Australia news May 8, 2013

Channel Ten makes bold play for TV rights

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Channel Nine may be closer to losing the television rights to international cricket in Australia than at any time in the past 33 years, after their rival Ten made a bold combined bid for both international and BBL matches as a way to revitalise the recently moribund network.

Following the conclusion of an exclusive negotiating period between Ten and Cricket Australia, ESPNcricinfo understands Nine have been made aware of the scope of Ten's bid, which for international cricket alone is believed to comfortably outstrip CA's seven-year, $315 million deal with Nine that expired at the end of summer.

This news will be the cause for hurried additional meetings by Nine executives over the next month, as they weigh up the cost of retaining rights they have not been seriously challenged for since their former impresario Kerry Packer used the World Series Cricket breakaway to win exclusive access to all officially-sanctioned international cricket in Australia in 1979. Nine have always retained the rights to the last bid, but the strength of their resolve is now to be tested.

Nine may yet come through with the cash required to trump Ten, but the latter is already set to claim free-to-air rights to the Twenty20 BBL for next summer and beyond, having been attracted to the revamped competition through its eye-catching television ratings on Fox Sports over the past two seasons.

It was a result that required a significant financial outlay by CA and the states to generate. These costs were obscured somewhat by the annual windfall provided by the T20 Champions League, whose exorbitant TV rights, participation fees and prize money were negotiated by CA and the BCCI in the afterglow of the inaugural IPL in 2008.

Were Ten to win the rights to international cricket they could be expected to show most of the BBL on their digital multi-channel One, an option CA would likely find attractive over pay television because it would be available in a far greater number of households than Fox Sports.

Though CA's relationship with Nine has been a mutually beneficial union over many seasons and both parties remain comfortable with one another, there is a growing view that a change of television rights holder would reflect cricket's desire to remain vital in an increasingly fragmented and competitive sporting landscape.

There is little fear at CA that a move from Nine to Ten would result in a reduction of television audience figures for the game, despite the Australian public's instinctive association of cricket with the network of Packer, Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry and Ian Chappell.

While the BBL and international matches are in demand, little interest exists in the domestic limited overs competition or the Sheffield Shield, though there remains a chance the competitions could still find partial television coverage.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • trav696 on May 8, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    This is disappointing to see. Cricket's home in Australia has been on channel 9, 'Nine' s Wide World of Sports.' Money should not be a factor in this decision because cricket belongs on 9, and will not look right on channel 10. @ Meety, I agree with you. Who ever takes over from here, needs to makes sure they telecast all games Australia plays around the world, not just in Australia. If Australia plays abroad, then this should be shown...

  • farkin on May 12, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    from the better income of this for Cricket Australia will it mean Australia does not go to India or India comes here as often as it does now ?

  • on May 11, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Even though Ch Nine's standard of cricket commentary and broadcast has slipped in the past two years, and probably will continue to do so with the departure of Tony Greig, Ch Ten would be much worse...so keep it on Nine.

  • Meety on May 11, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    @bommber on (May 10, 2013, 3:02 GMT) - yeah I agree - James Brayshaw annoys the cheddar out of me! == == == If Channel ten gets the rights, (assuming no King Richie), I vote for Mike Whitney being the host, I think he'd be brilliant! Has experience at hosting shows.

  • on May 10, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Hi Michael Gray, Simon Barnes should be Simon Hughes. Barnes writes for the Times. Hughes is the guy you are referring to who played for Middlesex and Durham. Excellent writer also himself

  • bemUSed2 on May 10, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    to all those people who seem to be looking at channel 9s coverage through rose coloured glasses... have you forgotten the EXCELLENT coverage of the 2005 ashes on SBS??? the WONDERFUL coverage of the 1995 tour of the West Indies on channel 10??? perhaps you have never seen the OUTSTANDING coverage of the BBL on fox??? believe me... channel 9 is a laughing stock of the sports coverage world and australia is full of vastly better commentators than these poor, outdated, out of touch, talentless hacks (M Slater has promise but is held back by the dead weight)... for those who listen to ABC radio... they are not much better these days, i often listen for up to 20 minutes before they stop telling self-indulgent stories and actually give a score update... thank God for cricinfo!!!

  • Nightwing32 on May 10, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    I think it is just the nostalgia but I'm keen to see how Ten does this. They will show Domestic which I think is great for the game in Australia. Channel 10 I think know that if they screw up the cricket, they are as good as gone as a channel.

  • bommber on May 10, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    what ever it takes to get rid of mark nichols and james brayshaw.they are both annoying in there own particular way that they turn me off watching sometimes.get me some people who have played international cricket there are plenty of them out there.

