2013 AFL and NRL media deals compared

The Telegraph reported on May 17th that Nine was losing about 30 million a year on its NRL rights.


Deals include

  • Every game live and simulcast on Foxtel
  • 8 games live and simulcast on Foxtel via IPTV (ie.Foxtel for Xbox)
  • Dedicated Foxfooty Channel
  • Coverage of the Foxtel Cup (second tier knockout comp)
  • Coverage of the Under 18 state championships (junior knockout comp)
  • 4 games a week live or near live and simulcast on Channel 7
  • Live coverage for all non victorian teams on either Channel 7 or its digital channels (in several cases this has lead to 5 games on FTA in non victorian states)
  • Live and silmulcast coverage on Telstras NextG and Tbox networks.¬†(1 IPTV game is exclusive to Telstra.)
  • Live coverage in every state and terriitory on analogue and digital radio networks.
  • International Rules matches covered where applicable
  • NAB Cup matches live and exclusive to Foxtel
  • NAB Grand Final live on Channel 7
  • Fixed schedule up to round 23, and floating for the final round
  • ABC broadcasts 1 live state level match per week in every state (the AFL, as owner of at least 5 state leagues,¬†assists with ABC costs)
  • No channel 7 ads during Foxtel simulcast coverage.



  • NZ deal was last 14 million a year, and is predicted to be around 100 million over 5 years. Sky have indicated that they do not wish toi bid higher and Free to air apparently cant bid much at all.
  • Radio has been finalised, no idea for how much
  • 5 Games live and exclusive to Foxtel, including IPTV and tablets
  • 3 Games on Channel 9, 1 live on Friday
  • Undetermined amount of mobile and internet coverage on Telstra (deal not yet finalised)
  • Digital coverage of nines games on GEM across Australia
  • All finals live on Nine
  • Deals include State of Origin and Four Nations
  • Nine will show 2 hours of rugby league content every night and mornings on weekends.
  • Queensland Cup will be shown on Nine
  • Toyota Cup, NSW Cup and NSW Schoolboys to be shown on Fox as part of 3 non NRL matches per week.
  • Nine to broadcast three thursday matches, although its understood that Nine may have paid an extra 30 million for a bonus thursday game that is not mentioned in the heads of agreement.
  • Origin will be live and on Nine on Wednesday nights.
  • Stand alone test and city v country weekend will be broadcast on Nine
  • Sunday game delayed to 4pm on Nine
  • First 20 rounds fixed at the start of the season
  • Grand Final will be held at night
  • Thirteen sunday evening matches during the year
  • The Roosters v Warriors Anzac Day match on Fox (except 2014)


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