NEWCASTLE Jets remain in the dark over a $900,000 grant they are due to receive despite confirmation that Foxtel are yet to pay the final installment of the A-League TV deal for this season.
Football Federation Australia (FFA) did not receive the near $12 million quarterly sum from Foxtel, the parent company of Fox Sports, on Thursday which is part of a $56m a year broadcast rights agreement.
The quarterly grant is carved up and distributed to A-League clubs to cover wages and other costs.
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Jets chief executive Lawrie McKinna confirmed on Friday that they had not received the grant and he was awaiting clarity on if it will be forthcoming.
"It was due Thursday but we are still none the wiser," McKinna said.
FFA management and Foxtel are expected to meet again next week.
It has been widely speculated that the financially-embattled Foxtel are looking to dissolve their association with soccer, despite there being another three years to run on the current contract.
FFA and A-League clubs are of the belief that the pay TV provider is legally required to honour the final installment of this financial year.
The Jets stood down their administration, coaching and playing staff on April 1 and have registered for the government's Jobkeeper payment.
Businesses must have had a drop in turnover of at least 30 per cent due to COVID-19 to qualify for the allowance, which is $750 per week before tax for each employee.
The cash will flow from May 1, but be backdated to March 30.
Businesses are required to pay the employees up front and are then reimbursed by the government.
McKinna is awaiting documentation from the government and has told staff that they will be paid at the end of the month which will be covered by sponsorship payments.
"We are waiting for the pack to arrive from the government," McKinna said. "We need to show that our turnover is down 30 per cent, which we can do. We have to go through the legalities."
There are 27 games plus finals remaining this A-League season and McKinna remained hopeful they will be completed.
FFA will give an update on the season's postponement on April 22.
The government restrictions on large gatherings are in place until June 29 at this stage and the hopes are that teams will be able to resume training on July 1.
However, if the contract with Foxtel is dissolved or heads to the courts, the most likely scenario is that the competition would start afresh next season.
That would require a new broadcast partner, which could include a combination of free-to-air and digital platforms.
"They have been saying that for the past few weeks, but legally until Fox are gone they can't speak to anybody else," McKinna said. "There is no firm contingency plans yet, because you need finality around this contract."
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