The Super League Grand Final is rugby league’s biggest showpiece event of the year.
With Old Trafford booming with anticipation at seeing the best two teams in Super League do battle, the Grand Final is what separates rugby league from other sports such as football.
Throughout Super League’s 26-year history, Sky Sports has enjoyed a monopoly over the Grand Final and the rest of the play-offs, however, that is about to change.
With Channel 4 signing an agreement at the beginning of the season to broadcast ten games on terrestrial television, viewers have been treated to some wonderful action without having to pay for Sky Sports.
As such, viewing figures have been sensational for Channel 4 from three quarters of a million in the first broadcast between Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves and the last in Salford Red Devils against Huddersfield Giants which equated almost 200,000.
People have really bought into the terrestrial provider, so much so that there is major hope across the rugby league fraternity that Channel 4 will have access to many more games in 2023.
Of course, there does need improvement, mainly the fact that a lot of people have approached Serious About Rugby League and revealed that they do not know when a game is on the broadcaster.
Naturally, if a person doesn’t watch Channel 4 too often during the day, they are not going to see advertisements so it is up to websites like us to get that word across and get as many people watching as is humanly possible!
And, after contacting a Channel 4 spokesman, Serious About Rugby League can reveal that the Grand Final will be available on Channel 4, though this will be on October 1 at 11.30am – a week after the final which is being held on Saturday 24 September.
Though it isn’t the original date and time, it does give those viewers who do not have Sky the opportunity to watch the game.