The LNR have today announced a new TV deal with French host broadcaster Canal+, believed to be worth a total of €355 million over five years.
The league will receive €70 million for the first two seasons, €71 million in 2016/17 and €72 million for the final two years of the partnership.
The rights had been put out to tender, and there was rumoured to be major interest from Qatari network beIN Sport (who are involved in a similar way in French football), but in the end the LNR chose to stick with Canal+, who currently provide their coverage.
An LNR statement read: “This new partnership, which is the biggest for club rugby in the world, will allow the Top 14 to continue to develop it’s exposure and strengthen the status of the Top 14 as the most attractive league in the world.”
To put it into perspective, the four year deal that Premiership Rugby signed with BT Sport in 2012 to start at the beginning of this season is worth £152 million.
The new average of €71 million per season is quite an increase on the current deal, which currently sees them pocket €31.7 million. This new deal is only likely to help the top clubs with their ambitious recruitment policies of the world’s top talent, although the new home-grown rules coming into place next season will hopefully mean things don’t get out of hand.
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