  • on May 10, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    If Ten do get the rights, they could talk to Channel 4 in the UK. They took over coverage of international cricket in the UK around 2000 for a few years. Excellent coverage; innovate segments like The Analyst, where Simon Barnes analysed play in near real-time, innovative camera angles and good, to-the-point commentary. And they knew when to refrain and let the cricket do the talking.

  • gallarate on May 9, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Will somebody still say things like "Edges......and taken!" and "What a ripper!"?

  • trav696 on May 8, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    This is disappointing to see. Cricket's home in Australia has been on channel 9, 'Nine' s Wide World of Sports.' Money should not be a factor in this decision because cricket belongs on 9, and will not look right on channel 10. @ Meety, I agree with you. Who ever takes over from here, needs to makes sure they telecast all games Australia plays around the world, not just in Australia. If Australia plays abroad, then this should be shown...

  • farkin on May 12, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    from the better income of this for Cricket Australia will it mean Australia does not go to India or India comes here as often as it does now ?

  • on May 11, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Even though Ch Nine's standard of cricket commentary and broadcast has slipped in the past two years, and probably will continue to do so with the departure of Tony Greig, Ch Ten would be much worse...so keep it on Nine.

  • Meety on May 11, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    @bommber on (May 10, 2013, 3:02 GMT) - yeah I agree - James Brayshaw annoys the cheddar out of me! == == == If Channel ten gets the rights, (assuming no King Richie), I vote for Mike Whitney being the host, I think he'd be brilliant! Has experience at hosting shows.

  • on May 10, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Hi Michael Gray, Simon Barnes should be Simon Hughes. Barnes writes for the Times. Hughes is the guy you are referring to who played for Middlesex and Durham. Excellent writer also himself

  • bemUSed2 on May 10, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    to all those people who seem to be looking at channel 9s coverage through rose coloured glasses... have you forgotten the EXCELLENT coverage of the 2005 ashes on SBS??? the WONDERFUL coverage of the 1995 tour of the West Indies on channel 10??? perhaps you have never seen the OUTSTANDING coverage of the BBL on fox??? believe me... channel 9 is a laughing stock of the sports coverage world and australia is full of vastly better commentators than these poor, outdated, out of touch, talentless hacks (M Slater has promise but is held back by the dead weight)... for those who listen to ABC radio... they are not much better these days, i often listen for up to 20 minutes before they stop telling self-indulgent stories and actually give a score update... thank God for cricinfo!!!

  • Nightwing32 on May 10, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    I think it is just the nostalgia but I'm keen to see how Ten does this. They will show Domestic which I think is great for the game in Australia. Channel 10 I think know that if they screw up the cricket, they are as good as gone as a channel.

  • bommber on May 10, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    what ever it takes to get rid of mark nichols and james brayshaw.they are both annoying in there own particular way that they turn me off watching sometimes.get me some people who have played international cricket there are plenty of them out there.

  • on May 10, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    If Ten do get the rights, they could talk to Channel 4 in the UK. They took over coverage of international cricket in the UK around 2000 for a few years. Excellent coverage; innovate segments like The Analyst, where Simon Barnes analysed play in near real-time, innovative camera angles and good, to-the-point commentary. And they knew when to refrain and let the cricket do the talking.

  • gallarate on May 9, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Will somebody still say things like "Edges......and taken!" and "What a ripper!"?

  • on May 9, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    Whoever get the rights needs to broadcast every match Australia plays, home and away, live in HD.

    Also, the Sheffield Shield/Ryobi Cup Final should be telecast, as well as a domestic cricket highlights package at the end of each week during the summer, or something like that.

  • Moppa on May 9, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    I would be happy with a change. Channel 9 has tradition on its side and should be recognised for many innovations that are now standard in cricket TV coverage (everything from stump mics to stump cam to hotspot to spidercam) but it is really a bit tired now. I like Mark Taylor, Ian Chappell has his moments, and I don't actually mind Mark Nicholas' bottomless enthusiasm, but the rest are pretty tiresome (apart from Richie, of course, who only does guest stints these days). A fresh take on the coverage would be excellent. Less of the pick a cliche/stating the obvious commentary we've been getting in recent years.

