Australian pay-television heavyweight Foxtel has today (April 6) announced the extension of its exclusive rights deal covering men’s franchise Twenty20 cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament until 2027.
Through a five-season extension starting with this year’s IPL, Foxtel will continue to cover the 10-team tournament via its Fox Sports linear channels and the Kayo Sports streaming platform.
All 74 matches of the recently commenced 2023 season are being made available, with the action having begun on March 31 and set to run until May 28.
The total number of IPL games is expected to increase over the course of the next half-decade.
Foxtel has been the IPL's exclusive Australian broadcast partner for most of the league's first 15 years.
The majority of international distribution rights to the IPL for the 2023-27 cycle are held by Viacom18, with broadcasters in individual markets agreeing deals for rights with the network.
Rebecca McCloy, commercial director for sport at Foxtel Group, said: “The IPL changed the game more than fifteen years ago and boasts a premier product that attracts intrigue and interest from cricket fans all over the globe.”
“This extended partnership with the IPL complements and bolsters our already unrivaled cricket offering for subscribers – with fans able to watch all of the big games in one place on Fox Sports.”
This year, there are 13 Australians contracted between the 10 IPL sides, including icons such as David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, and Josh Hazlewood.
Overseas broadcasters to have struck last-minute IPL rights deals over the last few weeks include Sky in New Zealand and separately in the UK (alongside DAZN in the latter market), and SuperSport in South Africa.
Foxtel, meanwhile, also holds joint domestic rights to international cricket taking place in Australia until 2031, through a long-term rights extension struck with the Cricket Australia governing body in January. That tie-up also included a rights extension for commercial broadcaster Seven Network.
It covers some action from Australia’s equivalent of the IPL, the Big Bash League, as well.
Overseas, Foxtel has tie-ups in place with the governing bodies of cricket in England (meaning it can show the iconic ‘Ashes’ series between that country and Australia), South Africa, New Zealand, and Pakistan.
It also announced last month that it had secured rights to the first-ever Women’s Premier League, the IPL’s female iteration.
Domestically, the IPL is covered live by Star India, owned by Disney.