5 Aug 2015

Record NRL broadcast deal

11:54 am on 5 August 2015

The National Rugby League could receive almost $2 billion in a record broadcast deal with Fox Sports which will see every game in every round televised live for the first time.

News Corp has reported the soon-to-be-secured deal between the NRL and Fox Sports for Rugby League broadcast rights from 2018 to 2022 could see major changes to match scheduling, including a Thursday night game and possibly ending Monday night football.

Only one match would be held on Friday night under the new deal, with three on both Saturday and Sunday and the new Thursday night football fixture.

All eight matches would be shown live with an additional three games to be broadcast live on free-to-air television.

The deal will be a 70 percent increase on their current billion dollar deal, which would help the NRL to lift the salary cap from $8.3 million to $12 million.