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Super League: Next game to be shown on BBC revealed

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There was huge optimism heading into the 2024 Super League season regarding how easy it would be to watch every single game courtesy of the new Sky Sports deal, but there was also excitement about BBC receiving rights to broadcast games for the first time ever.

However, the BBC deal hasn’t quite lived up to expectations with many fans being disappointed with the coverage relative to that of Channel 4 in 2022 and 2023. Channel 4 were the first ever free-to-air broadcaster to secure the rights to Super League games and brought a fresh look to the sport.

Their coverage was widely regarded as the best in the sport despite their relative inexperience and that was proven when Sky Sports made the move to snap up commentator and co-commentator Mark Wilson and Kyle Amor, the duo having become two of the best in the business.

Dave Woods was also poached from the BBC but the major broadcaster’s coverage hasn’t been that well-received. Several games have been played on iPlayer or BBC Three only, including a Challenge Cup clash between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos, which has led to underwhelming viewing figures.

However, it’s their Super League coverage that has left fans disappointed with long gaps between their games and a lack of promotion and production quality for them too. It’s now been revealed when the next game is and fans will once again have to wait a long time.

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Leigh Leopards lift the Challenge Cup trophy after victory over Hull Kingston Rovers in the final


When is the next Super League game on BBC?

BBC iPlayer's coverage of the Challenge Cup has seen a huge boost in viewers. Jon Wilkin

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The last Super League game that the BBC aired was way back on June 1st when Leeds Rhinos hosted Castleford Tigers, a game that Rohan Smith’s side won easily with a  32-4 victory. That game was aired on BBC Two but the game prior, Leigh’s 40-12 demolition of Salford, was only available on BBC Three.

The erratic schedule and the fact the games have been so one-sided of late has dampened the excitement and anticipation for the next game but fans will still have to wait a further seven weeks with the next game coming on August 24th.

Hopefully, it will be more competitive with St Helens hosting Hull KR at The Totally Wicked Stadium with the two teams currently sat second and fourth, level on 22 points.

That game will be followed the week after when Leigh Leopards host Warrington Wolves, however, Leigh’s playoff chances could be done by then. Both games will be 5:30pm kick-offs on BBC Two with a further unconfirmed regular season game in September in the same time slot scheduled.

Like Channel 4 before them, BBC will host two Super League playoff games meaning that there are still five more games that will be aired for the broadcaster to turn the season into a positive, something that it’s failed to do this far.

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