Just read Rugby Australia took the very low offer to resign the TV rights to Foxtel for only $20m a year. I cant believe they didn't go with Optus for more money. So my point here is what is going to happen to the A-League? I believe Foxtel only value the HAL @ $10m a year now. I just don't know how A-League clubs will survive next season let alone the Nixs. I think the FFA will have to cut ties with the Nix so the Australian clubs get more money unless Sky Sports pays more then there $180,000 a year TV deal.
This is not looking that great. The A-League can’t start until clubs pay the owed player wages and FOXTEL is playing hardball with the TV rights. Obviously there will be some tough negotiations going on behind the scene. Even if FOXTEL do front up with even $20 million in TV rights the financial viability of the competition is in question. There are probably many clubs who are in dire financial position and some might not make it.
The Nix should be OK as they have the NZ govt $1 million and have committed owners. Maybe the FFA model A-league is finished. Let the whole thing crash and burn. Out of the ashes you could get an independent new competition with the clubs still standing running the new comp by themselves including negotiating a new broadcasting deal. We could be looking at a new low cost model with much lower wages and few imports.
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