Nine and Fox Sports eye joint Cricket Australia rights swoop
Nine, the Australian commercial network, and News Corp, the media giant that owns pay-television's Fox Sports Australia, are in talks about mounting a joint bid for domestic cricket rights.
While Cricket Australia has yet to launch its official rights tender, it has sent out non-disclosure agreements and an information pack to potential broadcast partners.
According to reports in Australia, Nine and News Corp have discussed five and seven-year contracts worth between A$130 million and A$150 million per year for exclusive cricket rights, including the popular Big Bash Twenty20 league.
Nine holds the domestic rights to Australia’s home matches in a five-year deal worth A$490 million that expires after the 2017-18 season, while rival Ten showed the BBL under a A$100-million contract that expired this month.
The BBL is expected to drive the increase in the rights fee in the next cycle.