Lenagan Thinks SL Should Receive More Than £26m Of Sky's £40m Per Year

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26 June 2018

League Express writer, Matthew Shaw met with Wigan chairman, Ian Lenagan last week and the interview revealed – among other things - some great insight into the distribution of the finances from the Sky TV agreement and how the balance may change for Super League and Championship clubs.

Here's a taste:

MS: You said you were committed to funding the Championship until 2021, but do you appreciate that some clubs will naturally have some fears beyond that. What would your message be to them?

IL: We in Super League share completely the fear of loss of funding beyond 2021. That is why we are taking well-planned action now to give rugby league its best chance of continued funding for all levels of the game by a revitalised Super League competition as the top tier, attractive to broadcasters. Super League has an ongoing commitment to fund the game beyond 2021 but that can only continue with a strong competition valued by the broadcasters and the watching public which achieves a good replacement broadcasting deal from 2022 onwards. That shows why it is essential that these changes in competition structure need to start in 2019. Currently the SL broadcasting deal is for £40m a year but Super League clubs receive only £26m of that. The rest funds the RFL, England and the rest of the game – including £4.9 million to the Championship. Some people might think that’s insufficient focus on promoting Super League for

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