Apr 16, 2018

The long-term pain in cricket’s anti-siphoning spin

Seven and Foxtel have pulled a fast one on cricket fans, ducking regulations to lock two thirds of international cricket matches on a subscription service. Will will it be enough to save Foxtel's sinking subscriber base?

Christopher Warren

Journalist and media watcher

Seven West Media CEO Tim Worner, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, and Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delaney

Shareholders in Seven West Media should enjoy the boost from the new cricket deal while they can, because they may well come to regret undermining the anti-siphoning laws.

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5 thoughts on “The long-term pain in cricket’s anti-siphoning spin

  1. York City

    And what do we the sports ground owners get? SFA.

  2. Evil Garry

    Might be time for a government looking to win some public favour in the leadup to a federal election, to make an amendment to the anti-siphoning rules REQUIRING the FTA rights-holders to broadcast all international T20 and one-dayers played within Australia, in return for an on-going waiving of their licence fees, or be forced to relinquish those rights to another FTA station. That would put the cat amongst the pigeons and be very popular with the electorate.

  3. bushby jane

    and one day cricket, but we won’t be getting Foxtel to watch them. Sooner do without. But what more do you expect from very ordinary folk like Tim Warner and Sutherland?

  4. AR

    I thought cricket was kinda toxic, due to recent lachrymosity events.
    Oh, that news cycle.

  5. DF

    Simple – just go to one of the free cricket streaming sites, they’re not hard to find. Just wield the Willow.

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