The Six Nations could be broadcast on Amazon in two years’ time after the streaming giant entered the race to secure broadcasting rights for the tournament.
BBC and ITV currently jointly have the rights to the tournament, but the £90m-a-year deal expires in 2021 and the bidding process for the next deal is now in motion.
Sky Sports are widely reported to secure a £300million broadcast deal for the tournament, according to reports.
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Submissions for the current tender package must be submitted before March 14.
The rights package is being divided up into three tranches of five matches a year with the top tranche including the most commercially attractive games.
Now, The Times report Amazon is one of the online broadcasters that has shown interest in buying a stake in the game too.
They are a fast-growing force in the world of tennis and broadcast its first Premier League football games in December.
The World’s Highest-Paid Rugby Players 2020
20. Faf de Klerk (Sale Sharks) – £500,000
The Springbok playmaker enters the list after signing a new contract with the Premiership club.
19. Paddy Jackson (London Irish) – £500,000
The number 10 reportedly earns more than his ex-international teammate Sean O’Brien at the Exiles, who pockets a hefty £450,000 wage packet.
18. Sergio Parisse (Toulon) – £500,000
Italy’s captain has been a star for more years than most can remember and continues to be paid big money for his services at No.8 by Toulon.
17. Kieran Read (Toyota Verblitz) – £519,000
16. Finn Russell (Racing 92) – £535,000
Doubled his money by succeeding Carter at Racing 92 after switching from Glasgow Warriors with the Scottish Rugby Union unable to come anywhere near matching the money he was offered by the Top 14 club.