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Seven in a jam as NRL, AFL TV rights deals loom

The Australian reported on the weekend that the NRL is wanting to move at least one game on a Saturday to Free to air television, and Fox apparently wants to take another AFL game from Free to air tv. Fox’s media rights with the AFL are being negotiated by former…


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Advertisers refuse to fund sports rights inflation

The Financial Review reports that Australias leading advertising agencies are baulking at having to pay more to cover the cost of the ever increasing hikes in tv rights across the major sports codes. “The AFL, NRL and Cricket Australia are getting to the point that if they don’t moderate their…


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Foxsports Now on Apple TV, Live sport limited

Fairfax is reporting that Foxsports Now is available on Apple TV, but Foxfooty is absent from its lineup. AFL is conspicuously absent from Foxtel Sports Now, which is an instant deal-breaker for many sports fans. Even if you follow the other codes, handing over $20 per month seems steep when…


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A fourth-free-to-air game and Origin auction on the cards

The Telegraph is reporting that one of the big issues in the rights negotiations will be a fourth possible FTA game on Saturday nights, with fox needing to pay a premium to retain excljusivity. The Telegraph also reports that Seven are set to bid for Origin at a big markup.


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Stan could be a player for NRL rights

The Australian reports that Stan could be joining forces with Nine for streaming rights as bidders prepare for the NRL and AFL negotiations. Jeff Browne is returning to Nine to do the negotiating. “There’s nothing technologically or legally that would prevent us from moving in that direction,” Sneesby said.“We don’t…


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NRL’s analysts prepare to split up the game for TV sell-off

The Australian reports that the NRL has its own team of analysts who have been determining the value of the game’s assets over the past year. “I think the most important thing is to understand the value of the asset that you’ve got and we do,’’ Smith said. “We’ve done…


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Rugby league sparks $3b in TV rights scrum

The Financial Review writes that Rugby League has kicked off something of a bidding war, having launched its media rights negotiations are year ahead of time, after the AFL began their talks last year. The article says that other sports may find themselves short, and their own negotiations on hold…


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State of Origin worth up to $2m per minute

Fairfax media reporting that if sold as a separate property State of Origin could be worth as much as $2 per minute of screen time. Experts believe that Origin could contribute as much as 25% of any rights deal.


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NRL to begin TV Negotiations early

Fairfax media reports that the NRL will commence tv negotiations early in a bid to head off the AFL and allow for as many bidders as possible. The NRL hopes to get between 1.5-2 billion next time.


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Big Bash whets cash-strapped Ten’s appetite for AFL

Fairfax Media reports that the Ten network is considering making a bid for Saturday and Sunday afternoon AFL matches, after rediscovering a taste for sport with the success of its summer BBL coverage. “Ten has declared an interest [in securing AFL rights] and has participated in the process,” Mr McLennan…



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The mysterious world of digital subscriber numbers

Basic Facts The AFL Live application launched in 2012, and shows every game live. From 2013, this service became available to customers on all networks. The NRL Live application launched in 2013 and shows all Foxtel games live, and Nine games at time of broadcast. For those who wonder about…


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Ten to re-enter Broadcast rights battle

Source: Sportsbusiness Insider, The Age Channel Ten chief Hamish Mclennan has apparenrtly confirmed that Ten are interested in the next batch of AFl rights, depending on cost and availability. “Yes, we’re keen. All depends on what is on offer,” McLennan said. Asked what slots Ten would be interested in, McLennan…