Fox Sports eyes Origin, grand final as Nine threatens to walk away from NRL

5/05/2020 11:47:00 PM

Fox Sports eyes Origin, grand final as Nine threatens to walk away from NRL

Fox Sports eyes Origin, grand final as Nine threatens to walk away from NRL

Fox Sports has begun preparing for the possibility of a rugby league future without Channel Nine.

"It's not a given that NRL has to be part of our future," Marks said on the conference call. "It has to just pay its way like all of our content does, and if it doesn't, well ... again, we are less reliant on that as a revenue source.”

Seven is financially challenged, but any rugby league offering in partnership with Fox would come at a discounted rate given Nine currently pays an exclusivity premium for three State of Origin matches and the grand final.Foxtel is also struggling financially, although it may be in a position to invest more in a discounted rugby league product, given the uncertainty over its existing deals with Football Federation Australia and Rugby Australia, which are each worth $60m per annum.

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Let ‘em have it. It’s pay tv. No bugger will watch 😂😂😂 Terrestrial tv, fox and NRL...a slow train about to run out of track. Can’t someone just put them out of their misery already? None of them are relevant anymore NRL & FOX are POX based organisations, they deserve one another ! Trust Ethics Accounability PlayerBehaviours LeadershipMatters 🤬💩🦕

The NRL needs to call Nine's bluff but Foxtel is the wrong way to go. Nine has already lost the cricket, losing the NRL would be a nail in the coffin. Watch Murdoch try to get the anti-siphoning laws changed so he can have all rugby league exclusively on Fox Sports. No more free to air sport is Murdoch's end game and the only thing that will keep Foxtel alive. AFL is next.

One can only hope Without RugbyLeague Ch9 is finished. The drift to Netflix would continue. Live sport is the only draw card. RL is the highest rating sport on TV in Australia. NRL

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Play video "It's not a given that NRL has to be part of our future," Marks said on the conference call.Share via Email The Warriors have landed and live games are scheduled to be taking place in less than a month.Sources close to negotiations have since told the Herald that Nine is now seeking an even further reduction as part of the company's reassessment of the value of live sport, but is willing to provide the NRL with the long-term security of an extended rights deal until the end of 2025, an additional three years on top of the current arrangement that expires at the end of 2022.Play video Should ARLC chair Peter V’landys agree to the acquisition, it would represent a short-term gain for the NRL and its greedy clubs but long-term pain for the code.

"It has to just pay its way like all of our content does, and if it doesn't, well .. This week's schedule EISS Super State of Origin, Wednesday, May 6, 7... again, we are less reliant on that as a revenue source. Game 3, 2002.” Seven is financially challenged, but any rugby league offering in partnership with Fox would come at a discounted rate given Nine currently pays an exclusivity premium for three State of Origin matches and the grand final.1 without NRL or AFL.

Foxtel is also struggling financially, although it may be in a position to invest more in a discounted rugby league product, given the uncertainty over its existing deals with Football Federation Australia and Rugby Australia, which are each worth $60m per annum.30pm. The future of our businesses is in aggregated video consumption. Foxtel currently pays $190m-a-year for all 24 regular season rounds, plus eight finals matches, while Nine was due to pay $118m in 2020 for 75 simulcast regular season games, the finals series as well as exclusive rights to the Origin series and the decider. Fox Sports is understood to be interested in securing rights to State of Origin and the NRL grand final. This week the 2008 semi-final clash between Brisbane and Melbourne has got the nod over the 2006 preliminary final between the Bulldogs and the Broncos. Credit: AAP The NRL remains at loggerheads with both broadcasters over the value of the sport – in a reduced 2020 season and going forward into future years – although sources with knowledge of the negotiations suggest Foxtel could be willing to ink a standalone deal for the 2020 season as early as this week. And that's where I think we've really been quite hard on that NRL discussion. Nine, however, is still playing hardball, with Marks saying on Tuesday: "COVID has changed how you need to consider sports rights and evaluation of sports rights for the future because if we don't take that change now like we are in all other aspects of our business and we wait until the contract expires in two years . Friday Classic May 8, 7. The challenge for the networks is that advertising is way down as a result of the pandemic and, with no major sport, subscribers are cancelling Foxtel and Kayo.

.. It's back to round 22, 1992 for King Wally's farewell match as the Gold Coast Seagulls take on the Panthers. There is a frustration from the two broadcasters, who were this year meant to inject about $320m into the game, that their investment is being used to prop up a potential bidder for future NRL rights. everyone's in for a rude shock in two years. "Now's the time when we need to make the changes necessary to make these sports rights more sustainable.30pm. The future of our businesses is in aggregated video consumption. We know what the NRL needs, which is a direct communication with their fan base. Nine can boast that four of the top five programs nationally and annually are rugby league, yet now complains it costs too much to buy the rights and produce the games.

We're a business that actually is now less reliant on live sport and the reason for a lot of sport and its being was its volume contribution to free-to-air advertising. Telstra Grand Final Sunday, May 10, 4pm ." Loading Sources close to the negotiations have told the Herald that even if Nine remains as the NRL's free-to-air rights holder, Fox is pushing for simulcast rights to the Origin series and the grand final, which would help Marks drive his part of the cost down further. The Herald last week reported Nine wants to pay $28m less than the $118m it was due to pay in 2020, but is now seeking a further reduction as part of the company's reassessment of the value of live sport.. We can do that a lot more cost effectively than they can. In return, Nine is willing to provide the NRL with the long-term security of an extended rights deal until the end of 2025, an additional three years on top of the current arrangement that expires at the end of 2022. Marks also confirmed Nine was interested in taking over the NRL's digital arm , which it believes runs in competition to the network. In fact, it’s the only issue that will draw him into making a comment.

"The rationale was you're spending a lot of money in the NRL on your own digital team, but we've got a digital team and Fox Sports has a digital team," he said. "Surely it would be better if we just relied on what the broadcasters were already doing rather than going into competition and creating a whole other cost base on top of what already exists. We know what the NRL needs, which is a direct communication with their fan base. "That can be facilitated through Nine and through Fox Sports and by us sort of supporting the .