Fox Sports Australia’s agreement with Cricket Australia

Allens has advised Fox Sports Australia on its six-year agreement with Cricket Australia to broadcast every ball bowled in every game of cricket in Australia from October 2018.

The deal, worth a total of $1.182 billion over six years to Cricket Australia, sees Fox Sports join forces with free-to-air television partner Seven West Media.

The landmark broadcast and digital partnership with Cricket Australia will see the launch of a dedicated FOX Cricket channel and includes rights to all men’s international test matches and women’s internationals, the men’s one-day and Twenty20 internationals, all Big Bash League matches and 23 women’s Big Bash League matches.

Fox Sports will broadcast 16 of the Big Bash League matches on an exclusive basis.

In a major step forward for digital broadcasting in Australia, the deal includes exclusive streaming rights for Fox Sports, giving subscribers access to a live stream of all matches on any device for the first time.

Allens advised Fox Sports in complex negotiations on the deal, including in relation to compliance with anti-siphoning legislation with a team including Gavin Smith (Picture Partner), Kon Stellios (Partner), David Rountree (Senior Associate), David Mierendorff (Senior Associate), Fletcher Stewart (Lawyer)

 

Involved fees earner: Gavin Smith – Allens; David Rountree – Allens; Kon Stellios – Allens; David Mierendorff – Allens;

Law Firms: Allens;

Clients: Fox Sports Australia Pty Ltd;

 

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Author: Michael Patrini