Just read a very interesting article in The Age. It was about Tennis Australia selling television rights to Seven West Media without going out to competitive tender.
“Tennis Australia is facing a new crisis amid claims a potential conflict of interest could have influenced the decision to sell the television rights for the Australian Open to Seven West Media in a private deal worth around $200 million.
The decision to sell the 2015-2019 broadcasting rights to Seven West Media before launching a competitive bidding process has never been explained by the sport’s governing body despite speculation it may have lost up to $50 million in potential revenue.”
There is a lot of anger out there, so it will be interesting to see how this all pans out.
To me, this is simply a stark reminder why the auDA Board in 2013 committed to put the Registry contract out for tender in 2017. To do otherwise is simply to enhance the theories and speculation of “friendly deals” with the incumbent AusRegistry.
I have no beef with AusRegistry – in my opinion they have done a great job.
But given that there has been no competitive tender for the Registry contract since 2005; and the fact that the market is going to potentially double in size with the introduction of direct registrations in 2017 / 2018; it is incumbent on auDA to go to tender. Good governance from the current auDA Board and CEO demands nothing less.
Competition and transparency are paramount.
If AusRegistry is good enough, then they will win. Simple as that.
In my opinion of course.
Ned O’Meara 31st December 2016