TV only and promised to “do for cricket [now] what we’ve done for cricket in 2011 when we invented the Big Bash League”.
- * Channel 7 and Foxtel have paid $1.