New Zealand’s Rugby League Super League (RLSP) could be the first to benefit from a $50 million expansion of its broadcasting rights agreement.
It has been mooted as an option for many years, but has always been in the hands of the NRL, which has a monopoly on the game’s broadcast rights.
But, for now, the competition’s chief executive, Tim Stapleton, has been told by the NRL that it could be up to 2020 before the New Zealand Rugby League could formally join the game.
That means a possible extension to the current deal, which runs until 2020.
The RLSP has a television deal with Channel Nine that expires in 2021, but could be renewed if there is interest in the league in the meantime.
Stapleton told Fox Sports on Thursday that he has spoken to both NRL clubs and the RLSP about the possibility.
He said the new television deal, with Channel 9, is an option, but there are issues with it.
“We’ve talked to a number of clubs, we’ve had some discussions with the RLSC.
We’re looking at it now.
There’s still a number on the table,” Staplet said.”
I think it’s a viable option.
It’s not necessarily the first option that comes to mind.”
In a statement, the RLST said it had not yet spoken to the NRL.
“The RLST takes any opportunity to engage with the competition to ensure it continues to attract and retain passionate supporters,” the statement said.
The New Zealand Herald newspaper has reported that the RLSL is seeking to increase the amount of money it is paying the NRL to broadcast the competition.
“If there is an increase, we will be able to announce it publicly, which will be good news for the sport,” the RLRL said in a statement.
The RLSL said it was still in discussions with other interested parties but that the NRL had made clear to the RLPL it would not negotiate directly with the NRL and was willing to make it clear in any talks that they were not interested in a new television contract.
In a separate interview with the Herald, the league’s chief financial officer, Tom Naughton, said he had “no doubts” the RLLL would be able find an agreement to bring in a team.
“It’s a question of when,” he said.
“We’ll have to see if the clubs are interested in having us, but we’ll certainly look at the possibilities.”
Naughton said he was not aware of any potential rivalries in the region.
“Our league is in a really good place,” he told the Herald.
“There are plenty of good players and good clubs out there, and if there’s any competition out there it will just take another team to get the RLLS game going.”
So it’s something we’re looking forward to, and we’ll look at all the options.
“When you have an expansion club, it’s always going to be an issue because you need to have that money coming in.”
You want to have a team that can bring in the money, but also the talent that you need.
“The RLLL has been trying to build its fanbase and attract new fans with its annual Super League Day, a chance for players and supporters to meet and speak to one another.
However, that event has come under fire for its lack of a formal partnership with the local community.
In an interview with Channel Seven, Stapler said he hoped the new Super League could be a catalyst for the region’s tourism industry, which is in crisis.
He said he believed the Super League was “a good way of reaching out to those people who may not otherwise have been interested in the game”.”
We’re talking about attracting people to the game, getting them to the stadium, and then they’re going to come to the club.
That’s the essence of it.