  • ozziefan08 on May 9, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    I like this. As long as Ten puts the cricket on LIVE around the country. Living in Perth the only ODI games this year that were shown live were on a Sunday.Every other day was a 3-4 hour delay> I dont want to watch a delayed telecast with 15 ads after every over/wicket. By the end of the summer I was sick of listening to channel 9 and the cricket altogether, I couldnt wait for the Footy!. One great thing about Fox Sports is that the cricket is live with very very limited ad breaks. Something the free to air channels cant compete with

  • rohan34mca on May 9, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    No No No No... I am Indian spectator and there is nothing better than watching 9s coverage of matches in Australia!! I was desperate to see world cup being held there and If Ten takes over it will be a disaster for me :-( I have been waiting for 21 years for the world cup.. Nothing more exciting than Bill Lawry's voice - "He's hit that straight in the air, Kirsten is underneath it, he is normally good.....(After he takes catch).. He is very very good", Ten is nowhere near :-(

  • ygkd on May 9, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    We should remember that Channel Nine only ever obtained the rights by leveraging them away from the ABC, the national broadcaster (who I think may have reached more of the population, especially in some rural areas such as where I lived), thanks to the WSC split and a bigger cheque-book. So save all the responses about loyalty please, because the same things were said thirty years ago, with the boot on the other foot. Given the history, the current sentiment, however well-intentioned, sounds a little naive.

  • Ozcricketwriter on May 9, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    To the viewer, it isn't going to make any difference which channel it is, so long as it is on. While we will get different commentators, Channel 10 could end up with good commentators anyway. This sounds like a bit of a storm in a teacup to me.

  • on May 9, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    So long as it's available in HD I'm happy for it to go to 10, with the radio coverage turned on.

    Channel 9 have dropped the ball and their commentary team are hardly "experts"

  • Nerk on May 9, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Cricket on 9 has been an institution in Australia for a long time, but they have screwed up their sports coverage big time, not just regarding cricket. Too many ads, too much talk, not enough of it intellegent. I don't want to hear Benaud or Lawry talking about the new series of 'The Voice' or 'Underbelly', I want them to talk cricket.

  • themagpie on May 9, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Channel 10 - some names of commentators to try and get in: Damien Fleming, Allan Border, Dean Jones, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist, Lisa Sthalekar, Jim Maxwell.

    Some names of commentators to avoid: Mark Nicholas, Michael Slater, James Brayshaw, Brett Lee, Ian Healy, Ian Chappell

  • Front_foot_cyber_bully_aka_Milepost on May 9, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    Time's up 9 and it can't come soon enough. 9s coverage is pathetic - compare with the recent India series covered by the BICC. Gavaskar, Manjekar, Shastri, Dravid et al versus Taylor, McGrath, Lee and Healy plus other nondescripts. It's such poor quality. And then the commercials, missing parts of the over and blatant plugs throughout. Truely abhorrent.

  • on May 9, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Look at all the innovation Channel 9 has brought to the coverage, stump cam, ball tracker, hot spot etc etc, can you see a TV network that is struggling to survive in the industry pouring extra money into it's coverage to keep the broadcast fresh and innovative each season. Also don't forget that channel 9 shares it's local broadcast with Fox Sports so you can see highlights packages at the end of the day or next morning before the next days play in Test matches if you missed any of that days play, can you see Channel 10 doing the same!!!! So far all I read on this blog is I'm tired of watching 9 cricket but am HOPING 10 do something better, better the deveil you know then the devil you don't. Do what I do, watch the Channel 9 programme for pictures, but listen to ABC radio for the broadcast.

  • cheesemethod on May 9, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    I'll admit that channel nine have been the innovators of the television coverage for the past 30 years but their lack of respect for viewers that don't live in NSW or VIC is so disappointing. In Queensland the cricket is on but you are forced to watch Antiques roadshow, nine news or ACA to fit in with nines programming. This did change a bit with the introduction of extra digital channels but they still show delayed coverage so they televise a game at their 7:30 time slot. I've always believed that free to air get the rights but payTV should be able to simulcast the FULL game live in HD, so if you are a true sports fan you can still get access to the content for when channel nine decides that watching "The hot seat" is more important than watching the cricket because you're in the wrong time zone. I wouldn't be surprised if channel TEN also broadcasted the full live coverage on ONE which is their HD channel. HD doesn't make a huge difference to much TV but it does to cricket,

  • on May 9, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    I hope whoever wins the rights also shows the ABROAD tours... I know many families who will stop subscribing to Foxtel if those matches are also shown! Anyways, What Australia needs is a free-to-air sports-dedicated channel so that they don't have to show news/other programs in the middle of a match. I wouldn't mind if Ten wins the rights as long as they don't do what they did with the IPL (i.e. show delayed matches in the 1st year and then completely stop showing matches in the latter years)

  • drewhoo on May 8, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    What's more important to me is showing the BBL on free-to-air (currently a sorely lost opportunity by CA) and the decent overseas matches in the wee hours.

