22 Jul 2011

NRL in line for bumper payday

12:39 pm on 22 July 2011

A new broadcast agreement outstripping the $1.5 billion deal struck by Aussie Rules is one of several scenarios presented to National Rugby League club bosses as they prepare to embark on a golden new era for the code.

A six-hour summit of NRL chairmen and chief executives in Sydney on Thursday was told rugby league was in a strong position heading to the bargaining table.

Negotiations for a new television rights deal - set to take effect in 2013 - will begin as soon as an independent commission is put in place.

The NRL's chief executive David Gallop wouldn't be drawn on the figure the game is hoping to achieve, but it's understood club bosses were given a breakdown of their share, based on three different scenarios, the third being a whopping $1.75 billion.

The NRL's last rights deal was for $630 million over five years.