Fox Sports, Seven Agree Landmark $1.182BN Cricket Australia Rights Deal
By Shantanu Srivastav | April 13, 2018
Fox Sports and Seven Network have agreed a domestic rights deal with Cricket Australia that ends Nine Network’s 40-year association with the rights and moves limited-over internationals behind a paywall for the first time.
The new six-year broadcast and digital partnership, which runs from 2018 to 2023, is worth around AUD $1.182 billion (US $913.4 million).
Seven and Fox Sports will broadcast all test matches through the summer, and Fox Sports will exclusively broadcast men’s one-day and Twenty20 internationals. Seven will also show more than 40 men’s Big Bash League matches, while Fox Sports will exclusively broadcast 16 games and simulcast the remaining games.
Women’s cricket is also a focus of the new deal, with all international matches and more than 20 games from the domestic Women’s Big Bash League Twenty20 tournament to be shown each season on Fox Sports and Seven.
The new agreement marks a significant increase in the value of the rights. The previous deal was worth over AUD $599 million (US $468 million) over five years. Nine had held the rights to tests and ODIs, and has broadcast summer tests for about 40 years; meanwhile, Ten had rights to the Big Bash League.
“It’s fair to say that the interest in our rights during this process has been unprecedented,” said Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland. “We’re very excited about what the future holds with both Fox Sports and the Seven West Media.”