Meetings between the NRL Commission and affiliates have today seen the game’s broadcasting rights and longevity confirmed.
The Nine Network, Fox Sports and Telstra have agreed upon a $1.8 billion deal with the National Rugby League to secure the games’s Television broadcasting future for at least the next seven years.
The agreement includes Fox Sports’ annual $35 million deal to show the Saturday night games. For the next five years the Sports Network will host the three games that run from day into night for the ‘Super Saturday’ show.
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Fox will also broadcast Friday evenings and have revealed plans to launch a new channel, exclusively for Rugby League by 2017.
Nine have retained their rights to broadcast the game, including the NRL’s State of Origin. In 2015, Game two of the State of Origin saw over 4.5 million viewers tune in for the second clash between New South Wales and Queensland.
The NRL season final also had 4.4 million people tuning in. This was much higher than the AFL Grand Final’s ratings, making it a viable investment for the networks.