Proposed changes to the anti-siphoning list

Arvind Hickman
By Arvind Hickman | 6 May 2017
Communications minister Mitch Fifield has listened to the concerns of Foxtel over international sports rights. A major gripe has been FIFA World Cup matches not involving the Socceroos.

The government's revised anti-siphoning scheme, which ring-fences certain sports for only free-to-air broadcasters, will allow Foxtel to bid for most sports matches played overseas.

It also extends the period all events are automatically removed from the list from 12 weeks to 26 weeks, allowing subscription TV operators more time to negotiate rights for sports on the list in the event they are not picked up by Seven, Nine or Ten.

The major changes to the list are removing international sports matches played outside of Australia for all of the major competitions except the Ashes and football, cricket and rugby union world cup fixtures that involve Australia.

This means that major global sports events such as the FIFA World Cup, Rugby Union World Cup and cricket’s ODI and T20 World Cups are likely to have Fox Sports or an Optus Sports broadcasting most of the matches in these competitions with an FTA broadcast partner covering games involving Australian teams.

The new list (see below) still protects the most important domestic codes to broadcasters, namely AFL, NRL and domestic international cricket matches.

It does not include the Big Bash League, which potentially could pave the way for Fox Sports to pick up the rights if they are priced out of reach for FTA broadcasters, including the current rights holder Ten.

It also keeps the Australian Open tennis, the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, the Australian Formula One, Moto GP and the Ashes played home and away.

The Melbourne Cup will also remain on the list, although social media platforms broadcast the event last year, which highlights a loop hole in who the anti-siphoning scheme targets.

Wimbledon, the US Open and Davis Cup matches played abroad have all been removed from the list.

All golf tournaments have been removed from the list, including the Australian Masters and Australian Open.

Netball international test matches have been removed from the list and subscription TV operators have been promised $30 million to help fund more coverage of women’s sport.

Here's the full list:

SPORT

PROPOSED NEW LIST

CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS LIST

FOOTBALL

Australian Rules Football

Premiership (all matches, including finals and grand final)

NO CHANGE

Rugby League

 NRL Premiership (all matches, including finals and grand final)

NO CHANGE

State of Origin matches

NO CHANGE

 

International test matches involving Australia, played in Australia or New Zealand

 

REMOVAL OF

International test matches involving Australia played in the United Kingdom

 

Matches of the World Cup involving Australia, played in Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea

 

REMOVAL OF

Matches of the World Cup involving Australia, played in countries other than Australia, New Zealand or Papua New Guinea

Soccer

 

 

Matches of the FIFA World Cup involving Australia, and the final

 

REMOVAL OF

Matches of the FIFA World Cup not involving Australia, other than the final

 

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers involving Australia, played in Australia

 

REMOVAL OF

FIFA World Cup Qualifiers involving Australia, played outside of Australia

 

REMOVAL OF

English FA Cup final

Rugby Union

 

International test matches involving Australia, played in Australia or New Zealand

 

REMOVAL OF

  International test matches involving Australia, played in South Africa or Europe

 

Matches of the World Cup involving Australia, and the final

 

REMOVAL OF

Quarter-finals and semi-finals of the World Cup not involving Australia

 

 

 

 

CRICKET

Limited Overs

 

One Day International (ODI) matches involving Australia, played in Australia

NO CHANGE

Twenty20 (T20) matches involving Australia, played in Australia

NO CHANGE

 

Matches of the ODI World Cup involving Australia and the final, played in Australia or New Zealand

 

REMOVAL OF

Matches of the ODI World Cup involving Australia and the semi-finals and final when played in countries other than  Australia and New Zealand

Semi-finals of the ODI World Cup not involving Australia when played in Australia or New Zealand

 

Matches of the T20 World Cup involving Australia and the final, played in Australia or New Zealand

REMOVAL OF

Matches of the T20 World Cup involving Australia and the final when played in countries other than  Australia and New Zealand

Tests

 

International test matches involving Australia, played in Australia, and Ashes test matches played in the United Kingdom against the United Kingdom

 NO CHANGE

TENNIS

 

Matches of the Australian Open

NO CHANGE

 

 

Davis Cup matches involving Australia, played in Australia, and the final involving Australia

REMOVAL OF

  Davis Cup matches involving Australia, played outside Australia, other than the final

 

 

REMOVAL OF

 The men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of Wimbledon

 

 

REMOVAL OF

 The men’s and women’s singles quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of the United States Open

GOLF

 

 

REMOVAL OF

Australian Masters

 

 

REMOVAL OF

Australian Open

 

 

REMOVAL OF

United States Masters

OLYMPIC GAMES

 

Events held as part of the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies

NO CHANGE

 

Events held as part of the Commonwealth Games, including the opening and closing ceremonies

NO CHANGE

HORSE RACING

 

Melbourne Cup

NO CHANGE

NETBALL

 

 

The semi-final and final of the World Cup involving Australia 

NO CHANGE

 

 

 REMOVAL OF

 International test matches involving Australia, played in Australia or New Zealand

MOTORSPORTS

 

Australian F1 Grand Prix

NO CHANGE

 

Australian Moto Grand Prix

NO CHANGE

 

 

The Bathurst 1000 race held as part of the V8 Supercars Championship

 

REMOVAL OF

Races held as part of the V8 Supercars Championship, other than Bathurst

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