Foxtel and Channel 9 have revealed the result of broadcast the negotiations with the NRL, confirming a billion dollar deal for the NRL broadcast rights that will take the sport up until the 2027 season.
Foxtel announced a five-year extension until the end of the 2027 season while Channel 9 revealed the revised deal that would run until the end of the 2022 season.
The Daily Telegraph reported it would be a “billion-dollar boost to the code.
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The game has been on a two-month hiatus due to the coronavirus and has had plenty to deal with, including negotiations with the broadcasters and players after the unprecedented shut down after round two.
ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys said the deal will “ensure its future.
“I want to thank Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany and Nine CEO Hugh Marks for reaching an outcome that puts the fans and the game’s future first,” V’landys said.
“I am delighted to have worked with our longstanding partners Foxtel and Nine to reshape and resume the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership. It is significant that on one of the most important days in our game’s history, we have finalised the deals to ensure its future.
“Our negotiations were tough but always in a spirit of goodwill and shared ambitions for the betterment of rugby league. We could not have reached our May 28 restart ambitions without the teamwork and collaboration of our partners.
“These deals provide certainty to ensure our 16 clubs remain strong and that we can continue to invest in grassroots rugby league across our communities.”
In a release on the Australian Stock Exchange, Nine expects to save $27.5 million a year in 2021 and 2022 while also receiving a big saving in 2020.
“This is an excellent long-term outcome for both Nine and the game of Rugby League,” Nine’s CEO Hugh Marks said. “Completion of Season 2020 will enable the continuity of the Code from a game, supporters’ and sponsors’ perspective.
“We are also delighted to have reached a revised agreement with the NRL for seasons 2021 and 2022, and at a level of rights costs that enables us to sustainably invest in Rugby League for the future. Nine is pleased to be continuing its partnership with Rugby League.”
It comes after Marks went public with his criticism of the league in a series of attacks on the league as a cancelled season would have saved the free-to-air channel approximately $130 million.
Foxtel Group CEO Patrick Delany said it was huge for the everyone involved.
“Foxtel is incredibly pleased to support the NRL through this difficult period and to have footy back on Foxtel this weekend, every round, every game, live and ad free during play,” he said.
“This is a great outcome for footy, for fans and for players. It’s also a hugely important signal to everyone in Australia, and around the world, that we will get through these times, and we can keep players and coaching staff safe while we all enjoy the game.
“The agreement between Foxtel and the NRL extends our existing broadcast rights for a further five years and cements our position as the Home of NRL until 2027. It provides the NRL with the certainty to continue to develop the status of the game and gives fans the go to destination for the best of NRL, all in one place.
“Being back on the field and back on air tonight doesn’t happen without leadership. I want to acknowledge Peter V’landys AM and everyone at the NRL and the clubs for their passion to get the game back. It’s been outstanding.”
Foxtel will continue to show all eight games per round with five exclusive games, while Nine will broadcast Thursday and Friday nights as well as Sunday afternoon and the Grand Final and the three State of Origin matches.