    At the end of the day channel 10 are going to splash out on decent ex-cricketer commentators, and that's really what matters (whether they be the current ch9 crop or not). It's not like there's a shortage of retired Aus players atm!

  • duralsumo on May 8, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    Having had all of my adult life with the well known musical theme for the cricket it will be sad on a personal perspective of C9 loses the rights. I guess in this day and age loyalty and sediment does not count for none. I agree with the concensus that something has to be done to revitalise domestic coverage. That does not detract to the level of commitment that Fox Sports to cricket coverage. I can recall the final domestic final shown on free to air. A full Adelaide Oval. The following year and empty MCG and no atmosphere. Further the Sheffield Shield needs more coverage. Showing the final good and well how about showing some games like they used. Good avenue for Fox Sports.

  • Wefinishthis on May 8, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    What Channel 10 and Cricket Australia don't understand is that part of the appeal of watching cricket on TV in Australia is the personality culture of the commentary team. The cricket show (which I think is sometimes more interesting than the cricket itself) is an example of an offshoot of their personalities. I'm not sure it would be as good without Tubby, Heals and Slats. Unless the deal includes all of the contracted commentator staff, many people might lose interest as they will feel 'it's just not the same anymore' and proceed to blame that on Channel 10's incompetence when in reality it's just people having to get used to change. Once interest in TV viewership wanes, people will talk about it less and therefore attend less games which will end up costing cricket Australia in the long run. Channel 10 could end up with a double-edged sword if they don't handle it wisely. I do hope that they continue to bring out a new toy every summer though (super slo-mo, hotspot, skycam etc).

  • JimboK on May 8, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    If it does happen, can we look forward to the delicious prospect of Kerry O'Keefe on television?

  • on May 8, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    @Rowan "I hope 10 covers that and all the international matches, with less KFC ads." this will only happen if someone else sponsors the cricket. At least we shouldn't have Vodafail ads this season.

  • on May 8, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Chanel 9's cricket coverage died without Tony Grieg last year. This Year Bill Lawry won't be there either and Richie Benaud will only work part time. I reckon its time for a change. I reckon going with 10 is the best. Hopefully there comentators are good. Let wait and see what happens.

  • hayeled on May 8, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    Channel Nine has shown a high level of disrespect for the game for many years now. Having commentator A spruiking a car manufacturer's new financing plan or commentator B cross-promoting Channel Nine's new home-renovation show *whilst balls are being bowled* really damages the credibility of the commentators in question.

    Advertise during breaks in play. Between overs. Don't have the commentators doing it during the game, it's embarrassing and infuriating. When the game is in play talk about cricket. Having to hit the mute button to avoid hearing about some Channel Nine dancing competition program, and then having a wicket fall in the midst of it really dilutes the experience.

    Maybe Channel Ten can show the game a bit more respect.

  • on May 8, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    channel 9 coverage is poor. the commentators of 9 all they do is telling stories about themselves and keep laughing at their own jokes over and over and over again. And also sometimes they delay the coverage. Also the rugby league coverage of 9 is also terrible. the cricket aus doesn't need channel 9 it will be better off without them.very unprofessional

    cmon 10 we can only hope they get it.

  • on May 8, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    People who have got used to the 9 commentary team over the decades need to remember that Bill Lawry has now retired, Richie Benaud is only part time, and Tony Greig is no longer with us - so things are changing anyway. I think a new network might be good because 9 has become way too comfortable and the coverage is stale and insulting as a result.

  • on May 8, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Its time for a change, channel nine never provides full coverage of international matches adequately and and they only care about their own preferences of programming of international cricket coverage ,they have shown recorded telecast, if ten does a good job by providing live coverage and retain the commentators from nine that would be good for the viewers. There is no such thing as channel nine is the cricket channel, they are like any other channels just after revenue not looking after the viewing pleasure of general public. Yes channel nine have helped developing cricket viewing technology but for the past 5 to 6 years there coverage of interesting matches like T20 and ICC one day world cup has been poor, they have shown delayed telecast and no telecast at all. If channel 10 can do proper free air covrage for the cricket loving viewers all for it.

  • Teachers on May 8, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Could be a change for the good. There might even be a new group of commentators that we will get used to. After all, channel 9 commentators only present the game as it is played, their insight is no better than other qualified presenters. Regarding all the comments about better coverage, don't hold your breath. In the aftermath of such a high priced bidding war, the victor might not have enough funds left over to service the needs of all of us viewers. It might just end up being more of the same quality/quantity, with new faces to bring the sport to our lounge rooms.

