Something seriously wrong with the AFL, says Foxtel

The end of this crap 18 team comp is coming.

News Corp last year gave a $300 million lifeline to Foxtel, which has been facing its own challenges as subscribers shift to cheaper streaming services. But the Murdoch-controlled media company, which has loaned Foxtel $900 million over the years, has said it will not tip more money into the business .

At fourth quarter results, News Corp’s subscription video segment, which is largely made up of Foxtel, reported a revenue fall of 14 per cent for the full year to $US1.8 billion. Foxtel’s total customer base is currently under 2 million customers, while sports service Kayo has 542,000. Chief executive Patrick Delaney said earlier this month that the subscription television operator would only focus on acquiring TV rights to ‘tier-one’ sports moving forward.

Mr Thomson said Foxtel, which is 65 per cent owned by News Corp and 35 per cent owned by Telstra, would base its future decisions on whether to invest in sports rights on the quality of games, rather than just the quantity.

“These things are not just about the quantity of matches, they are about the quality of the experience for our customers,” he said. "We all know which teams are the big drawers and the importance of exclusivity. And that for us is a big factor. Not just how much we spend, but the quality of the relationship we have with the sport and how the sport understands our needs.

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Bye bye Norf

Should the league allow a TV broadcaster to determine the number of teams? Should a media company become involved in deciding which teams stay or go

I say no.


Maybe Foxtel should look inwards…their pricing policies are antiquated in this modern world.


AFL transitioning to their own online platform (WatchAFL) is inevitable. Until then there’s a bit of a mutually assured destruction standoff going on, where AFL isn’t confident the whole audience would come across from Foxtel, while Foxtel are hoping that AFL will accept less money because there’s no competitors.

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The AFL is a ‘tier 1 sport’ by any measure you care to name. This is just Foxtel saying ‘we’re not going to broadcast women’s basketball anymore’. It’s going to suck for niche sports, but the big pigs in the barnyard will do just fine.

Of course, I’ve thought for a while that the AFL is planning for the end of broadcast deals completely, and will probably at some point launch its own streaming service and rake in the cash directly rather than through a middleman. Probably in conjunction with Crocmedia, god help us all.


I think they are saying they are happy to pay the AFL and NRL aka the tier one sports. It’s all the others the crikects, nbl etc etc who may loose out.

Nth vs WB still probably draws a tone more viewers than an NBL game

Edit: what HM said

The niche sports will be fine because they don’t sell rights. They self-produce the content and Foxtel just gives them the platform.

It’s the A-League, Super Rugby and Big Bash League they don’t want to pay for.

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Foxtel won’t be a thing 10 years from now


Foxtel cable won’t be a thing in 3 years. Whether they stay in streaming services Kayo, binge, foxtel now is the question.

Rupert would be quivering in his boots now that CJ has laid down that judgement.

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And didn’t ScuMo pay them tens of millions in semi-secret payments for just this women’s sports telecasting?

But no chance Scotty asks for a refund.


Call me old fashioned but what I love about cable TV is I can just sit on the couch, turn the TV on and channel surf with my remote.


Old fart.

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Could explain 11 players being delisted.

People can’t stand the AFL brand, the umpiring, the commentary, the contrived media BS, the full embracing of ‘sports entertainment’ has turned the competition into a sad joke.

I’ve got plenty of friends and family who support premiership teams who barely enjoy footy these days


Must admit, as soon as umpire decisions start dictating the way a game is heading I turn Foxtel off


I have Hulu here in the states and i can’t channel surf on my Apple TV. I have to keep going back to the menu, it KILLS me

All the while stripping money from the ABC, who would be in a great position to cover less popular sports, every chance it gets.

These payments to Rupert are little more than taxpayer funding for Liberal party advertising.


Relax. I know Trump told the world you would personally eliminate COVID, but just ignore him. He’s an idiot.