First The Voice, then State of Origin…?
The Australian is reporting Seven may now have State of Origin -and potentially all of NRL– in its sights, if it walks away from a Cricket Australia deal.
An article suggests if (and it’s only an if) the Cricket Australia deal is torn up, it frees up about $100m and Seven could target rugby league’s commercial broadcasting rights.
The Sydney Morning Herald also reported CA has triggered a force majeure, or ‘Act of God’ section, in its broadcast contract, which refers to unforeseen events beyond the control of either party, in its stoush with Seven.
Sources close to Seven confirmed the network was already sizing up an offer for Origin that could extend to the premiership.
The story indicates Seven powerbrokers have also had informal talks with Foxtel over a sharing arrangement that could result in Origin being simulcast from 2023, when the NRL’s deal with the Nine Network is due to expire.
Another report today also mentioned Seven had its eye on Australian Ninja Warrior.
So far nobody is chasing down the rights to The Bob Morrison Show.
Source: Courier Mail