Cricket Australia, Seven in ‘constructive’ talks


Cricket Australia’s hopes of retaining its $1.18 billion broadcast deal may have been salvaged after “constructive” discussions with Seven West Media.

CA chief Nick Hockley and Seven West Media managing director James Warburton held talks on Friday, after a tumultuous week where cricket’s free-to-air partner had threatened to tear up its contract over concerns this summer’s scheduling would lack “quality”.

Seven and Foxtel are CA’s joint broadcast partners and underpin the sport.

The Big Bash League is part of the TV rights dispute.

The Big Bash League is part of the TV rights dispute.Credit:Getty Images

“We had a constructive meeting with Cricket Australia. No decisions were made but we have agreed to keep talking,” Warburton said on Friday.

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Warburton had been particularly concerned that the BBL would deteriorate this summer because of a need to have an extended Australian Test squad travel around in the series against India because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Seven, which contributes $82 million annually in fees, has been largely unhappy with its deal with CA since it was signed in 2018.

Foxtel chief Patrick Delany had been due to meet with CA on Thursday but that meeting has been postponed until Tuesday. Foxtel has also expressed concerns about the quality of the BBL this summer.

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