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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Open delay a serious blow to Nine’s plans for the year

Original article by James Madden, Emily Ritchie
The Australian – Page: 19 : 23-Nov-20

The prospect of the Australian Open being delayed due to coronavirus restrictions could prove costly for Nine Entertainment. The grand slam tournament is traditionally a key vehicle for the host broadcaster to promote its program line-up for the new year. Audience numbers are also likely to be affected if the Open is shifted from mid-January to late February or March, when the official ratings year will have begun. Media analyst Martin Hickson of 1851 Capital says Nine should seek to renegotiate its broadcasting rights deal with Tennis Australia. Some top tennis players have warned that the Open will have to be cancelled if training is prohibited during the mandatory quarantine period.

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Viewers take slow track for Melbourne Cup

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 22 : 5-Nov-20

The Ten Network’s coverage of the 2020 Melbourne Cup attracted about 1.41 million viewers across the five major metropolitan markets, compared with 1.44 million in 2019. OzTAM’s figures also show that the national audience for the Melbourne Cup was 1.86 million viewers, down from 1.92 million in 2019. Ten’s coverage of the iconic horse race also attracted 144,000 viewers on its 10 Play broadcast video-on-demand service.

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AFL wins TV war with NRL

Original article by Scott Gullan
Herald Sun – Page: 59 : 27-Oct-20

Ratings data from OzTAM shows that the 2020 AFL grand final attracted 3.812 million viewers nationwide, which is the largest audience for an AFL match in four years. The Seven Network boasted an audience share of 65.8% for its coverage of the premiership decider. The AFL is likely to come under growing pressure to move the grand final to a prime-time slot permanently due to the strong ratings. Meanwhile, the Nine Network’s coverage of the NRL grand final was watched by 2.967 million viewers, compared with 2.65 million in 2019.

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Foxtel to open Kayo content

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 17 : 23-Oct-20

Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany has revealed that the pay-TV group’s Kayo streaming service will offer some content via a ‘freemium’ model from early 2021. Consumers will be able to access a range of Kayo content without a subscription, including some Supercars races. Foxtel recently secured a new five-year broadcasting rights deal for the Supercars championship.

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Nine, Foxtel rugby match nears finish

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian – Page: 18 : 15-Oct-20

Sources have indicated that a decision on Rugby Australia’s next broadcasting rights deal could be made within days. Rugby Australia has held meetings with executives from Foxtel and Nine Entertainment, and the discussions are said to be "well advanced". Foxtel currently holds the broadcasting rights, while Nine could potentially broadcast one Super Rugby match each week as well as the Wallabies’ matches. Any deal with Nine could also include more extensive rugby coverage via its Stan streaming video service.

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Broadcast deal is off and racing

Original article by James Madden
The Australian – Page: 19 : 12-Oct-20

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted key sports codes such as the AFL and NRL to renegotiate their current broadcasting rights deals. However, horse racing coverage has attracted a growing audience during the pandemic, which is likely to result in a significant increase in the cost of the sport’s next broadcasting rights deals. Meanwhile, the fourth running of ‘The Everest’ is expected to attract record TV ratings on 17 October.

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Ten confirms exit from Supercars, leaving Seven in pole position

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 24-Jul-20

The Ten Network’s director of sport production Adam Cush has advised that it will relinquish the Supercars’ free-to-air broadcasting rights at the end of 2020. Ten and pay-TV group Foxtel secured a six-year rights deal in 2013 which commenced in 2015. Ten indicated earlier in 2020 that it may not seek to renew the rights deal. Seven West Media previously held the free-to-air broadcasting rights, but its push to reduce costs means it may be unwilling to pay too much for the Supercars rights.

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Contract discounts cost AFL $150m

Original article by John Stensholt
The Australian – Page: 3 : 12-Jun-20

Foxtel and Seven West Media struck revised broadcast deals with the Australian Football League just prior to the 2020 AFL season resuming on 11 June. The revised deals followed the AFL season being suspended for three months because of COVID-19, and will result in the two companies saving around $200 million on their AFL coverage over the next three years. Television companies had argued broadcast rights are worth less now than what they were previously because the AFL season has been shortened and the length of games have been reduced, while a lack of crowds has arguably reduced the quality of the broadcasts.

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Foxtel locks in Super Rugby deal

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 11-Jun-20

Pay-TV group Foxtel will broadcast a scaled-down Super Rugby season after the traditional five-nation competition was cancelled due to the coronavirus. The revised 2020 tournament will comprise five Australian teams, which will play a 10-week round-robin series followed by a two-week finals series. Rugby Australia has yet to secure a broadcasting rights deal beyond 2020.

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