Fans hoping to prepare for the first home game of Super Rugby in the Western Force season against Brumby in pubs and clubs across Australia will experience a rough shock on Friday night.
After the Super Rugby opener between the Reds and Varatahs was broadcast on Channel 9’s secondary channel, Gem, the second double-header match was shown exclusively on the Stan streaming platform.
Besides, those who hope to watch the game with a beer in hand in the city, will not be able to watch it.
As he discovered The Sydney Morning Herald, an agreement between Stan Sport and Ski Channel was made on the eve of the start of the season.
The SMH reports that the deal was reached after Tabcorp’s senior executive learned that Ski Channel had reached an agreement without the consent of its parent company Tabcorp.
Although there is an agreement with Stan Sport, it has not yet had to be approved internally.
The Herald, which is owned by Nine, reports that the deal could still be agreed.
Until then, rugby fans hoping to watch every Super Rugby match will not be able to do so in pubs, as they will not be able to switch via satellite to venues across Australia.
Sports and racing codes can convey their vision to pubs and clubs via satellite via one of three organizations: Foktel, Ski Channel or Optus – meaning Ski was Nina’s most sustainable partner.
By failing to reach an agreement, Rugby Australia and Nina remain red-eyed at the expected opening of the weekend with their new broadcasting partners.
“I don’t know of any other big sport that has no plans to convey its vision to the hundreds of thousands of eyeballs that have supported their product in the last 20 years,” said Stephen Ferguson, executive director of the Australian Hotel Association. Herald.
In November, Nine signed a three-year contract with Rugby Australia in the amount of 100 million dollars.