Posted November 26, 2015 14:36:25

Cowboys celebrate winning NRL premiership Photo: Bumper deal … the Nine Network has reportedly provided up its rights to a Saturday fixture to Fox Sports for $ 35 million. (AAP: Dean Lewins)
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The NRL has reportedly signed off on a record $ 1.eight billion Television deal for seasons 2018 to 2022.

As portion of the deal, the Nine Network has offered up its rights to a Saturday fixture to Fox Sports for $ 35 million, News Corp Australia reports.

As part of the deal, anticipated to be announced on Thursday afternoon, simulcast rights will be shared in between Nine, Fox and Telstra, who have secured the digital rights.

As component of the new deal, Monday evening football has been scrapped with Fox handed a Friday night match instead.

The deal will also usher in a devoted rugby league channel to Fox Sports in 2017 and it allows the pay-Tv outfit to sustain their important monopoly on coverage of Saturday night rugby league.

In August, Nine signed a $ 925 million deal for the free of charge-to-air rights that included a Saturday fixture.

Even so, as element of that agreement Nine had been offered the choice to on-sell the match to Fox Sports.

In a media release on Thursday morning, Nine mentioned a deal had not been done but but confirmed it was in talks to offload its Saturday evening game.

“NEC (Nine Entertainment Co.) confirms that it is in discussions with the ARLC and Fox Sports about a possible variation to NEC’s rights to broadcast NRL matches,” the release read.

“No agreement has been reached on any transaction.

“Should an agreement be reached NEC will make an appropriate announcement to the market in accordance with disclosure obligations.”

AAP

Subjects: nrl, rugby-league, sport, australia

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