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Free-to-air clause ‘stymies’ Foxtel-AFL extension, FFA deal ‘terminated’

Sebastian Ross of the St Kilda Saints runs with the ball during the Round 3 AFL match versus Western Bulldogs (by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Pay-television operator Foxtel declined to extend its rights deal with Australian rules football league the AFL due to long-running concerns over a clause in the contract concerning free-to-air exposure, it has been reported.

The AFL last week marked its return to action by revising and extending its rights contract with free-to-air commercial broadcaster Seven, and amending its deal with Foxtel. Seven agreed a deal which revised the current contract for the remainder of the 2020 season, and the 2021 and 2022 campaigns, as well as adding a two-year extension taking in 2023 and 2024.

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