Broadcast deal extended with the BBC for all three challenge cups

RFL

Press Release

15th December 2020,

The RFL are delighted to announce a new three-year enhanced agreement with the BBC to extend their coverage of the Challenge Cup until 2024.

The new deal for the Men’s competition will see the BBC continuing to cover two matches from the Quarter Finals and the round of 16 that precedes it, as well as both Semi Finals and the Final.

It will commence from 2022 - when Rugby League celebrates 70 years since the first Challenge Cup Final at Wembley to be televised nationally by the BBC Workington Town’s victory over Featherstone Rovers in 1952.

The BBC’s ground breaking online and digital coverage of the early rounds of the competition featuring teams and clubs from all sections of the Community Game will continue and will sit alongside the RFL’s additional digital and highlights rights allowing the opportunity to promote the sport to a wider audience.

In addition, the Women’s Challenge Cup Final will also air live on the BBC for the next four seasons along with the Wheelchair Challenge Cup Final which will be shown live on the BBC’s digital platforms. This competition was won in 2019 for the first time by Leeds Rhinos, who currently hold all three Challenge Cups.

All three 2021 Rugby League World Cups, Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair which will take place in England next autumn will also be covered live on the BBC with 61 matches in total airing across platforms.

Ralph Rimmer, the RFL Chief Executive, said: “As we near the end of a year of so many unprecedented challenges, we are delighted to have concluded a deal to extend the BBC’s coverage not only of the Challenge Cup, but also of the Women’s and Wheelchair competitions which we see as being so important to the future of our sport.

“The value of the sport’s enduring partnership with the BBC has never been more evident than in 2020, as we worked together on delivering a memorable Challenge Cup Final at Wembley despite the absence of fans, which attracted the strongest viewing figures for almost a decade. More recently, raising awareness and funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association has been bolstered by the BBC’s inspirational work with Rob Burrow and his family, culminating in their magnificent coverage of Kevin Sinfield’s heroic efforts.

“2021 will be another huge year for Rugby League on the BBC with their coverage of the three World Cups to be staged in this country next October and November, so it is fitting that this new deal includes more exposure for the Women’s and Wheelchair Challenge Cup competitions.”

The original article can be found here.

Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.

Courses

Legal Advisors


Copyright © LawInSport Limited 2010 - 2021. These pages contain general information only. Nothing in these pages constitutes legal advice. You should consult a suitably qualified lawyer on any specific legal problem or matter. The information provided here was accurate as of the day it was posted; however, the law may have changed since that date. This information is not intended to be, and should not be used as, a substitute for taking legal advice in any specific situation. LawInSport is not responsible for any actions taken or not taken on the basis of this information. Please refer to the full terms and conditions on our website.