As well as messing about with the times and days of SL matches, Sky have now decided to show hardly any Australian RL. During lockdown when Sky Sports was free, they were showing all 8 Aussie matches, now they’ve started charging again , they’ve cut it down to just 2 matches the last 2 weeks.
This week they had a game advertised on Thursday morning and didn’t show it, with no explanation, instead they showed highlights of old SL games for an hour, then a Aussie RU match.
I don’t know what Sky’s contract is regarding Aussie matches, wether it’s a payment for each match they show, or a payment to show as many games as they want, if it’s the latter, it seems stupid to just show 2 games a week.
It’s pretty obvious that Sky regard RL as just something to fill the schedules if they’ve got nothing else to show.
Maybe they pay more for Super Rugby so they put it on a higher profile channel? Don’t know like in fairness. RL on Sky reminds me of Speedway on SKY, slowly declined then binned off. As I have said previously, the proof will be in the pudding in the next TV negotiations, the rights to the NFL/NBA etc won’t come cheap, let alone the Prem and the Cricket. The money has to come from somewhere and a massive hike in subscription fees won’t be the answer…
It does seem like since RU and Super League has come back NRL has been binned off at their expense. Ultimately they’ll want to balance things as there’s an appetite for Union (god knows why, I watched some of the Australian Super Rugby and the standard of play even for Union is poor) and they don’t seem to like using the full capacity of the 12 or so channels they seem to have, something had to give and it was the NRL.