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Super League Rugby Chiefs Blast New $325M Sky TV Deal Set For 2017
Published February 5, 2014
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SOUR IN SALFORD: In London, Andy Wilson reported Salford Owner Marwan Koukash has followed Lenagan by "slamming Super League's new long-term television deal with Sky in a scattergun attack on the game's governing body." Koukash offered a collection of sponsors, supporters and media his thoughts on recent Super League developments. Of the Sky deal, he said, "I voted against it, because I didn't think it is the right one. You don't marry the first girl you meet. You go out with them, you sleep with them, you try them, but don't commit to the long-term relationship until you're sure there's no one else better." Koukash "was especially annoyed at the lack of notice he and the other Super League chairmen were given." Koukash: "All right, we've got more money -- bloody £300,000 ($489,000) per year. Will it let us increase the salary cap? No. I tell you what it will do -- it will allow us to stabilize some of the clubs." Koukash was "similarly scathing over the new three-year sponsorship deal with First Utility that was announced last week." Koukash: "Supposedly wonderful news, but we will be lucky if we get £30-40,000 ($49-65,000). We are securing better deals than that ourselves as a club" (GUARDIAN, 2/4).
SPENDING MONEY: In Sydney, Steve Mascord reported English rugby league chiefs are hopeful the TV windfall "will help halt the player exodus to the NRL." Wood said that while there were no immediate plans to increase the salary cap, the new cash "could make a marquee player system more likely." Wood: "It will certainly help" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 2/5).