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Sports fans in regional areas to be hit hardest by $1.18b cricket deal

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On Friday Cricket Australia sealed a $1.18 billion deal over six years with Seven West Media and Foxtel.

Foxtel is 65% owned by News Corp and 35% by Telstra, only months after Foxtel and Fox Sports merged.

Seven West’s share price dropped 10% after concerns company paid too much for what it’s recieved.

One in every five households have Foxtel and will be able to screen every game, however, the other 80% will won’t have access to every broadcast.

Ross Greenwood speaks with Senator John ‘Wacka’ Williams who says “poorer people who live in regional Australia” will be hit hardest by the new deal as they lack accessibility to pay TV.

“Here’s a case where people won’t be able to see the one-day international and the T20 Internationals.”

Listen to the full interview below

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