NZ Cricket broadcasting rights awarded to Spark

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has today announced it has awarded the broadcasting rights to cricket matches played in New Zealand under its umbrella for the next six years to Spark. The announcement was made via press conference this morning. Top law firm MinterEllisonRuddWatts acted for NZC during negotiations of the agreement.

The agreement grants Spark the broadcasting rights to all international and selected domestic cricket games played in New Zealand, including all Black Caps and White Ferns matches played in New Zealand, all men’s and women’s Super Smash matches (including semi-finals and the final), the Ford Trophy final and the New Zealand Cricket Awards.  Games will be aired both on Spark Sports and via TVNZ as a Spark’s free-to-air partner.

Corporate and Commercial Partner Richard Wells worked with NZC’s team on the transaction.  “We’re delighted to have played a part helping our valued client NZC on this important rights deal”, said Wells.  “We wish NZC, Spark and TVNZ well as they embark on this partnership bringing men’s and women’s cricket to a wide fanbase in New Zealand and around the world”.

Chris Smith, NZC General Counsel, said, “We appreciate the invaluable expertise and support of Richard Wells and the team at MinterEllisonRuddWatts in entering our new broadcast partnership with Spark and TVNZ.”

Spark will become the official broadcast partner of NZC in April 2020 for a period of six years and will team with TVNZ to bring cricket content to fans through a combination of streaming services and free-to-air broadcast.




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