Optus is unlikely to be a contender for Rugby Australia broadcasting rights with reports it has not formally expressed interest in a revised broadcast rights package, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Although it was on the brink of securing a deal earlier this year, that was before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
Network 10, currently the free-to-air broadcaster for the Wallabies matches, did submit a formal expression of interest but sources have indicated it is looking to pay less than its current $3.5 million a year (former 10 CEO Hamish McLennan is now RA chairman). Amazon declined to comment on whether it was involved.
This likely leaves FOX Sports sitting in pole position. Foxtel has broadcast Super Rugby since its inception in 1996, and remains interested in rugby – particularly Super Rugby and Test matches.
An Optus spokesperson said, “We don’t comment on rights, either current or future.”