Off the back of an engrossing festive interprovincial series which has seen the PRO14 deliver high-quality rugby over the last number of weeks, the competition seems to have received a boost with the news that they have secured a new broadcaster for next season.
According to the42, Eir Sport are on the verge of securing the Irish rights to air PRO14 fixtures next season, beating Sky to the punch who have broadcasted games from the competition over the last number of years.
It is understood that Eir have outbid Sky for the rights and that a deal is close to being confirmed by the Irish broadcaster and tournament officials.
It is also understood that Irish-language broadcaster, TG4, may still be able to provide live coverage of games which they have done for the last number season as the deal could include a sub licencing agreement.
Although though the numbers behind the deal are not yet known, it is understood that the new deal will be an increase on what the PRO14 receives from Sky, which is thought to be in the region of €14 million.
Eir are no strangers to broadcasting rugby, who can forget Ireland’s win over the All Blacks which was exclusively shown by them. In addition to this, they have also provided live coverage of the 2017 Women’s Rugby World Cup and school’s rugby in both Munster and Leinster.
It will be a busy few years for the broadcaster as they will also be showing live coverage of the 2017 Sevens World Cup which is to be held in San Francisco this summer in addition to the World U20 Rugby Championship.
Note: Pundit Arena have contacted the PRO14 for comment.