Cricket Australia apologises for “bottom feeders” line directed at TEN
Cricket Australia has been doing a lot of apologising of late....
How quickly a cosy relationship can change if an article on sports negotiations is any indication.
Cricket Australia chairman David Peever has apologised to CBS Studios boss Armando Nunez after sending an email in which he referred to TEN as “bottom feeders.”
Cricket Australia has been doing a lot of apologising of late….
Fairfax reports Peever sent the email to Nunez after TEN and Nine made a joint bid for cricketing broadcast rights.
When Nunez was here during the Australian Grand Prix he reached out to Cricket Australia to discuss the bid which was rejected by CA.
“Unfortunately your team has completely messed this up,” Peever reportedly said.
“I expected much more given our discussions and the unique position we were affording 10. Franky (sic), the tactics are appalling on a number of levels.”
He suggested reaching out to CA CEO James Sutherland but said Nunez should not invite TEN’s local management “as I feel they are not prepared to challenge their operating model to be anything other than bottom feeders in this market”. Yikes. Over to you, cartoonists….
The meeting with Sutherland took place later that weekend, and it’s understood TEN chief executive Paul Anderson attended.
Peever has since apologised for the scathing comment.
Meanwhile there is more speculation of a joint Seven / Foxtel bid for cricket rights with CA seeking $150m a year.
CBS, TEN and Cricket Australia declined to comment, according to the article.