Yes, we were - see the interview with Sky's Vic Wakleing (sp?) in the history of SL published a while back (sorry, can't remember the title - perhaps someone out there can help, my copy's still buried in the rubble of my house move). In fact, we were the only definite condition, as Sky couldn't sell in France and they weren't that fussed about summer rugby, although we'd have had to have taken less cash for winter.
The book is Super League the First 10 years by Phil Caplan and Jonathan R Doidge (interview is on pages 122 - 123).
SL didn't even ask for summer rugby as some seem to think. That was a proposal in the document "Framing the Future" and the RFL asked Sky if they would still support the game if they switched to summer. Sky agreed and the rest is history.
Wakeling states that Paris wasn't on Sky/BSB radar and again that was Lindsey and the RFL wanting a European element for Super League.
As a supporter of the longest and most successful expansion club from outside the Lancashire/ Yorkshire heartlands I refer some of you to my signature at the end of my post for an independent view of how our club was treated at the time. Sorry for the fans of any team getting relegated but life goes on.
I remember when .............................
"It is impossible not to feel a twinge of sympathy for Workington Town, the fall guys this season for the Super League's determination to retain it's European dimension, in the shape of Paris. While the French have had every assistance to survive, the importance of having a flagship in a heartland area like West Cumbria has been conveniently forgotten." - Dave Hadfield - Independent 25th August 1996.