It was announced today per the Mail Sport that BBC are set to broadcast free-to-air Super League games for the next three years, however Serious About Rugby League can reveal that another major broadcaster could be set for a return to the sport.
The BBC deal as per the Mail Sport would be a huge deal, the free-to-air channel set to host 12 games per season up until the 2026 season with games allotted a Saturday night slot.
That could tap into some primetime TV hours and garner a whole new audience for the sport, whilst also providing existing fans with more free-to-air coverage.
Of course every game is set to be broadcast for the next three seasons courtesy of the Sky Sports deal that has seen the broadcasting giants nail down their status as ‘home of Super League’ with the mega deal.
Back in October it was confirmed that Sky Sports would showcase every game across the Super League season in a blockbuster deal.
That had cast doubts over whether Channel 4 would return to air Super League, something that now seems to be out of the question given the reported BBC deal.
Whilst it’s a shame that Channel 4 won’t be showcasing the sport anymore there could be positive news about another former broadcaster set to step back into the sport.
That would be Premier Sports who operated in the 2023 season under the name Viaplay, showcasing the Championship.
Viaplay however began to shut down operations and now the channel has been reacquired by Premier Sports, who could be set for a return to the sport in 2204.
Serious About Rugby League understands that Premier Sports are in the running to broadcast Championship games once again, following Viaplay’s collapse.
It would be a huge deal to secure particularly given the strength of the Championship with Bradford Bulls on the rise again, Featherstone Rovers rebuilding after a huge turnover of players and of course Daryl Powell’s new Wakefield Trinity side.
With the Championship season starting later this year, on account of the extended 1895 Cup which is to be played across January and February, there’s still plenty of time for a deal to air Championship rugby league to be secured.
The league will kick off in mid March with Wakefield Trinity hosting Bradford Bulls on March 15th, a game that would be an amazing way to launch renewed Championship television coverage.
More information on a possible Championship TV deal is expected later this month, in line with the RFL providing an update on Super League broadcast rights as well.