  • I-Like-Cricket on May 8, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    Have to agree with everyone. Unless they kept the current commentators I don't know if I'd want to watch it. All of channel 10's current commentators are terrible, but I suppose they always have terrible sports so that explains it I guess

  • katandthat3 on May 8, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    I'm more disappointed that it could mean less is shown on Fox. They are miles ahead of CH9. I love the Ryobi and BBL coverage with the fox team. I've seen so many overseas tours with Australia and other series not including Australia that free to air don't care about but a lot of fans do. Ch9 used to miss the first hour of state one-dayers so they could show 'Sunday' and then if the game went over they would leave for the news. Commercial networks have contempt for the viewer, I'd rather pay and get complete coverage than get half arsed for free (with load of ads - how else are they going to pay for the rights?). It means having 3 less beers a week so I can afford it, so be it. I get to watch the UK 40 league, UK T20, the upcoming series Poms v Kiwis, complete Champs Trophy etc etc. I was hoping Fox would do a cricket channel like they have for the AFL, the fact it doesn't have a season from a world perspective would be a great opportunity. See what happens anyway.

  • drinks.break on May 8, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Yes, it's funny what short memories some people have. "I'll never watch it on channel 10" ... "Cricket belongs on 9" ... "I'll only watch it if they keep the same commentary team."

    Go back three decades, and that's exactly what everyone was saying about the cricket moving to 9 from the ABC. In fact, there are still people who will watch the cricket on 9, but insist on turning the sound down and listening to the ABC radio commentary.

    If the cricket moves to 10, and if that means viewers get access to at least the same number of games, in one year's time 99% of viewers will have forgotten what the fuss was about, and the other 1% will still be listening to the commentary on the radio.

    It's ultimately not the commentators or the network that draws the viewers in, it's the game itself.

  • spongebat_squarestumps on May 8, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    I spent 12 years watching and listening to the Chanel 9 commentary team before leaving Oz for the UK in the early 90's. Since then, I've had the pleasure of worldwide telecasts on Sky and terrestrial TV, who take feeds from domestic providers for overseas matches and suppy their own comentary teams for England games. I have to say that the Aussie Chanel 9 team still set the standard.Value added commentary is NOT about the obvious things happening on screen - I can SEE that already. The real value is in the anecdotes (their past games they played or watched, off-field incidents, yarns, naratives and critiques). Over the years, that's one things that has really enriched my knowledge and understanding of the beautiful game. True I don't like being sold "memorabilia", outlandish product placement and listening to biased jingoism from some comentators, but this is the exception rather than the rule for the Nine team. If TEN win the bid, I hope they learn from this.

  • Shaggy076 on May 8, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Could be the thing Australian cricket needs right now. Not enough cash in Sheffield shield to produce enough cricketers of test match standard. The players money is in T20 and they are playing accordingly. A bidding war between the channels should bring good money back to the states because this is where we produce test cricketers. By having a great test cricket team will always give the winning TV channel the exposure they want because the Australian public will always watch a good AUstralian cricket team. Cricket AUstralia needs to be careful with the cash and put it where it is needed.

  • on May 8, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Cricket has been on channel 9 as long as I can remember. but I agree that a change could be for the better. The channel 9 coverage has definitely become a bit stale over the last couple of years for me. interesting to see what happens here.

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 8, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    GOOD NEWS !! This means that I don't have to listen to CH 9 biased commentary any more. Yeeee......

  • Gilliana on May 8, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Time for a change. Channel does not deserve another extension. Too many advertisements, news breaks and most importantly recording sessions of the game and showing it past midnight. In most cases test matches played in England or South Africa are shown past midnight. Advertisements and current affairs programs are given priority. Most importantly, commentators have bias and often very critical of visiting players while ignoring their own. Miss Tony Greig. He was always challenged when he took sides with the foreigner. He was the only guy that was balanced in his comments. Miss you Tony. RIP.

  • MrArmchairCricket on May 8, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    I don't care which free to air broadcaster gets the rights, so long as they actually broadcast Australian matches overseas (not just the Ashes, but tours to India, South Africa and even the West Indies would be nice), even if it's on one of their digital chances so as not to affect their main channels programming.

    On the domestic front, the BBL holds no appeal to me, but I'd love to see at least the Ryobi Cup back on free to air.

  • Gordo85 on May 8, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    The only problem I have with nine is that too many ex NSW players in the commentary box. Also not to mention biased commentary now since that the great Tony Greig is no longer with us.

  • on May 8, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    I won't even watch cricket if it's on channel 10. As long as they kept the same commentary team, I would watch it.. otherwise.. garbage.

  • PFEL on May 8, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Surely Richie, Bill, chappeli, tubby, slats, heals and co. couldn't be out of a job. I refuse to watch the home tests without them.

