Channel 4 and Sky Sports to go head to head with rugby league coverage

The likes of Wigan Warriors, Hull KR, Leigh Leopards and others are set to battle it out for Super League glory over the next three weeks as the Super League season comes to a close.

It will be another chance for viewers to stick their teeth into huge games on Sky Sports but also Channel 4.

Channel 4 are set to show the meeting between third and sixth on Saturday 30th September and the second semi final on Saturday 7th September.

However, they will have to battle with Sky for viewers as they will also be showing the same games at the same time.

This may be the last time we see both Sky and Channel 4. Sky basically have a new TV deal complete but there is doubt over Channel 4’s future with the sport.

This was confirmed with the statement released by RL Commercial:

“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.”

These key points were also noted:

3 years
Every game produced
Video referee at every game
Free to air allowance maintained
Revised scheduling
Retained rights for further commercialisation

Leigh Leopards owner Derek Beaumont had his say: “I’d like to thank (Rugby League Commercial Managing Director) Rhodri Jones and everyone involved in the hard work that has taken place over a long period in a difficult landscape for the broadcasting of sport.

“There are real and positive achievements in these negotiations which will prove to be extremely valuable, in particular the availability of every game to be broadcast live and accessed all over the world. This is something that the clubs can work with Rugby League Commercial to maximise the significant exposure for our game and commercial partners.

“For the first time all the games will be officiated evenly by the provision of video referees as a result of the live coverage of every game.

“We look forward to communicating in the coming weeks with our members and fans regarding memberships for the 2024 Betfred Super League season.”