CHANNEL 9 AND FOX SIGN NEW FIVE YEAR DEAL WITH NRL
Channel 9 have just revealed the details about their new deal with the ARL commission which will give them free to air TV rights to the NRL for the next five years with Fox Sports getting the Pay TV rights.
Nine Network Managing Director, Jeffrey Browne today announced a new deal with the ARL Commission to hold the free to air television broadcast rights for the NRL
for the next five years with partner Fox Sports taking the rights for subscription television.
“We are delighted to be teaming up with Fox Sports again to bring the Australian audience the best coverage of NRL games for the next five years – Rugby League
is a backbone of our business and we are delighted with this result after extensive negotiations,” said Jeffrey Browne, the managing director of the Nine Network.
The Nine Network will broadcast:
Three weekly matches (two on Friday and one on Sunday);
Three Thursday evening matches over the course of the year;
A stand-alone Test and City v Country weekend;
Wednesday night State of Origin matches;
A night-time Grand Final (7.15pm kick-off);
The Roosters Dragons Anzac Day matches;
Two hours of Rugby League content each evening on digital Channel 94 plus two hours of content on Saturday and Sunday morning;
Nine will ensure that all of its matches are telecast on either the ‘primary’ or ‘multi-channel’ station in each state
The Queensland in Trust Super Cup.
The Nine Network saw the State of Origin ratings higher than ever before in 2012 –
a total regional and metropolitan audience for game three of 4.041million – so with new innovations and developments in broadcasting and social networks the future of the game for the players and the fans is so exciting.
Nine Entertainment Co Ltd CEO David Gyngell said the renewal of its rugby league rights was both welcome and exciting for the network.
“Rugby league is very much part of our heritage. It’s one of the many things we do best, and it is pivotal to our position as the biggest television brand in the nation.”
Source: Channel 9 Media Release