Channel 4 has become a brilliant part of Super League in 2022.
With Sky Sports enjoying a monopoly on the sport, the effect of a new broadcasting challenge has been a breath of fresh air, taking rugby league by storm.
The punditry team of Adam Hills, Helen Skelton, Danika Priim and a range of guest pundits from former St Helens star Leon Pryce to current Catalans Dragons captain Sam Tomkins have been superb to listen to.
Channel 4 have just got it right all across the board with the commentary team of Mark Wilson and Kyle Amor doing a stellar job up in the stands calling games.
The only criticism of the broadcasting channel has been the small amount of games that they have been assigned with Channel 4 taking just ten games in an agreement signed at the beginning of the year.
As such, there has been much clamouring over a potential increase in the number of games broadcast in 2023 with the rugby league fraternity hoping for more next year.
That being said, this year’s broadcasting schedule is still not over yet with two more play-off games set to be broadcast on Channel 4.
Saturday 10th September will host one Super League play-off with the time yet to be confirmed as 3rd takes on 6th or 4th goes up against 5th.
Then, the second week of the play-offs will be held on Saturday 17th September as 1st takes on the lowest-ranked side or 2nd does battle against the highest-ranked side.
Although Channel 4 will have two play-off games, Sky Sports will of course pick their fixture first, though the anticipation is high to see how Channel 4 does on the play-off stage at the business end of the season.
Throughout the year, the broadcasting program’s viewers have never wavered below an average of 189,000 which is an incredible feat for its first year in the business.
And, with the play-offs on the horizon, that figure will definitely rise.