  • on May 8, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    I enjoyed cricket on Nine, but if Ten & One offer a better deal and broadcast package then why not ? If CA gets more money from Ten it should be put into shield cricket and not making BBL more flashy. BBL isnt helping the current generation develop their long form games.

  • bluey on May 8, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    I'm all for a channel change for Australian Cricket, but does it have to be ch10, even Seven Sport will do, with ch10 having broadcast right to the IPL & not showing any matches for the last 4 yrs, whats going to become of any home matches with ch10? Will we end up having to watch home tests ,ODI & T20 matches on Internet streaming because there is not enough interest? Wouldnt be suprised if ch10 do get the rights, Australian Cricket will be finished.

  • Mary_786 on May 8, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Channel 9 has done a great job with cricket, i hope it stays with them.

  • on May 8, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    I'd love to see more coverage of international series for tours overseas (or, indeed, any), not to mention the coverage of domestic cricket on FTA.

    Hell, if any and all Rugby League and AFL games can get TV coverage, surely domestic cricket can find a home (even if it's on One/Gem depending who gets the rights).

    As for the coverage and commentators, generally I have the sound down to a whisper, so that I can tune out the ad breaks and most of the surplus noise. I know enough about cricket to be able to just watch it, and anything important (like a change of bowler, or the score) is on the screen anyway, and I know how to read.

  • Meety on May 8, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    @S_K_Bijarniya on (May 8, 2013, 7:28 GMT) - cricket's home IN Australia has been Channell 9 almost exclusively for 30+ years - its a fact, that is why he said it. None of the W/Cups were in Oz, Ch9 had relays from those networks. Apart from Ch 10 & SBS on overseas tours - ALL other free to air cricket is on Channell 9. I think the ABC stopped broadcasting cricket in the early 80s (on TV).

  • bobagorof on May 8, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    I was quite disappointed when the domestic limited overs matches were removed from Free-To-Air TV. I used to enjoy watching the states play on Saturday and Sunday - it was the only chance I had of seeing non-International players throughout the summer. I'd love to watch Shield too, but unfortunately I have to work during the week!

  • dwalker on May 8, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    My worry about Channel 10 is that they had the rights to the IPL for years and didn't use them. They covered the first IPL on Channel 10, with most of the early matches on delay. The second IPL was on One, which was available only in state capitals, not where I am (Canberra). After that, absolutely nothing. Will they do any better if they have tests or the BBL?

  • S_K_Bijarniya on May 8, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    in reply to 'trav696' : how can you say 'Cricket's home in Australia has been on channel 9, 'Nine' s Wide World of Sports.'' i am from India. world cup 2003 and 2007 were telecast-ed by Sony. when ESPN STAR SPORTS won rights for icc T20 world cup 2007 (2007-2015) . we thought that SONY means only cricket but ESS completely Changed Cricket Broadcasting in india. why channel 10 cant do better than Ch 9.. ? we used to see india matches on DD 1 on DD till 2004. between 2005-2011 we used to see india's home matches at NEO.. Away games on ESS, TEN (in aus and in eng) on ESS. (in WI/ZIM/SA/SL/PAK) on TEN.. each time we get different experiences.. 'change in life is mandatory' hope channel 10 serves you better.. chears.

  • onphel1 on May 8, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    There will be NO fear at CA that a move from Nine to Ten would result in a reduction of television audience figures for the game. It would be great for the cricket fans at home to have a change as we really do get sick and bored of watching and listening to the same bunch of commentators, style (or lack of it) for nearly 2 decades for me. Time for a CHANGE now. Bring it on!!

  • Mitcher on May 8, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    No way (unfortunately) that tours outside of Ashes will appear on FTA regardless of who buys these rights. The audience just isn't there for a major network to fork out the dollars. Add to that many of the tours cutting through prime time schedules and its just an impossibility.

  • spindizzy on May 8, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    Cricket was on the ABC prior to 9 - why should this be regarded as some special situation. As long as it remains on free to air it will be fine. Foxtel is where sports go to die, cable TV has killed basketball, baseball and is doing its best to take out the A-League.

  • on May 8, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Would be a nice breath of fresh air which I think is needed.

