Seven ‘close’ to deal with Optus for Women’s World Cup free-to-air rights

Action from the match between Australia and New Zealand in Townsville. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Australian free-to-air broadcaster Seven is close to finalising a sublicensing agreement with telecoms operator Optus for the rights to selected matches from the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup, according to reports.

Nine Entertainment-owned newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reports Seven has emerged as the preferred bidder for the free-to-air package, which includes the final and all matches featuring Australia, after tabling the highest offer. The other bidders reportedly include Paramount, which owns free-to-air network Ten, and Nine.

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