Super League boss "grateful" to reach crucial agreement with Sky Sports

Super League chief executive Robert Elstone says the game's resilience will "continued to be tested" but the competition is pleased to have reached agreement with Sky Sports over television revenues.

Monday, 22nd June 2020, 9:17 am
Super League's CEO Robert Elstone (SWPIX)

With the sport shutdown since mid-March and not due to restart in all likelihood until August, It has been reported that clubs will each face a £280,000 hit due to their 2020 broadcast monies.

A statement said: "Betfred Super League, The RFL and Sky Sports have reached agreement over clubs’ 2020 TV revenues, which recognises the huge disruption to this season’s fixture calendar, and the significant impact it has had on broadcasting schedules.

"This welcome resolution will enable the Game to plan to the end of the 2021 season with greater financial certainty.

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"The agreement is subject to the sport resuming when government and public health advice allows."

Elstone said: "Rugby League’s 25-year relationship with Sky Sports has been built on a genuine partnership that has never been more evident than during the COVID-19 crisis.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement which acknowledges the disruption to Sky Sports’ Super League schedules but gives our clubs greater financial certainty moving forward in these challenging times.

“Our resilience will continue to be tested - but we are grateful to Sky for their ongoing support.”