The 2022 Super League season has been a year of breaking new ground, especially in terms of tv coverage.
For the first time in Super League history, games have been shown live on free to watch television with Channel 4 being a superb addition to our great game.
Not only did they get the chance to show some outstanding Super League fixtures, notably the season opener between Leeds and Warrington as well as Jai Field’s heroics against Wigan shortly after Easter against Salford, Channel 4 has also been involved in the play-offs.
They battled against Sky Sports for viewers on those two occasions showing Salford’s 28-0 win over Huddersfield as well as St Helens semi-final win over the Red Devils.
Next week they’ll also be showing the Super League Grand Final for fans who don’t have sky.
Spearheaded by PDRL star and comedian Adam Hills as well as the beloved Helen Skelton alongside terrific commentator Mark Wilson, St Helens star Kyle Amor also on comms and brilliant pundits like Sam Tomkins and Leon Pryce, it’s no surprise that the Channel 4 coverage has been well loved by Super League fans all season.
And now it’s up for two awards.
In the Broadcast Sports awards 2022, Channel 4’s coverage of Super League is up for Sports Production of the Year whilst one of their star pundits is up for an individual award.
Former Leeds Rhinos women star Danika Priim is up for pundit of the year after a terrific season in front of the camera on Channel 4.
Always offering great insight on Channel 4, Priim has also been a great proponent for women’s rugby which has grown from strength to strength again in 2022 and I’m sure Channel 4 would love to get their hands on this too.
Nonetheless, Channel 4 has clearly been great for the game and will likely continue to do so in 2023 as these nominations suggest.
We will see if they pick up either or both awards on November 1st in London.