Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL) has agreed new domestic broadcast rights deals with Foxtel and Channel Nine on revised terms. The deals, which were confirmed shortly before the competition’s return to action on 28th May, will see pay-TV network Foxtel continue to air NRL matches until the end of the 2027 season, while Nine has committed to showing free-to-air coverage until the end of the current rights cycle in 2022. For the remainder of the 2020 season, Foxtel plans to air all eight matches from every round while Nine will broadcast three matches each week, as well as showing exclusive coverage of both October’s Grand Final and the three-game State of Origin series in November. According to reports in Australia earlier this month, the new deals are worth close to AUD$2 billion, although financial terms have not been formally released. The original agreements, which covered the period 2018 to 2022, were reported to be worth AUD$323 million (US$213. 5 million) per season.
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