Deadlock in talks over Foxtel-Ten AFL sublicensing deal

Talks between Australian commercial broadcaster Ten and pay-television operator Foxtel over a sublicensing deal for coverage of the Australian Football League Aussie rules competition have stalled, according to the Fairfax Media news service.

Ten is interested in acquiring rights for 11 Saturday afternoon games from Foxtel, with the new cycle of rights running from 2017 to 2022. However, Foxtel is now reportedly unwilling to give up those exclusive matches

Foxtel was looking for about Aus$13m (€8.5m/$9.6m) per season for the package, but Ten only offered $7m, the report said.

Foxtel attempted to secure some of Ten’s rights for the domestic Big Bash Twenty20 cricket competition in exchange for a lower fee, but Ten rejected the offer.