Cricket Australia posted an operating surplus of AUD$18.2m (€11.3m/$12.6m) in 2018-19 with overall revenues totalling AUD$485.9m.
Revenue from continuing operations stood at AUD$474.3m, with other income totalling AUD$11.6m. The AUD$18.2m surplus figure is more than double that of the previous year (AUD$8.3m).
Expenditure from media, broadcasting and marketing commitments totalled AUD$31.4m. The body’s main expenditure was for players and umpires, which amounted to AUD$104.5m, with events and operations expenditure totalling AUD$72.5m.
Cricket Australia holds major domestic media-rights deals with pay-television broadcaster Fox Sports and commercial broadcaster Seven under a six-year deal covering the 2018-19 to 2023-24 seasons.
The deal, signed in April 2018, resulted in limited-over internationals going behind the paywall for the first time and ended Nine’s long-running association with the rights. At the time it was reported that the partnership would result in an overall benefit to the sport worth AUD$1.18bn.
Internationally, Cricket Australia holds rights deals in the UK with pay-television broadcaster BT Sport, Sony Pictures Networks India on the Indian subcontinent, beIN Media Group in the Middle East and North Africa, and pay-television broadcaster Sky Sport in New Zealand.
Energy company Alinta Energy is the principal partner of Australia’s men’s national team under a four-year deal that began in July 2018. Alinta serves as a platinum partner of Cricket Australia alongside real estate company Domain, which title sponsors the body’s home Test series.