Report: AFL hears network pitches for next rights
No dollar amounts yet, but Gillon McLachlan & AFL execs have now heard network pitches.
Network execs from Seven, Nine, 10 and Foxtel have all held high-level meetings with AFL chief executive officer Gillon McLachlan, AFL chairman Richard Goyder and two other AFL Commission members over future broadcasting rights, although The Age reports the meetings were not focused on specific dollar amounts.
Each of the media outfits’ chief executives were represented in the meetings with McLachlan, including Seven’s James Warburton and his Seven Head of Sport Lewis Martin, 10’s co-chiefs Jarrod Villani and Beverley McGarvey, Nine’s boss Mike Sneesby, and Foxtel’s CEO Patrick Delany and his key FOX Sports executive Steve Crawley.
Each of the networks broke down how they could broadcast, with games divided between free to air, and streaming services such as 9Now and 7plus.
Paramount did not wish to win the rights and then sell off particular slots, such as Friday or Saturday nights, as had been speculated.
Senior club and AFL insiders told The Age that they favour Foxtel and Seven, although there is a view that Paramount-10 could make the largest financial offer.
The AFL also met with global tech giant Amazon in Los Angeles in April.
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