Sky TV says it has signed a new agreement with the NRL covering games until the end of 2027.
The deal covers the NRL, home state and all NZRL-hosted matches involving the Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns rugby league teams.
“We are committed to making certain important games available for free access,” Sky said in a statement. Which? “We are working on those details. The Anzac tests appear to be about correct,” CEO Sophie Moloney told the Herald.
The terms were not disclosed, but the Herald understands Sky had to push back an attempt to seize NRL rights by Spark Sport.
On June 17, Spark Sport said it had won a “competitive bidding” for rights to the 2021 Rugby Union World Cup, sparking speculation it would then target the NRL.
After securing the rights to cricket, Spark Sport said they were looking for a major winter sport as an anchor for their platform.
“We would very much like to bring a premier winter sport to the future,” Spark Sport boss Jeff Latch told the Herald in April.
According to Nielsen, some 1.1 million New Zealanders have logged in to at least one NRL game this year.
League was the last of the Big Four to win as Spark Sport battled with Sky.
Sky has secured rugby and netball, and now the league, while the pair have shared rights to cricket.
Moloney told the Herald that under Sky’s new league deal, “There are two agreements: one with the NZRL and one with the NRL. The two partnership agreements run until 2027, allowing all parties to develop exciting long-term programs to grow and develop the rugby league. “
“We are changing the nature of our relationship from a rights agreement to a true partnership. Our joint initiatives will begin before our current rights expire, hence the early renewal.
A priority is strengthening the female game and for tamariki and rangatahi throughout Aotearoa. “
Sky shares were recently trading at 16.9c. The share is up 8% over the year.
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This notice was published: 2021-06-22 20:00:00