Fox Sports will continue talks with Rugby Australia over the coming weeks as it seeks clarity over what is exactly up for sale in the code’s new TV rights deal.
The pay-TV network missed RA’s Friday deadline for formal expressions of interest in a new broadcast deal but discussions are ongoing.
The code’s existing free-to-air broadcaster, Network 10, also remains in talks with the governing body. Sources with knowledge of the negotiations suggest the network is keen on a discount from its previous rights deal.
Last month RA announced its broadcast offering for the next cycle, which may be reduced from the usual period of five years – which was initially RA’s preference – depending on what an interested network is after.
Instead of putting forward a whole-of-game broadcast rights package, RA has given potential bidders the option to cherry pick different competitions and pieces of rugby content.
The hard part, however, is that RA is not 100 per sure what next year’s version of Super Rugby will look like. All indications are that another instalment of Super Rugby AU will run for a second season before a