Double dose of SCG a boost for India

Original article by Peter Lalor
The Australian – Page: Online : 4-Jan-21

The Indian cricket team stated on 3 January that they will not travel to Brisbane if they are forced to comply with strict quarantine requirements that would see them restricted to their hotel rooms while not playing. The team has made it clear from the beginning that one quarantine period was their limit, while the Queensland government has indicated it is not prepared to relax its quarantine rules for people coming from Sydney for the Indian cricket team. Unless the government backs down or the Indian team has a change of heart, there will be two Tests in a row at the SCG, a ground that the Indians traditionally do well at.

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Cricket Australia discussed shifting broadcast rights to Nine

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 21-Dec-20

Sources have indicated that the bitter legal dispute with Seven West Media prompted Cricket Australia to hold informal talks with Nine Entertainment about taking over the broadcasting rights. The informal talks are believed to have ended when Cricket Australia recently received a $12.5m instalment payment from Seven. The media group pays about $70m a year for the free-to-air rights, as part of a six-year deal with Cricket Australia and pay-TV group Foxtel. Amongst other things, Seven is seeking a discount of about 20 per cent due to coronavirus-induced changes to the cricket schedule for the 2020-21 summer.

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March court start for Seven’s cricket battle

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 15 : 16-Dec-20

The legal dispute between Seven West Media and Cricket Australia will be heard by the Federal Court in mid- March. Seven may seek damages or an order to terminate its broadcasting rights deal if the court rules in its favour. The case centres on CA’s changes to its itinerary for the 2020-21 season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Seven contends that it was commercially disadvantaged by CA’s decision to start the season with three one-day international matches against India, which were broadcast exclusively by Fox Sports.

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Seven aims to make cricket pay

Original article by Ben Horne, Peter Lalor
The Australian – Page: 24 & 22 : 2-Dec-20

The Seven Network alleges that it has suffered significant commercial damage due to Cricket Australia’s changes to its match schedule for the 2020-21 summer. Australia was originally slated to play three Tests against India before Christmas, but CA has delayed two of these matches until the new year, while the revised schedule saw the cricket season begin with a six-match One-Day International series that is exclusive to Fox Sports. CA has cited the coronavirus pandemic as the key reason for changes to the schedule, but Seven contends that the Board of Control for Cricket in India exerted pressure to make the changes.

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MCG set for Boxing Day miracle

Original article by Ben Horne
The Australian – Page: 22 : 8-Sep-20

Cricket Australia is set to provisionally announce that the MCG will host the traditional Boxing Day Test match in 2020, subject to coronavirus restrictions. The Adelaide Oval will be designated the back-up venue if the MCG has to be ruled out. The rate of community transmission of COVID-19 will determine if the MCG hosts the second Test of the four-match series against India, with a final decision likely to be made in November. The MCG is expected to have a reduced crowd capacity of between 20,000 and 30,000 per day for the match, with social distancing rules to be enforced.

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Domain calls stumps on Test naming rights in middle of four-year deal

Original article by Chris Barrett, Daniel Cherny
The Age – Page: Online : 20-Feb-20

Property listings group Domain Holdings has advised Cricket Australia that it will not extend its naming rights sponsorship deal for men’s Test matches. Domain replaced Magellan Financial Group as naming-rights sponsor in June 2018, in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa. Domain’s four-year deal included an option to walk away from the arrangement after two years. Cricket Australia will seek a new sponsor, while it is holding talks with Domain about its future involvement in the sport.

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Cricketers set sights on clean sweep

Original article by Peter Lalor
The Australian – Page: 5 : 3-Jan-20

Cricket Australia has confirmed it has guidelines in place in the event that smoke from the current bushfires causes play in the Third Test between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney to be halted. The match starts on 3 January, with CA and the SCG Trust advising that shirts worn by the players in the game will be sold to raise money for victims of the fires. CA CEO Kevin Roberts says any halt in play because of smoke will need to be treated in the same way that rain delays are. The ‘Pink Test’, which raises money for the McGrath Foundation, is now in its 12th year.

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Distrust is highest for Cricket a year after sandpaper gate

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 9-Aug-19

Australians’ distrust in Cricket is higher than any other sport a year after the ball-tampering scandal engulfed the Australian men’s cricket team and led to the suspensions of senior players. Joining Cricket with high levels of distrust are Rugby League/NRL, Aussie Rules/AFL, Horse Racing, Rugby Union, Soccer, Boxing, Tennis, Cycling and Greyhound Racing from research conducted in June 2019. Distrust in Cricket soared in the wake of ‘sandpaper gate’ and Cricket remains one of the leading sports with a negative Net Trust Score, according to the latest Roy Morgan Sports Net Trust Score survey. Although Cricket continues to have high distrust there is some good news. Women’s Cricket continues to provide a boost to the overall image of the sport, with higher trust than distrust. In addition the overall Net Trust Score for Cricket as well as for Rugby League/NRL, Aussie Rules/AFL, Soccer and Boxing have all improved compared to a year ago.

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World Cup a chance to reboot Australia’s love of cricket

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 4-Jun-19

New research from Roy Morgan shows that over 7.2 million Australians, equivalent to 35% of the Australian population aged 14 or older, watch at least one form of cricket on TV. This represents a decline of almost 340,000 TV Cricket viewers since March 2015 when Australia hosted, and won, the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Men’s Test cricket is the favoured form of cricket, watched by over 5.8 million Australians in the year to March 2019, just ahead of Men’s One-Day International Cricket, watched by 5.75 million. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine notes that over 5.7 million Australians will be closely watching the fortunes of the Australian cricket team at the Cricket World Cup in England on Foxtel, Kayo Sports and the Nine Network, as they defend their title won in 2015.

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KFC hits it out of the park with Big Bash sponsorship

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 11-Feb-19

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey shows that 21% of Australians aged 14+ associated KFC with the Big Bash League in the year to September 2018. This rises to 40% among Australians who almost always or occasionally watch cricket on TV. However, only 3% of TV cricket watchers associate pay-TV company Fox Sports and long-term cricketing sponsor the Commonwealth Bank with the Big Bash. The Commonwealth Bank is associated far more strongly with Test Cricket, for which the bank had a long-term sponsorship arrangement. This ended in early 2017 but 24% of TV cricket watchers associate the bank with Test Cricket, ahead of the official Fast Food Restaurant of Cricket Australia, KFC, on 22%. Another long-term former sponsor, CUB’s Victoria Bitter, is still heavily associated with Test Cricket by 15% of TV cricket watchers. VB ended more than 20 years’ sponsorship of Australian cricket early in 2017.

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