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Blockbuster AFL broadcast deal went right down to the wire, says chairman Goyder

The step-up in rights is a burden however the price of not renewing can be even greater.

Morningstar analyst Brian Han

With the incumbents – Seven and Foxtel – clinching the deal, analysts mentioned shedding the printed rights merely wasn’t an possibility for both firm, thereby delivering the hefty windfall for the AFL.

UBS media analyst Tom Beadle noticed the $4.5 billion worth of the deal as a obligatory evil for Foxtel and Seven regardless of the worth representing a 54 per cent premium to the unique 2017-22 broadcast deal, and a 36 per cent premium to the latest 2023-24 deal.

“Strategically we see the deal as optimistic for each Seven and Foxtel. Nevertheless, excessive ranges of competitors for premium sporting content material such because the AFL continues to drive important inflation in the price of premium content material globally, significantly because the obstacles to entry for sports activities broadcasting are decrease than historical past,” Beadle mentioned.

“In our view, this dynamic makes it troublesome for platforms to derive extra returns on premium sporting content material,” he added.

Whereas no breakdown was supplied on the $4.5 billion headline determine, Morningstar’s Brian Han estimates that the present break up for broadcast rights (and prices) at 65:35 Foxtel/Seven.

Whereas costly, he says shedding the printed rights would have been dangerous for each Seven and Foxtel.


“The step-up in rights is a burden however the price of not renewing can be even greater. Information Corp’s video subscription providers rely closely on AFL as a subscription driver for Foxtel and Kayo. As Australia’s premier sporting code, AFL’s significance to Seven is even higher,” he mentioned.

“One solely wants to have a look at Community Ten to see the implications of shedding AFL. Ten misplaced the rights on the finish of 2011 and its metropolitan (tv) income share fell from 28.1 per cent in fiscal 2011 to twenty.9 per cent by fiscal 2014 and has not recovered since, exhibiting the vulnerability of an undiversified TV community which Seven nonetheless primarily is.”

Foxtel’s Delany highlighted the position that sports activities like AFL will play because it appears to be like to develop its audiences throughout Kayo and Foxtel Sport.

“The large product function of Kayo and Foxtel is to have 50 sports activities in a single place. And that’s fairly distinctive on the earth. And it signifies that all the massive sports activities have gotten to be with us as a way to develop,” he mentioned.

It’s a part of a much bigger technique at Foxtel to be the house of all content material.

“We predict the period of aggregation is coming. That’s the following large factor that the Foxtel Group is engaged on – how we will combination all of our personal streaming providers, and people of others along with free to air TV, in a approach that’s extremely cost-effective for shoppers and ourselves.”

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