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New Zealand Rugby Union, Sky TV Sign 'Conditional' Deal For Broadcast Rights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 24 / 14

The New Zealand Rugby Union and Sky TV signed "a conditional five-year deal for broadcasting rights from 2016," according to Greg Stutchbury of REUTERS. A final agreement is expected to be signed off by the end of November. NZRU CEO Steve Tew said that no financial details were disclosed "due to the...

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09/24/14
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