Why Fox Cricket isn’t airing LIVE of all One-Day Cup, Sheffield Shield & every Cricket Match Overseas

Despite the launch of the Fox Cricket channel, people complain about not showing all JLT One-Cup & Asia Cup Matches.

First of all, some channel airing Indian-based programming for the Indian-Australian demographic, Yupp TV have the rights.

Yes, it’s a blow to Foxtel subscribers who are interested in watching one of these competitions on this list.

But it does not mean that Foxtel will hold rights to air matches that are distributed by every test nation’s organization.

For Example, the Ashes 2019 Tour in England won’t be on Fox Cricket because Channel 9 holds the rights to this tourney.

So don’t point the finger at Foxtel staff for this valid reason.

Although, they don’t have the rights to air any Domestic Cricket Matches in England.

So that is one that Foxtel is hopeful of bringing it back next year.

Why Fox Cricket isn’t airing of all the state-based matches?

At the same time, people aren’t happy with all of the One-Day Cup matches shown live on Fox Cricket.

When they showed a repeat of a match while a live One-Day stream of the game takes place, subscribers do feel frustrated.

Yes, I agree that Fox Cricket should air every game of the One-Day Cup & Sheffield Shield Match LIVE.

But, Foxtel needs to devote some of the time towards another in-house programming that they hold rights to:

  • Rugby Union
  • NRL
  • AFL
  • NBL
  • Australian Supercars Championship

The production costs to air all of the state-based matches aren’t as cheap as you would do in any International or Big Bash Games.

And at some point, Foxtel do need the money back calculated on each year’s coverage of Cricket in Australia.

They had to help out Channel 7 to stump up $1 billion of overall TV rights fees that will run for six years.

That’s why they leave the Townsville, Hurstville & Bankstown matches to Cricket Australia to stream the games.

These venues don’t trend as much as the Sheffield Shield matches.

It’s the reason why Fox Cricket will only air 13 One-Day Cup Games plus the Sheffield Shield Final.

Yes, we’ve seen D’arcy Short’s blistering 257 at Hurstville Oval two days ago.

Very terrific stuff on a match that Fox Cricket doesn’t cover.

But as always, it’s all about the money and traveling to the games that do make commercial sense for Foxtel & Cricket Australia.

The free streams that CA airs online only have a single panned camera view.

On the other hand, Fox has multi-camera angles which require money to produce the games on TV & its Digital platforms.

It’ll take time for Foxtel to aim and revolutionize Cricket Coverage in Australia

If you’re a Foxtel subscriber complaining of these reasons covered in this post, Think again.

It’s Foxtel’s first time covering every form of the game in this country.

Although, they have covered the Big Bash, Sheffield Final & One-Day Cup games before.

And now Home Test, One-Day & Twenty20 Internationals.

Give them a chance because, by the International season starts, the fresh on-air talent & the way they broadcast Cricket will change your viewing habits.

Yes, you have to pay for it.

But if you do, the in-depth analysis & banter will reflect Foxtel’s DNA as a Fox Sporting Nation.

And that’s why they’re here to cover the Cricket that is suitable for the ordinary cricket fan 24/7.

If not, then it wouldn’t be possible.

More steps regarding the Fox Sports-Channel 7 Cricket TV deal emerges taken forward

Fox Cricket did assemble on-air coverage in the studio last night.

As part of a simulcast deal, some of the Women’s games that Fox airs, they carry the commentary from Channel 7.

But don’t expect it’ll happen on a permanent basis.

When Fox airs all of the Men’s Test & BBL games, they’ll stick with their on-air talent.

Not sure at this stage regarding the WBBL.

But since it’s emerging, Fox Cricket and Seven will assemble their separate on-air talent for those games too.

On the other hand, Channel 7 will take over full production such as:

  • 23 Women’s & 42 Men’s Big Bash Matches
  • All of Women’s One-Day & Twenty20 International Games

Only Seven will take over the clean Fox Cricket feed for the Men’s Test Matches & assemble the commentary crew of their own.


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Matthew Nicholas, the founder/blogger/vlogger on Sports Benches, is an aspiring cricket player & passionate sports fanatic who lives in Sydney, Australia.

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