21 Aug 2012

NRL seal $1bn broadcast deal

2:25 pm on 21 August 2012

The National Rugby League has secured a broadcast deal worth more than $AU 1 billion ($NZ 1.3 billion) for the next five years.

Incumbent broadcasters, the Nine Network and Fox Sports, have retained the television rights.

Under the new agreement, Nine will retain all representative games and three free-to-air NRL matches each weekend.

Fox Sports will continue with five games, including Monday night football.

The $AU 1.025 billion deal is worth $AU 925 million in cash, with the balance to be made up in advertising.