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    The commentary is stale however that is mainly due to the old guard of Ian Chappel, Bill Lawry and Richie Benaud still there after many years. As much as I respect those wise old heads they need to be moved on IMO. Ian Chappel has become predictable to the point of knowing what he will say next almost every time in regards to attacking batting etc... Benaud; Once a great in his prime now brings the atmosphere of a nursing home directly to the viewers loungerooms. I appreciate the input though of Mark Taylor and Michael Slater as former players of the Gen X era. Mark Taylor particularly has very important insights such as when he pinpointed Australia's lack of a stump to stump bowler for AUS in the caning that SA gave AUS in Perth. Just like his former days as captain, he was spot on. Michael Slater is generally a fun loving bloke which is important and Mark nicholas brings an outsiders 'Cricket Fans' perspective. I would love to hear AB's perspective as well + Dean Jones.

  • Dashgar on May 8, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    About time. Channel nines coverage has deteriorated a lot recently. Channel 10 will shake things up if they get the rights. Even if the cricket returns to 9 after a few years they will realise they need to do better to make the cricket work.

  • Ms.Cricket on May 8, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Australian audiences need a change. The Channel Nine coverage had been exceptional before but its production standards have dropped significantly in the last few years. It would be good to see Channel Ten get it and hopefully introduce some freshness. What one hopes also will be back on free-toair screens is the local weekend Ryobi Cup matches which unfortunately diappeared from Ch 9 some years ago.

  • on May 8, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Awesome, I can't wait, BBL on PPV only? UnAustralian lol, 9 should've covered it, slack. I hope 10 covers that and all the international matches, with less KFC adds. Also, it would be great if the Shield or other Domestic matches had some TV coverage when little else is on during the Summer, 10 might even show the IPL!

  • Meety on May 8, 2013, 5:46 GMT

    @ Rolfardeo on (May 8, 2013, 5:03 GMT) - that is not necessarily Ch 9s fault, it is CA trying to get people to go to the game rather than watch on TV.

  • David_Boon on May 8, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Unfortunately, the TV coverage on the cricket in Australia is terrible. I streamed the India-Australia test series recently and the Indian coverage is miles ahead. Even the commentary - a traditional strength of CH9 - was considerably better(with Ravi Shastri leading the way). I think the problem is that the bidding war that Cricket Australia has encouraged has caused the networks to bid more than they can afford, so flood the coverage with ads to make up the necessary revenue. They also don't actually showcase the cricket itself - Nine have used the cricket as a vehicle to push their more profitable programming (reality TV). Nine's habit of not showing the match in its entirety is also disgraceful (cutting away for political press conferences, news, playing ads in the middle of overs, playing too many ads between overs so that we miss action.

    As much as I have loved Nine's coverage in the past, I'm praying that they lose the rights as the last 5 or 6 years have been disgraceful.

  • on May 8, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    If the Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cob were on free to air TV I am sure more people would watch it, as long as it didn't clash with international cricket. I think the problem is who would buy pay TV just for Shield and Ryobi Cup? But if it was on free to air TV people would watch it. I know I would. On a slightly different topic is there any chance we could get Australia's overseas tours on free to air. I think it would be perfect for ONE and it would attract decent commentators to the channel rater than if Ten and ONE only got the rights to Shield and Ryobi Cup. At the end of the day I can't see Nine giving up on the Australian international summer. It's their baby.

  • pt_pt on May 8, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Yes this is great news , a change is needed really. Hope that Channel 10 gets the rights so that we can see something new and refreshing on FTA.

  • Mitcher on May 8, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Anything that results in a change in the approach to commentary would be a god send. The increasing parochialism is so painful. Healy being the worst of the worst. What happened to having at least one guest commentator from the visiting nation to keep things in check. The only positive left is at least our commentators are 'allowed' to say those three letters in sequence: D......R..................S.

  • Rolfardeo on May 8, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    I am all for channel 10 covering the cricket so long as they discontinue the channel 9 practice of failing to fully cover an international match in Perth, when that match is being played in Perth. What a terrible practice this has been! I can not think of a legitimate reason for Channel 9 to be able to do this. They have exclusive broadcasting rights, only to deny the population of Perth the ability to view FULL coverage of the cricket while the rest of the country is unaffected. Why? All this does is restrict the game to those that ate able to attend at the ground and severely frustrate all of the fans who are unable to get to the ground. What is the point in having the rights of coverage only to prevent the public's ability to view the game we love?

  • on May 8, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Thank god!! I hate Channel 9 Cricket Commentary ! It is so Biased !

  • silly_mid_on on May 8, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    The best coverage by far is ABC radio. I hope Jim Maxwell et al stay there.

    Where is Channel 10 going to find $300 million? They've got less money than Cyprus.

