The Big Bash League is going to be cut all the way down to 43 games, 18 lower than the present length, from the 2024-25 season.
The revamp is a part of a new seven-year domestic broadcast deal strike by Cricket Australia with Foxtel cluster and 7 West Media.
CRICKET AUSTRALIA’s same United States liquid unit content was reduced within the new deal to permit Increased player availability, a bigger proportion of prime-time matches, and stronger alignment with college holidays.”
BBL was last to vie in the 43-game (incl. three post-league matches) format in the 2017-18 seas sixty-ones since distended to 61 games together with a finals series that includes 5 matches. The length of the tournament has returned criticism provided that the simplest Australian players representing the national team rarely struggle within a thin-progress T20 league.
The in-progress season of the league, which can see the participation of each David Warner (Sydney Thunder) and Steve Smith (Sydney Sixers) post the completion of the January 1 Test, will lose heaps of overseas abilities to the SA20 and ILT20 leagues. It’s one thing the league hopes to avoid with the reform in future seasons.
Seven-year Broadcast deal value AUD 1.5 billion
The new broadcast deal will run from the middle of 2024 until the tip of the 2030-31 season. It has been signed for a price of AUD 1.5 billion. Seven and Foxtel paid AUD 1.18 billion in 2018 for the present six-year deal. It is grabbing the rights from the 9 Network that control them for quite forty years.
Seven and CRICKET AUSTRALIA had been hostile over content since 2020. This broadcast deal threatened to drag out of the continued contract, filing proceedings at the tribunal of Australia in June. As a part of this contract extension, currently running till 2031, Seven has agreed to clear off legal proceedings against CRICKET AUSTRALIA over an apparent lack of quality within the BBL.
Seven said on Tuesday, it’d pay AUD 65 million a year in the new deal. A 13% reduction on the present one, and would save quite AUD fifty million in money. It will be over the term from reduced fees and production costs.