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All Super League games to be shown live under new Sky Sports deal

All Super League games to be shown live under new Sky Sports deal
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Every game in the Super League will be broadcast live on Sky Sports under a proposed new deal.

The Super League is close to agreeing a new deal with Sky Sports that will see every fixture broadcast live on TV.

Sky has been the broadcast partner of the league since its inception in 1996 and currently shows 66 of the 162 matches a season, with Channel 4 providing free-to-air coverage of 10 matches.

The current deal comes to an end this season but the league has now agreed a three-year extension with Sky and will spend the next 30 days getting it formally over the line.

A Super League statement said: "Following a meeting of RL Commercial, IMG and Super League (Europe) Shareholders, RL Commercial will now enter a 30-day exclusive negotiating period with Sky Sports to formalise and contract the broadcast rights agreement.

"This follows a period of activity in the market that saw multiple bids tabled for the rights, with all stakeholders convinced Sky Sports are offering the best deal for the Super League competition.

"It would see the partnership with Sky Sports extend for a further three years, until the end of the 2026 season - which would include the 30th anniversary of the launch of Super League's partnership with Sky Sports for the inaugural season in 1996.

"Under the proposed deal, the partnership would include the live broadcast of every Super League fixture, to the UK and worldwide - a transformative development for the competition. This would also allow for video match officials to be appointed for every match. There would also be the continuation of a free-to-air window.

"Further details will be shared on the conclusion of the negotiating period."

The news comes months after Sky agreed a huge new deal with the EFL which will see more than 1,000 games a season broadcast live from 2024-25, in addition to every match in the EFL Cup.

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