The TV broadcasting rights for the Champions Cup and Challenge Cup has been something which has bothered rugby supporters for a while now.
Ever since European rugby’s premier club competition was rebranded and restructured from the Heineken Cup to the Champions Cup there has been another company involved in broadcasting matches.
The broadcaster, of course, is BT Sport and there are definitely advantages to them being involved. BT offer an alternative to Sky and competition should always be promoted.
A second broadcaster offers the opportunity for alternative analysis, views and methods to interact with the viewer.
Unfortunately what this means for the regular supporter is that it is another expense and not many people can afford two pay-per-view sports subscriptions, let alone one.
As a result, it is often the case that fans will have to make alternative plans if their side isn’t being broadcast by a particular channel.
However, this may soon be a thing of the past as The Telegraph are reporting that the Champions Cup could return to terrestrial television.
The current broadcasting deal expires in 2019 and it is believed that tournament organisers want to offer free-to-air matches in order to reach a greater audience.
Tenders are currently being sought from broadcasters for the new deal and this follows earlier reports at the end of 2016 that EPCR will be looking at only securing one pay-per-view broadcaster going forward.
So that’s a certain level of free-to-view Champions Cup games and only one pay-per-view broadcaster.
Sounds good to us.
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