Super League signs historic two-year broadcasting deal with Channel 4
Super League sign a historic two-year TV deal with Channel 4 to make 10 games free-to-air from 2022 – starting with Leeds Rhinos’ opener against Warrington on February 12
- Channel 4 has signed a two-year deal to show Super League games free-to-air
- Leeds Rhinos game against Warrington will be Channel 4’s first broadcast
- A total of 10 Super League matches will be broadcast for free by the broadcaster
- Sky Sports, which had a broadcast monopoly for 26 years, will still show 66 matches
Super League will be shown live on free-to-air television for the first time in 2022, after officials agreed a two-year deal with Channel 4.
The Leeds broadcaster will be showing 10 games a year, starting with Leeds Rhinos’ opening game against Warrington – Daryl Powell’s first league game in charge of his new club – on Saturday 12 February with a lunch break.
The remaining nine games are spread over the season and include two playoffs at the end of the season.
Channel 4 has reached a two-year deal to receive a selection of Super League games for free
The move puts an end to Sky Sports’ 26-year monopoly on live Super League and is a by-product of the new two-year deal announced in April with the satellite broadcaster.
Sky will continue to feature 66 games per season, including the Magic Weekend and the Grand Final, and will have the top pick of games in each of the regular rounds and the playoffs.
Super League chairman Ken Davy said: “We are delighted to confirm a brand new broadcasting partnership with Channel 4.
“They have a great track record of showing some of the best sports leagues.
Ten matches will be made free in 2022, starting with the opening match of Leeds Rhinos (in purple)
“The ability to offer fans live Betfred Super League action throughout the season on a free-to-air platform is fantastic and we hope it will continue to serve our current fans as well as attract many new fans to the sport.
“I have to thank our main broadcasting partner Sky Sports, without whose support this collaboration would not have been possible.”
Channel 4 Head of Sport Peter Andrews said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be bringing Super League to free-to-air television for the first time in its history.
“It’s fantastic news for rugby league fans and it’s a very special addition to Channel 4’s sports portfolio, especially as it is one of our first major partnerships since moving to our new national headquarters at the Majestic in Leeds.”
The Super League season kicks off on Thursday, February 10, and the full playlist will be released on Thursday.
The move ends Sky Sports’ 26-year monopoly on live Super League broadcasting