Will Nine bid for next AFL rights?
Speculation today that Nine may not bid for the next AFL broadcasting rights, but focus on NRL.
News Corp suggests Nine may focus on NRL because of it’s importance in NSW and Queensland, and that “they can’t afford both.”
But not having Nine in the bidding could mean a $1.75B price tag is harder to reach. The last deal negotiated for Seven and Foxtel was worth $1.25B.
An industry source tells the newspaper a more realistic outcome would see Seven and TEN join forces with a final price tag of about $1.4 billion.
But FOX Sports would want to be in there boots and all.
A new deal is likely to begin after TEN’s immediate future is resolved.