Except we're getting twice the $$$ we were getting, but for 5yrs instead of 6
Considering the pittance paid for TV rights over the previous three deals this is only finally paying what the rights are worth
First 20 rounds set in stone
Again Nine have been allowed to dictate & 'pick the eyes out of games for far too long
Nation-wide FTA coverage
OK as long as you have access to digital channels outside of NSW / QLD
Two hours of football EVERY DAY on FTA
Going on current scheduling I'm guessing outside of NSW/QLD this will be an after midnght event
FTA coverage of the QLD Cup
Can't comment as never had access & since I live in a 'non cabled' area I won't get access to Foxtel's non NRL coverage
Most importantly C9 and Fox/News Ltd have given up their first and last rights for any future deals (2018 & 2027 respectively).
Saw a comment elsewhere that given tech advancement,by then the NRL may launch their own IPTV,which would make deal rights secondary ?
Roy Masters is saying that the tv deal would've been over 1.5B if we hadn't got rid of the first and last rights. I think it shows how important the ARL thought it was to get rid of them.
Everyone has access to the digital channels and they go nationwide, so whatever is on GEM in Brisbane is on GEM in Broome and Hobart at the same time. In fact as of 2014 no-one in Australia will be watching tv on analog tv... It's a non-issue.
It will be very interesting to see how the NRL handles the IPTV rights considering that Grant, the chairman, is the head of one of the biggest IT companies in Aus... We might even get some kind of NFL style GamePass. Who knows at this stage.
So for me as a none NSW / QLD RL fan Not a lot has changed from what is currently provided.
The questions I have are ...............................
Can Nine be trusted to continue providing what they are promising ? In the past none adherence has gone un punished ?
What do the ARLC intend to do with this alleged cash bonanza ?
Will they lift the profile of Rugby League on a nationwide basis ?
Will the underpin grass roots development on a nationwide basis ?
I think where Gallop may have failed to enforce agreements like the 'Before midnight into Melbourne' thing we'll see the ARL step up. People involved in the negotiations are saying it was the most torrid negotiation of their lives and nothing, not even the AFL rights, came close. This aggressiveness bodes well imo.