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Apr 27

Nine, Ten, Foxtel or Optus? Australian cricket TV rights explained

As Cricket Australia enter into negotiations with TV networks for their next round of broadcast rights, we look at the state of play for all concerned

Channel Nine, which has been the sole broadcaster of Australia’s home cricket internationals since 1979, currently hold the rights for home Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals under a five-year, $500m deal struck in 2013. That arrangement is set to expire after the 2017-18 summer.

Related: ESPN layoffs hit on-air reporters and anchors as 100 employees face cuts

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/28/nine-ten-foxtel-or-optus-australian-cricket-tv-rights-explained

Mar 27

New Twenty20 tournament will ‘future-proof’ cricket, says ECB’s Tom Harrison

• ECB chief executive defends event and says it will engage children
• ‘Our tournaments are not as relevant as they should be’

Tom Harrison, the chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, has defended the impending creation of a new Twenty20 tournament from 2020, claiming it will safeguard the future of the game and engage a generation of children that currently spends less time outside per day than prison inmates.

The ECB says it has the full support of the 18 first-class counties and MCC for a competition that will be played in addition to the existing T20 Blast and feature eight newly-created regional teams based at the biggest grounds at the height of the summer holidays. Harrison stated all 19 have now signed deeds to allow the governing body to sell the media rights on their behalf.

Related: ECB ploughs on with T20 extravaganza plan while counties scramble for cash | Vic Marks

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/27/twenty20-cricket-tom-harrison-ecbv

Jan 25

Big Bash League a TV bonanza for Ten as Seven defends tennis ratings

Ten pulls in close to 1m viewers most nights with cricket but Seven bounces back with Nick Kyrgios’ Australian Open defeat

Seven’s tennis coverage has dominated the holiday television ratings for as long as anyone can remember but Ten’s Big Bash League is threatening to eclipse the Australian Open as our favourite summer TV sport.

Most nights BBL is the most popular non-news show on free-to-air TV. By the time the Big Bash League ends on Saturday, Ten will have had four weeks of dominating the ratings charts and pulling in close to 1m viewers most nights.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/25/big-bash-league-a-tv-bonanza-for-ten-as-seven-defends-tennis-ratings

Jan 07

Big-hitting Chris Lynn called up for Australia’s ODI series against Pakistan

Big Bash star gets nod for five-match series starting in Brisbane on FridayBilly Stanlake also named in squad; Aaron Finch and George Bailey droppedUncapped middle-order batsman Chris Lynn has been rewarded for his Big Bash League pyrotechnics with a p…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/07/big-hitting-chris-lynn-called-up-for-australias-odi-series-against-pakistan

Dec 31

Chris Lynn good enough at international level in all forms, says Vettori

Chris Lynn follows up match-winning 85* (48) with innings of 84* (50)Brisbane Heat coach Vettori backs big hitter in all forms of the gameThere is no doubt master blaster Chris Lynn can play Twenty20 cricket.But Brisbane Heat coach Dan Vettori says Lyn…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/dec/31/lynn-good-enough-international-level-vettori