Report: Seven meets with Cricket Australia

Seven met with Cricket Australia yesterday in what has been reported as a “constructive” meeting.

CEO James Warburton and commercial director Bruce McWilliam met with CA chief Nick Hockley.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, sources said the network now had hope CA was at least open to a discussion about a fee cut.

CA has verbally told Seven it is in breach of contract having not paid its first instalment of $25 million in full on Tuesday, but has not inflamed tensions by issuing a formal notice.

Meanwhile Foxtel executives will meet CA today amid suggestions it is unhappy with a plan to take Big Bash League┬áhubs, or “villages” as they are being called by administrators, into a travelling roadshow.

Foxtel believe the party atmosphere at venues cannot be replicated if chunks of games are played in each city.

They feel fans will not vote with their feet to watch neutral sides play, leading to half-empty stadiums and less colour in the stands.

The lack of certainty over the summer schedule and the availability of star players are also sore points with Foxtel and Seven.

The BBL fixture is tied closely to the international schedule, which is yet to be announced as CA awaits sign-off from government.

2 Comments:

  1. Shift it over to Foxtel. The golden era of FTA cricket died with Richie and Tony and it has been an embarrassment since. Put it on Fox Sports along with the cheerleading championships and the Finnish wife carrying contest.

  2. But if BBL fans decide not to spend money watch a neutral game at ground, then wouldn’t they be more likely to watch on TV and then the TV viewership increases?

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