ARL Set to Begin Broadcasting Talks

By Community | May 10, 2012

Formal talks between the Australian Rugby League (ARL) commission and Seven and Ten networks over possible broadcasting deals will begin this week.

Several parties are interested in securing the broadcasting rights and the commission is pursuing a deal worth $1billion (Aus). Current ARL broadcasters The Nine Network and Fox Sports made their bids on Monday.

“We will be having meetings with Channel Seven and Channel Ten later this week,” David Gallop, Chief Executive of the ARL commission, said.

“We have done a lot of work to get a clear picture of the game’s value given the results that it produces and we go into the next phase really confident about that. Having been through the exclusive [rights] stage we’re keen to move to the next stage.”

Regarding the potential for sharing premiership, State of Origin and international games among different networks, Gallop said: “We have a number of options and, as I have said for some time, we’re keen to explore the options that maximise the opportunities.”
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