Super League confirm French broadcast deal
Super League is pleased to confirm that a broadcast arrangement has been agreed with the premium sports network, beIN SPORTS, for CatalansDragons home and away Betfred Super League matches in 2021.
The arrangement between Sky Sports, the Dragons and the French broadcaster will initially see the first five Dragons home games being aired live on the beIN SPORTS network in France, with Sky Sports also showing the matches live throughout the UK.
The first match to be broadcast from Perpignan sees the Dragons take on the Salford Red Devils on Saturday, April 17 (kick-off, 1800 CET / 1700 BST), followed by televised home fixtures against Warrington Wolves, St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos. The Dragons matches in Round 1 and 2, which will be televised by Sky Sports in the UK, will also be shown via beIN Sports in France.
Catalans Dragons Chairman, Bernard Guasch, said: “I would like to thank our broadcast partner Sky Sports for understanding the need to broadcast the competition, and in particular our club, on a French channel.
“The return of beIN SPORTS is excellent news for our fans and sponsors, who will be able to follow our games in France and England during this difficult period, regardless of the protocols in the stadiums. Media exposure was an essential subject for our sponsors and I believe that we have met their expectations with this agreement.
“It will be a significant financial investment for the club, but the end justifies the means. I would like to thank all the people involved in this negotiation, in Perpignan, Paris, London and Manchester.”