Nine has secured the rights to the next two Test Cricket series in England, according to media reports.
Nine-owned Australian Financial Review reports Nine will pay about $40 million to air the 2027 and 2031 clashes in the biennial cricket contest, sources said. The rights are likely to remain jointly held by Nine and pay TV company Foxtel.
It speculates that Seven was not prepared to pay more than $50 million for the two series, sought by The England and Wales Cricket Board.
The deal ends Seven West Media’s efforts to bring the entirety of the Ashes onto its free-to-air network. Seven has the rights to the Ashes series on Australian soil until 2031 as part of a $1.5 billion, seven-year deal with Cricket Australia it shares with Foxtel.
Nine is in exclusive talks with Rugby Australia about a new broadcast deal for Stan Sport to take over once the existing agreement and is expect to announce a new deal for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Foxtel indicated it did not comment on ongoing negotiations.