Australian Open TV rights trial commences in Federal Court

Harold Mitchell watches the Women's Singles Final match between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber during the 2016 Australian Open (by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

The Federal Court of Australia has today (Monday) opened a civil trial against former Tennis Australia directors Harold Mitchell and Steve Healy, with the court hearing that the former impeded rival bids for the domestic rights to the Australian Open in an effort to force through a deal with commercial free-to-air broadcaster Seven.

The trial brought by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) began in Melbourne today, a year on from the regulator issuing civil penalty proceedings against the duo in relation to their role in the 2013 decision that led the governing body to extend its rights deal with Seven without launching a tender process.

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