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Seven West Media seeks arbitration

 SYDNEY, Oct 7: Cricket Australia’s broadcast partner Seven West Media has sought official arbitration in its bid to secure a cut in its annual fees, reportedly dissatisfied with the planned schedule for the eagerly-awaited year-end Test tour by India.

 ‘Seven’ has lodged paperwork with the Australian Chamber for International and Commercial Arbitration (ACICA), a report in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper said.

The report also said that CA “could call the network’s bluff and head directly to court”.

The network has sought an independent expert to determine the rights value of this summer’s schedule, including a four-match Test series against India and the Big Bash League.

The report said the network’s claims included CA’s decision to “change of dates for the matches, with only one Test before Christmas and the final Test finishing in mid January when many people are back at work.”

The schedule of the series, set to begin in December, is not yet officially out at this point.

“As it stands, that figure is 75 million dollars in cash plus 7 million dollars in free advertising but Seven argues the campaign ahead, impacted by COVID-19 restrictions and the alleged scheduling demands by the Board of Control for Cricket in India, will lack the quality it had signed on for,” the report said.

An ESPNCricinfo report earlier stated that the ‘Boxing Day’ Test will start from the traditional date of December 26 in Melbourne, following the pink-ball game at the Adelaide Oval from December 17. – PTI

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