Elite league speedway as broadcast by Sky was done without a fee. The deal was reported as being worth £XXX to the sport but this was all eaten up by the production costs and in-kind promotions.
League Express today features an interesting article regarding PS and their perception of the way forward together with their obvious displeasure at being dropped in the way that they were. They say that they would have been interested in broadcasting the Championship next year followed by the 3rd group of 8 in 2015 but their suggestion along these lines was bluntly rebuffed. In that case then their continued broadcasting on the Championship next year (at a loss to them) was completely worthless to them as they wouldn't be able to develop any momentum that they could exploit.
They've been shafted, pure and simple. It's also interesting to read ian Lenegan's views that the Sky deal is actually a bad one, although he is known to have a slightly different agenda to some.
Thanks for that BSJ but the point i was making was that it is not good business to give your product for no financial remuniration. EG the stobart deal. As i understood it the clubs were told they had to accept it by the RL board. For eg. if we at Batley were to play Halifax at home on a Thursday night our gate could be down by as many as 1000 with being on live tv. Away fans do not travel in numbers and with food and ticket sales etc it costs the club a hefty chunk of income. At a guess maybe £5000+ a lot of money to a championship club.