Nine, TEN and FOX Sports have had discussions about how cricket could be shared across Free to Air and Subscription TV, according to media reports.
The Australian Financial Review reports bids for the latest cricket deal are due by 5pm today but broadcasters are reluctant to see sports rights keep inflating at unsustainable rates.
A joint bid from Nine and TEN is expected to be worth between $130 million and $150 million annually, or further split with FOX Sports’ involvement.
Cricket Australia is looking for a six-year deal and is said to want at least $150 million annually, or $900 million over the life of the contract, for all the rights.
Seven West Media is looking at a bid, but sources said it was more to make sure its competitors don’t get cricket for a steal, and it was more focused on renewing its Tennis Australia deal.