Can Foxtel do this?
FOX STILL IN THE BOX
NRL back on deck, AFL in a fortnight, rugby in a month or two. And the A-League? A piece by Michael Lynch and Vince Rugari in the Herald on Thursday highlighted just how grim things are, with "Fox Sports only agreeing to broadcast the final rounds of the season if Football Federation Australia accepts a dramatic reduction in broadcast rights fees for the next three years".
And it really is dramatic, with the piece noting "Fox is insisting that its $57.6m-a-year rights deal is slashed by what soccer sources indicate could be between 50 and 70 per cent for the remaining three years of its six-year deal". That would mean Fox Sports might be offering between $17m and $29m.
It prompted the well-connected Australian football figure Bonita Mersiades to write a heartfelt piece for footballtoday.com.au saying: "My understanding is what’s on offer from Fox Sports is much smaller than that, and is more likely around $10m. But regardless of whether it’s $10m or $29m, the FFA and the A-League chairmen should do one thing today: be bold and just walk away. This relationship is over ... So let’s walk away. Let’s explore suggestions such as the one made by The Golden Generation for a ‘Netflix’-style FFA TV and put our game into the hands of every single person who plays it, coaches it, referees it, volunteers for it and simply just loves watching it."
A noble sentiment, Ms Mersiades. And it may even be one that rugby is forced to look at, if Fox Sports also turns away from it.
In the end, though, watch this space. In the immediate post-pause world, everyone has to nut out what to cut out or die miserably, and there seems a universal trend among sports broadcasters across the world that if they keep paying what they were paying pre-Plague they will go broke. My suspicion is FFA understands that and, in the absence of serious alternatives for hard cash short of Frank Lowy II, will have little choice but to take what money there is.
https://www.smh.com.au/sport/it-s-fanci ... 54xs8.html