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The broadcast rights for Rugby League coverage went out to tender last week. League Express can reveal two different broadcast packages were sent out for...

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It's a damned if you do and damned if you don't moment. SL enters negotiations with 11 clubs and the world in a mess - not great timing. What vision is it selling, what's the risk not to buy in to the broadcaster? The sales job should be done before the tender goes out

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So basically Sky tell the RFL how much they're getting for Super League, and the BBC do the same for the Challenge Cup.   Plus ca change and all that.

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Interesting that the lower tiers are being packaged with the Challenge Cup this time round.


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5 minutes ago, Rioman said:

So basically Sky tell the RFL how much they're getting for Super League, and the BBC do the same for the Challenge Cup.   Plus ca change and all that.

Many thanks. Useful to have someone on here in the know, with the inside track on these things. 

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6 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

Interesting that the lower tiers are being packaged with the Challenge Cup this time round.

Aye, although I suppose its a division between the Super League and RFL owned stuff.

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3 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

Aye, although I suppose its a division between the Super League and RFL owned stuff.

I thought of that just as I walked away to boil the kettle. It'd be a good sell to the BBC. Championship RL would make an excellent product for the red button and/or BBC Sport website.


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Seems unlikely to me that the RFL would retain its existing £10m/yr TV funding from a package of Challenge Cup, internationals, Championship and League 1.

Hard choices ahead, I fear. 

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17 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

I thought of that just as I walked away to boil the kettle. It'd be a good sell to the BBC. Championship RL would make an excellent product for the red button and/or BBC Sport website.

Recalling the fact that the BBC can't afford to pay nearly what Sky can, that automatically implies that the Championship and League 1 clubs are in for a big cut in the money they'll receive from TV rights.

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18 minutes ago, gingerjon said:

I thought of that just as I walked away to boil the kettle. It'd be a good sell to the BBC. Championship RL would make an excellent product for the red button and/or BBC Sport website.

I think thats certainly a slot that could be filled. Has to be a better platform than OurLeague.

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18 minutes ago, Man of Kent said:

Seems unlikely to me that the RFL would retain its existing £10m/yr TV funding from a package of Challenge Cup, internationals, Championship and League 1.

Hard choices ahead, I fear. 

I doubt we'll get significantly more as a whole. As opposed to hard choices, I'd reframe the question as one of (re)prioritising. 

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9 minutes ago, Big Picture said:

Recalling the fact that the BBC can't afford to pay nearly what Sky can, that automatically implies that the Championship and League 1 clubs are in for a big cut in the money they'll receive from TV rights.

Assuming that there is no payment to central funding from the Super League rights.


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11 minutes ago, Big Picture said:

Recalling the fact that the BBC can't afford to pay nearly what Sky can, that automatically implies that the Championship and League 1 clubs are in for a big cut in the money they'll receive from TV rights.

Yep. Opens up the prospect of a consolidated league system, with perhaps mergers/franchises/and 'deprofessionalisation' of clubs. 

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It feels like the article is a little simplistic in the way it positions the splits. For example, the current distribution may be £10m for the Cup, Internationals and Championships, but isn't much of the Championships funding in effect a split of the SL funding, so would this be more SLE funding of £35m and RFL funding of £5m for example?

Wasnt this what the whole debate was about, the fact that by the time SL clubs got hold of the funding, a decent % had been routed away from them?

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4 minutes ago, Chronicler of Chiswick said:

Just heard that Channel 19, Ulan Bataar intends to bid 12 yaks for the CC and Championship rights. Ralph Rimmer's taking tomorrow off to clear a space in his garage.

Well we see just how much work has gone on behind the scenes.

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Good luck to those negotiating this time around. I hope it secures enough to keep the sport solvent and progressive. I don't envy them.

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3 hours ago, Rioman said:

So basically Sky tell the RFL how much they're getting for Super League, and the BBC do the same for the Challenge Cup.   Plus ca change and all that.

IS THE CORRECT ANSWER:)

 

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1 hour ago, Chronicler of Chiswick said:

Just heard that Channel 19, Ulan Bataar intends to bid 12 yaks for the CC and Championship rights. Ralph Rimmer's taking tomorrow off to clear a space in his garage.

to be fair hes done well then... its a Yak each... i would have expected the usual incompetence and a number that meant there would be some debate about which clubs got 2 yaks and which yak we had to saw in half... things are looking up

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2 minutes ago, lanzer98 said:

Wonder if the tender include streaming and international broadcast rights?

Critical flaw exposed there that if you're a french or Canadian broadcaster, how could you sign up to one of these for more than 1 season?

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1 hour ago, Scubby said:

Good luck to those negotiating this time around. I hope it secures enough to keep the sport solvent and progressive. I don't envy them.

Is that all all encompassing the whole of the sport Scubby?

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15 minutes ago, Tommygilf said:

Critical flaw exposed there that if you're a french or Canadian broadcaster, how could you sign up to one of these for more than 1 season?

Question is more like how does SL make sure to get the best tender addressing also amazon, dazn, eurosport et al. Beside income a coverage of more than 3 games could be an objective.

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