Coverage of the Gallagher Premiership could be set for a huge drop in value because it failed to agree a new deal with either BT Sport or Sky before the coronavirus crisis.
After failing to secure the new deal, it seems very unlikely they will get anything close to the £40million a year it receives from BT Sport.
Premiership Rugby is facing a significant drop in the value of its broadcasting rights because it failed to agree a deal with either BT Sport or Sky before the coronavirus crisis struck, reports @martynziegler https://t.co/jY8WjWMlkM— Times Sport (@TimesSport) April 26, 2020
BT Sport, who have transformed Premiership rugbys coverage in recent years had an exclusive negotiating period with the league but that has come and gone without the broadcaster renewing, according to The Times.
They’ve reportedly also held talks with Sky but failed to agree a deal.
Premiership Rugby has declined to comment.
These are the worst EVER signings by every Gallagher Premiership club
Here are THE WORST ever buys by current Gallagher Premiership clubs. Just don’t think about how much they cost…
Bath Rugby: Sam Burgess
What a corker to start off with. The rugby league superstar was signed for Bath Rugby on huge money, joining in October 2014.
His inclusion and performances at the Rugby World Cup were widely scrutinized, and seen by some pundits as partly to blame for England’s “humiliating” early pool stage exit from the tournament—the worst result for a host nation in the tournament’s history.
And following the disastrous campaign, Burgess quit rugby union after just 12 months, opting to return to South Sydney Rabbitohs, signing a three-year contract.
An absolute flop.
Bristol Bears: Tyrese Johnson-Fisher – Bristol Bears
More disappointing than bad.
The speedster, who went viral as a youngster for his four tries at Twickenham in the NatWest Schools Cup, joined Bristol last summer but left the Premiership side with immediate effect in February.
He’s since revealed he’s taken the decision to pursue other opportunities outside of professional rugby.
Exeter Chiefs: Nemani Nadolo
Signed for the club 11th Jan 2011 but was registered under his Aussie passport and therefore cost the club 2 points and £5000 for fielding too many overseas players.
He was then convicted of drink driving, banned from the road for 18 months, and released by the club in May 2011.
He failed to score a single try in his four appearances for the Chiefs. His career has done nothing but rise ever since so that’s nice.