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4 Free to air live matches from 2018 and changes to Draw and SOO

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Eagles2nv, Aug 10, 2015.

  1. Eagles2nv

    Eagles2nv New Team, New Beginnings 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    New Free to air TV agreement announced by NRL.

    4 live games a week on Nine Thurs, Fri, sat and Sunday from 2018\

    Also:

    • The NRL Telstra Premiership will be played over 25 weeks - instead of 26

    • A new State of Origin schedule with the second match in each series being played on a Sunday night as part of a stand alone weekend of representative football which will also feature Pacific Nation Tests

    • International Rugby League will be given a new priority and will be played in a dedicated window after the NRL Premiership season.

    * The NRL has also regained control of the premiership schedule from broadcasters.

    http://www.nrl.com/new-free-to-air-television-agreement/tabid/10874/newsid/88790/default.aspx
     
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    • Eagles2nv

      Eagles2nv New Team, New Beginnings 2016 Tipping Competitor

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      Seems also the way that smith is talking they will take the digital delivery of the NRL seriously.
       
    • Clay

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      Some great changes.
      The mid season test is a nothing game.
      If the origin is going to be a standalone game then it should be a Saturday night.
      But 4 live games is great.
      if only it was Friday to Sunday.
      A Thursday to Monday Schedule for 25 weeks will take some serious planning, and I have doubts in the competence of the NRL to do it correctly
       
    • jbb/james

      jbb/james Well-Known Member

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      No monday games in the proposal
       
    • Clay

      Clay Well-Known Member

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      This is the free to air proposal.
      Foxtel will want a Monday game exclusive
       
    • Mark from Brisbane

      Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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      Can some one tell me why this is being announced 3 years out??

      I thought the deals weren't going to be penned until 2017.

      And so much for the Foxtel/ Chan 10 consortium, looks like Foxtel will be left with 2 games Saturday, 1 Sunday UNLESS it's a deal where as Foxtel hinted last week ALL games would be live on Foxtel.
       
    • eagle chick

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      This is only the free to air deal. There is still the subscription television deal to be finalised. Stay tuned.
       
    • 2830 Eagle

      2830 Eagle Aim low, reach your goals, avoid disappointment

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      With a bit of luck the ch. nine commentary team will change too. Surely Ray Warren will retire by then.
       
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      • smirny

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        My thinking is that Foxtel will get all games live, and the majority of people will rather watch the game on Foxtel rather than Channel 9.
         
      • Eagles2nv

        Eagles2nv New Team, New Beginnings 2016 Tipping Competitor

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        @MFB, the NRL has stated they wanted to beat the AFL for the next TV rights, so I imagine signing it up now was part of it.

        I also wonder if it had to do with the RLPA wanting more clarity around future salary caps and player welfare. This deal will liekly mean more player welfare and the salary cap significantly increasing beyond $7M.
         
      • Eagles2nv

        Eagles2nv New Team, New Beginnings 2016 Tipping Competitor

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        Pun intended? :confused:
         
      • torana355

        torana355 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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        Great, even more games in SD..... I bloody hate channel 9. Hopefully Foxtel get simulcast rights to all the channel 9 games so i can watch the games in HD. Im happy that more games are FTA as that is important but Channel 9 need to get with the times.
         
      • lsz

        lsz Well-Known Member Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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        Most important part...they have regained control over the scheduling
         
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        • Rusty Cage

          Rusty Cage Active Member

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          Two new teams for 2017 to give fox the game they would otherwise lose?
           
        • Mals

          Mals Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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          I was thinking along these lines as well but introduced in 2018 when the new deal comes in.
           
        • Rusty Cage

          Rusty Cage Active Member

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          Yep, your right. 2018.
           
        • Fluffy

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          I think everyone is missing the biggest question - Will Brisbane still play every Friday night?
           
        • eagle chick

          eagle chick Active Member

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          Lol that was unintentional. I believe if Foxtel & Fox Sports have every game live in HD and simulcast rights it will be an ideal scenario......
           
        • Mark from Brisbane

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          Most important......for them !
           
        • Mark from Brisbane

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          I ****ing hope not!!
           
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