  • Meety on May 8, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    As long as Richie is captain of the commentry team - I don't care which channell has the cricket! My other demands would be; #1 Live coverage of the Ashes (no delayed telecasts of the 1st session, #2 Actually televise other tours like in WI & SA & SL etc, #3 Some sort of weekly Shield highlights package (if not a one live game), better than what is usually shown on ONE, #4 Some sort of weekly highlights package of the Ryobi (if not a live game). #5 Bring back the Legends Beach Cricket matches, that was brilliant!

  • AngryAngy on May 8, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Fox Sports coverage is great, but domestic cricket badly needs to make a return to FTA in some form.

  • Showbags88 on May 8, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Great news. Even if Ten doesn't get the rights the competition with Nine will ensure that Cricket gets a good TV deal out of this.

    Nine's coverage has become a little stale to me. A new network with a new commentary team (maybe they could bring over a few from the 9 team) would breathe new life into the sport. Kerry O'Keefe, Damien Fleming, Jim Maxwell should be mandatory for any new network to sign as commentators.

  • MinusZero on May 8, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Its likely if it was shown on channel 10 that the same channel 9 commentators would move to channel 10. Seen it in the past when sport has moved from one station to the next. It would be a shame though, the coverage would benefit from new blood not 70 year old blood that has been boring us towing the company line for years. Michael Slater was great on pay tv, was objective and opinionated...then he moved to channel 9 and immediately he was on board with the biased aussie commentary.

  • MinusZero on May 8, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    Its likely if it was shown on channel 10 that the same channel 9 commentators would move to channel 10. Seen it in the past when sport has moved from one station to the next. It would be a shame though, the coverage would benefit from new blood not 70 year old blood that has been boring us towing the company line for years. Michael Slater was great on pay tv, was objective and opinionated...then he moved to channel 9 and immediately he was on board with the biased aussie commentary.

  • Showbags88 on May 8, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    Great news. Even if Ten doesn't get the rights the competition with Nine will ensure that Cricket gets a good TV deal out of this.

    Nine's coverage has become a little stale to me. A new network with a new commentary team (maybe they could bring over a few from the 9 team) would breathe new life into the sport. Kerry O'Keefe, Damien Fleming, Jim Maxwell should be mandatory for any new network to sign as commentators.

  • AngryAngy on May 8, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Fox Sports coverage is great, but domestic cricket badly needs to make a return to FTA in some form.

  • Meety on May 8, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    As long as Richie is captain of the commentry team - I don't care which channell has the cricket! My other demands would be; #1 Live coverage of the Ashes (no delayed telecasts of the 1st session, #2 Actually televise other tours like in WI & SA & SL etc, #3 Some sort of weekly Shield highlights package (if not a one live game), better than what is usually shown on ONE, #4 Some sort of weekly highlights package of the Ryobi (if not a live game). #5 Bring back the Legends Beach Cricket matches, that was brilliant!

  • silly_mid_on on May 8, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    The best coverage by far is ABC radio. I hope Jim Maxwell et al stay there.

    Where is Channel 10 going to find $300 million? They've got less money than Cyprus.

  • on May 8, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Thank god!! I hate Channel 9 Cricket Commentary ! It is so Biased !

  • Rolfardeo on May 8, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    I am all for channel 10 covering the cricket so long as they discontinue the channel 9 practice of failing to fully cover an international match in Perth, when that match is being played in Perth. What a terrible practice this has been! I can not think of a legitimate reason for Channel 9 to be able to do this. They have exclusive broadcasting rights, only to deny the population of Perth the ability to view FULL coverage of the cricket while the rest of the country is unaffected. Why? All this does is restrict the game to those that ate able to attend at the ground and severely frustrate all of the fans who are unable to get to the ground. What is the point in having the rights of coverage only to prevent the public's ability to view the game we love?

  • Mitcher on May 8, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    Anything that results in a change in the approach to commentary would be a god send. The increasing parochialism is so painful. Healy being the worst of the worst. What happened to having at least one guest commentator from the visiting nation to keep things in check. The only positive left is at least our commentators are 'allowed' to say those three letters in sequence: D......R..................S.

  • pt_pt on May 8, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Yes this is great news , a change is needed really. Hope that Channel 10 gets the rights so that we can see something new and refreshing on FTA.

  • on May 8, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    If the Sheffield Shield and Ryobi Cob were on free to air TV I am sure more people would watch it, as long as it didn't clash with international cricket. I think the problem is who would buy pay TV just for Shield and Ryobi Cup? But if it was on free to air TV people would watch it. I know I would. On a slightly different topic is there any chance we could get Australia's overseas tours on free to air. I think it would be perfect for ONE and it would attract decent commentators to the channel rater than if Ten and ONE only got the rights to Shield and Ryobi Cup. At the end of the day I can't see Nine giving up on the Australian international summer. It's their baby.