A NEW five-year broadcasting deal worth $1.7 billion could see every NRL game shown live on television for the time in history.
The Courier-Mail this morning revealed the major free-to-air networks were locked in negotiations for the richest television contract in Australian sporting history’, expected to go from 2018 to the end of the 2022 season.
According to this morning’s report, Fox Sports is bidding to broadcast every match live, as it does with the AFL, while the double-game scheduling on Friday nights looks set to be scrapped, with one match moved to Thursday.
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This has cast doubt over the future of Monday night football, which has reportedly only managed to draw in an average crowd figure of 11,250 this year, with the NRL wanting to play its rounds over four days – not five – with fears of fatiguing its audiences.
The sunshine state’s leading newspaper also revealed struggling clubs and star players would be the biggest winners under the new deal, which would see annual grants increased from $7.8m to $12m for each club, and $11m for the salary cap, up from $7.5m.
For more on this report, visit The Courier-Mail.