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Implications of BT Sport's Champions League soccer deal on the value of RL to Sky

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BBC NewsBT Sport announces an exclusive three-year deal to broadcast live Champions League and Europa League football matches in the UK.

 

Does this increase the importance of Super League to Sky, I wonder?

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It may mean that we'll be asked to play some midweek games in 2015.

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Does this increase the importance of Super League to Sky, I wonder?

 

The Premier League is the big one.  That's the carrot Sky have always used to encourage subscriptions - as long as that's in place then their interest in other sports/competitions will always be of the 'add on' variety.

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More of a hit to itv I would say - one super league game a week on terrestrial tv should be the aim of the rfl or the wc interest will dissapate

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Absolutely think this is good news for RL. Sky will be feeling a bit vulnerable. However, have we the leaders with the commercial nous to exploit this situation? Time for Sally!!

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More of a hit to itv I would say - one super league game a week on terrestrial tv should be the aim of the rfl or the wc interest will dissapate

 

For reference: the current SL deal (Sky live and highlights, BBC highlights) runs to the end of the 2016 season.

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Would ITV show RL nationally though? They still have the wherewithall to regionalise broadcasts to Granada & Yorkshire TV areas only, like they did previously back in the 1970's, and the BBC still do with a firsst showing of the SuperLeague Show.

The schedules would read:

 

1900 Emmerdale

1930 Coronation St

2000 SuperLeague (Only available in't North)

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Absolutely think this is good news for RL. Sky will be feeling a bit vulnerable. However, have we the leaders with the commercial nous to exploit this situation? Time for Sally!!

Why? So we can sell the rights to Premier?

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Would ITV show RL nationally though? They still have the wherewithall to regionalise broadcasts to Granada & Yorkshire TV areas only, like they did previously back in the 1970's, and the BBC still do with a firsst showing of the SuperLeague Show.

The schedules would read:

 

1900 Emmerdale

1930 Coronation St

2000 SuperLeague (Only available in't North)

 

ITV would never show rugby in primetime, especially up against Champions League on BT. It needs 6 or 7 million audience minimum in that slot so it would try to hoover up the non-football audience, with drama or more soaps. Sky however would probably consider it to fill the Champions league slots, although it will only really help them in March and April.

 

However, I agree with the earlier poster that we need one game a week on terrestrial to keep the World Cup interest. Challenge cup isn't enough. So bundle that up into the same deal as Superleague and  show one game a week on Saturday afternoons on BBC/ITV plus Eng vs Aug 4 nations. Everything else on Sky. National TV audience is the only way to grow the game.  

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The Super League season is near enough finished by the time the Champions League group stages are on. Surely they're gonna have to show more than 2 games a week though if we are to have 2 SL's?

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The Super League season is near enough finished by the time the Champions League group stages are on. Surely they're gonna have to show more than 2 games a week though if we are to have 2 SL's?

 

 

Ah ha! A switch back to winter RL it is then.

 

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Absolutely think this is good news for RL. Sky will be feeling a bit vulnerable. However, have we the leaders with the commercial nous to exploit this situation? Time for Sally!!

 

Isn't that the reason why Brian Barwick was brought in... he has headed BBC Sport and ITV sport as well as doing numerous editor and producer roles... As Chief Executive at FA he negotiated TV rights with BBC and ITV plus he has experience of other sports.

 

One thing they have is somebody that has been on both sides of the table negotiating many TV deals.

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Some so called expert on the BBC News was saying, sky will have to invest extra money into the sports it has, and extra money into drama, to keep hold of its viewers.

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It looks like Sky will need RL as much as ever soon, it the game gets the structure right and ensures London's survival and a second French team we should be in a good position to get the deal we deserve.

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I hope the RFL approach BT sport to show Superleague games. The latest figures from BARB for Aviva premiership games is the biggest I've seen ever. That CL deal is huge for them but premiership football is the icing on the cake for any broadcasters.

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Some so called expert on the BBC News was saying, sky will have to invest extra money into the sports it has, and extra money into drama, to keep hold of its viewers.

 

or News Corp as in Murdoch off loads it to Vodaphone whom have $130billion  to burn following their selling off Verizon half and are looking to  have TV, and broadband to enable it to compete with triple play, as per their German Cable deal (Kabel) and consideration for Liberty. The other rumour is they may consider an offer for BskyB....  but either way the "sports portfolio" remains an issue...

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Sky was the hunter and now is the hunted. It will try & protect what it has. It had a good product in super league. We want to extend that partnership but we may now be in a position to ask for certain changes. All is fair in love & war & tv dealings...

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It looks like Sky will need RL as much as ever soon, it the game gets the structure right and ensures London's survival and a second French team we should be in a good position to get the deal we deserve.

 

Don't see what benefit a second french team would bring Sky, they don't broadcast to or have subscribers in France.

 

Any additional French team needs to come with their own, separate TV deal.

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There was a piece on Money Box last night that suggested Sky will be investing more in original drama, who knows what there plans are for sport, there's a lot to be said for bidding up the competition and leaving them with an overpriced product whilst you focus elsewhere, worked well with Sky and Football League in the past given they let it sink an competitor and then bought back in for less than they'd been originally paying!.

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I hope the RFL approach BT sport to show Superleague games. The latest figures from BARB for Aviva premiership games is the biggest I've seen ever. That CL deal is huge for them but premiership football is the icing on the cake for any broadcasters.

 

this weeks figure of 95k for a Saturday game might well be the lowest for a Saturday game and is probably the first time the Saturday game has not followed on from a premier league game. coincidence?

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Looking at what the so called experts are saying looks like all Sky will do is redirect the cash they would have spent on champ League into 1000 Downtown Abbey clones.

 

Looking at the BT sport stories in the paper and raiding summer. No mentions of RL. So why would sky offer more for RL if they are up against someone not at all interested in getting it?

We will remain a schedule filler sport for them.

 

What effect the BT sport deals will have is simply pushing up prices for sports package subscriptions.

Sky and BT will fight an upwards rights battle for those sports both want which will push up subscriptions (or even leave less money in the pot for the other sports like RL, considered that?) and if your a general sports fan you will simply have to pay multiple times to get top sports.

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Don't see what benefit a second french team would bring Sky, they don't broadcast to or have subscribers in France.

 

Any additional French team needs to come with their own, separate TV deal.

 

 

Are you sure about that? I know that sky operate in germany (unless it is a different company)...

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