SKY SECURES FIVE-YEAR NRL RIGHTS DEAL

SKY has today signed a five-year broadcast rights partnership with the NRL that will bring the excitement of the Telstra Premiership, Holden State of Origin and the Holden Cup to viewers across New Zealand.

Article By: skysport.co.nz,

skysport.co.nz, Thursday, 7 March 2013 6:07 p.m.

SKY has today signed a five-year broadcast rights partnership with the NRL that will bring the excitement of the Telstra Premiership, Holden State of Origin and the Holden Cup to viewers across New Zealand.

On the day of the most anticipated Telstra Premiership in memory, SKY can confirm exclusive coverage of all Warriors Telstra Premiership matches, the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars, the Holden State of Origin Series, Telstra Premiership Finals Series and Grand Final will be shown live on SKY Sport.

In addition all Telstra Premiership matches and televised Holden Cup matches are available for broadcast on SKY Sport.

“The game in New Zealand is the strongest it has ever been at all levels and we are thrilled that we have agreed a long-term partnership to bring the best Rugby League competition in the world to fans across New Zealand,” said NRL General Manager, Strategy and Special Projects, Mr Shane Mattiske.

“The anticipation ahead of the 2013 Telstra Premiership has been incredible, especially for the Warriors’ opening home match on March 16 at Eden Park in Round 2 against the Roosters.

“We know how much it means to fans in New Zealand to be able to watch Rugby League and this partnership offers the most comprehensive coverage ever provided.”

Richard Last, SKY’s Director of Sport was enthusiastic about the deal.

“We know how passionate SKY viewers are about the NRL and we are delighted to announce this five year deal to deliver fantastic Rugby League viewing to New Zealanders’.

SKY retains all online and mobile rights for the NRL for the duration of this agreement.

There is more good news for rugby league fans around the country with SKY Sport announcing Andrew Voss will commentate all Warriors home-games alongside ex-Kiwi player turned broadcaster Daryl Halligan.