Good and bad news for fans with Foxtel buying cricket broadcast rights

James Sutherland lauds Cricket Australia's new broadcast deal with Seven and Foxtel

James Sutherland lauds Cricket Australia's new broadcast deal with Seven and Foxtel

The deal would see Seven own the rights to all of the worldwide Test matches and some of the T20 Big Bash League matches, with Foxtel gaining the rights to broadcast everything on offer, according to Fairfax.

Foxtel would have rights to broadcast every ball bowled, simulcasting what is on free-to-air.

Nine paid $300m for the rights to the tennis for five years from 2020 to 2024.

Nine's legendary cricket commentary team could be off air for the first time in 40 years.

Nine acquired all audio-visual rights for broadcast, streaming, mobile, digital and social platforms - allowing it to off sell some of those rights to offset the cost of the deal.

Cricket Australia has yet to make a statement.

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"We wish Cricket Australia and its new broadcast partners well for the future success of the game".

"Cricket will continue to be a part of Nine's schedule into the future with current deals in place covering the next ashes series from England in 2019, the ODI World Cup in the United Kingdom in the same year and in 2020 the T20 World Cups to be held in Australia".

Under the six-year deal, Seven will air worldwide Tests and some Big Bash League matches simultaneously with Fox Sports, which will also broadcast global one-day and T20 matches, Cricket Australia said in a statement Friday.

Seven will broadcast 43 KFC Big Bash League matches, in what will turn the league into a full Home and Away season, while FOX SPORTS will broadcast 16 matches exclusively, and simulcast the remainder.

"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 to enjoy for free".

Speaking to Mumbrella after the press conference, Sutherland said the radio rights would be "the next cab off the rank" for Cricket Australia now the TV and digital deal has been settled.

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"This revolutionary deal will enable increased investment in grassroots cricket through our programs and further developing facilities, expanding new participation formats to grow junior cricket, supporting clubs and associations to grow the game for women and girls and more investment in the talent pathway to develop Australia's next generation of cricketers".

"It's going to guarantee us audiences", Seven Chief Executive Officer Tim Worner said at a press conference. Foxtel's inclusive approach signals a major commitment to the sport. We will give fans the most compelling, entertaining and innovative coverage of cricket with more choices, more games, more programmes.

Cricket Australia will still retain control of its own website and offer apps, but the rights to transmit live sport broadcasts via the internet will be held by Foxtel.

Another interesting sub plot will be to see the impact reducing the number of Big Bash League games on FTA television could have BBL attendances, which is among the top 10 most attended sports competitions in the world.

It means the network's employees such as former Australian players Mark Taylor, Michael Slater, Shane Warne, Ian Chappell and, in a limited capacity due to health reasons in recent years, Bill Lawry, could be out of work.

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