PRO14 Rugby

  • Aisling Delaney Joins PRO14

    ... Wilson Hartnell, Aisling worked across key accounts including Guinness, Electric Ireland, Carlsberg, An Post as well as with a number of rights holders such as Swim Ireland, Ireland Active & the Irish Sailing Association. As part of her new role with PRO14 Rugby, Aisling will work closely with the tournament’s partners while also ensuring that the Guinness PRO14’s reputation for delivering high-end events and match-day experiences continues to excel.  ...

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  • Super Sport To Broadcast PRO14

    South African broadcaster, SuperSport has joined the PRO14 roster of the broadcasting partners with a deal to cover a range of live matches in the re-designed tournament which now boasts participation by the Kings and Currie Cup champions the Cheetahs. "This is an exciting property that offers an entirely new flavour," said Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport last week. "There's a particular intrigue in northern hemisphere Rugby and to be part of this pioneering change presents an array of possibi...

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  • Eurosport Extend Their PRO14 Coverage To 62 Countries

    ... and we cannot wait to build on what we delivered last season by adding the option to watch games on the Eurosport Player. The expansion of the Championship into South Africa brings a truly unique dynamic to the Guinness PRO14.” Martin Anayi, CEO of PRO14 Rugby, said: “To have Discovery Eurosport on board once again is fantastic news for our fans in Italy as well as across Europe and Asia. As a broadcast partner we were delighted to see what Eurosport could bring to the table during the last...

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  • Premier Sports Deal Doubles Rights Value For PRO14

    PRO14 Rugby have announced the signing of a landmark partnership with Premier Sports and FreeSports to broadcast every game from the Guinness PRO14 live across the UK and Northern Ireland for at least the next three years. The agreement starts from the beginning of the 2018-19 season and has been reported as being worth around £10m per year – about twice the current value of the same rights. Supporters in the UK, including Northern Ireland, can watch all 152 games broadcast on pay TV channel...

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  • Roux And Erasmus Join PRO14 Board

    SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux and director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus have joined the board of PRO14 Rugby to represent the league’s expansion to include the Toyota Cheetahs and the Southern Kings. PRO14 chief executive Martin Anayi, commercial & marketing director Dermot Rigley and tournament director David Jordan joined Roux and Erasmus at the match between the Toyota Cheetahs and Munster in Bloemfontein last week following a series of productive meetings with local stakeholders. “To have the C...

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  • Sky Backs Off As Eir Sports Take PRO14 Rights In Ireland

    Irish pay TV channel Eir Sport will take over Ireland broadcast rights of the Guinness PRO14 from next season having outbid Sky in that market, leaving an opportunity for new broadcasters to come on board in the UK. Sky Sports will not bid for PRO14 rights in individual UK markets at the end of their four-year contract this season. Sky has been broadcasting live Guinness PRO14 matches in the UK and Ireland since 2014. Reports claim that their interest in extending those rights was dependent upo...

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  • PRO14 Goes For Pay-TV Deal Over BBC In UK

    ... and S4C put together a competitive joint bid. Competition organisers are understood to have awarded the UK rights to the pay-TV service buit have not yet made that official. In a statement, BBC Wales said: "We're proud of our record of covering live PRO14 Rugby across television, radio and online and we offered a significantly increased financial bid in order to safeguard these rights on a free-to-air basis for hundreds of thousands of viewers in Wales, and across the UK," it said. "We know the...

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  • PRO14 To Be Shown On Eir Sports And TG4 Next Season

    ... Senior School Cups and will be the home of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. Eir sport has entered into a sub-licencing agreement with TG4, allowing the Irish language broadcaster access to continue to cover 21 games during the season. Martin Anayi, CEO, PRO14 Rugby, said: “The arrival of eir sport alongside Premier Sports in the UK will be a game-changer for the Guinness PRO14. It is another bold step in raising our championship to new levels and unlocking its vast potential. Eir Sport will...

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  • SA Teams Will Boost PRO14 TV Income By 50%

    The induction of two South African teams into a new PRO14 competition starting in September 2017 gathers pace and is expected to be announced imminently after the PRO12 admitted officially for the first time that discussions were ongoing. The media this week has revealed two central factors that will push the radical development forward: that the inclusion of the new clubs will bring an increase of TV revenue to the league of some £36m (€41m) over 6 years – a 50% increase on the current £1...

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  • PRO14 Final In Dublin In 2018

    Dublin’s Aviva Stadium has been confirmed as the destination venue for the championship decider in May. Tickets are now on sale for the Guinness PRO14 Final on May 26, 2018. The event returns to Aviva Stadium where a record-breaking crowd of 45,566 witnessed history in May as Scarlets claimed their second Championship title with a thrilling 46-22 victory over Munster. CEO Martin Anayi told the press at the league’s launch event that he believes using the Aviva Stadium will pay dividends for...

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