The Middle Eights would have been a contractual problem if Sky had SL and Premier had the Championship.
Not if Premier only had the regular season or had it for free on the promise of regular weekly exposure.
Super League is important to SKY who's portfolio of sports has been hugely eroded by BT Sport and FtA broadcasters. Thei current portfolio is something like Football, Golf, Tennis, Darts, F1 Rugby League, Italian Football, Spanish Football, German Football, South American Football, Lower League Football, Football Greats, Football Gold, Masters Football, Soccer AM,
How much backbone would you show given that the choice is really the #1 Sports provider versus a very minor option.
Now if you could get BT Sport interested, I think there's a different conversation.
Do you honestly think SKY would drop Super League if The RFL said no to having the Championship.
SKY had no designs on showing the Championship and merely wanted to deprive Premier Sports of it. It was never going to be a game breaker, all the RFL had to do was play hardball.
The result would have been either SKY paying for and showing Championship Rugby League. (Win Win)
Premier Sports showing Live Championship Rugby League and the Championship clubs raising more sponsorship for themselves because they have TV exposure to offer their clients.