Premier Sports praised for innovative approach

Date published: Monday, March 12, 2012

The RFL has heralded a new chapter in Rugby League broadcasting following the successful launch of Premier Sports’ live coverage of Co-operative Championships action this week.

The broadcaster screened the Leigh Centurions v Batley Bulldogs fixture on Thursday evening when Rugby League fans were treated to an innovative approach which RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer believes has enhanced the sport.

The coverage includes a system which allows viewers to see and hear the full deliberations by the video referee and Rimmer is confident Rugby League supporters will be fans of the new approach.

“I would like to offer a warm welcome to Premier Sports, I thought the coverage on Thursday evening was terrific,” said Rimmer. “It was informative and innovative and I’d urge any Rugby League fan not to miss out.

“Video referee Ian Smith did a fantastic job of explaining the process of his decisions live on air and it gave the viewers a great insight into what to expect from Premier Sports this season.”

Richard Webb, the Operations Director for Premier Sports, said: “We have had excellent feedback to our first Co-operative Championship broadcast. The live stream of the video referee decision has really made a big impact and we look forward to keeping viewers close to the action throughout the season.”

Premier Sports will continue their coverage of the Co-operative Championships by broadcasting the Championship match between Featherstone Rovers and Leigh Centurions at The Big Fella’s Stadium this Thursday (March 15) kick off 7.30pm.

The RFL has also confirmed that the Northern Rail Cup quarter-final tie, Keighley Cougars v Featherstone Rovers, will be televised live on Premier Sports on Thursday June 14.

The match between newly-promoted Keighley and Championship winners Featherstone will be shown on the satellite channel with a 7.30pm kick off. The two clubs were drawn together live on Premier Sports on Thursday.

To celebrate the launch of the Championships season, Premier Sports are offering Rugby League fans the chance to purchase a 12-month season ticket to Premier Sports, Sky Channel 433, for just £79.99.

Not only can Rugby League fans save £21 off the standard sale price, but £10 from every season ticket will be given back to the subscriber’s club of choice.

To take advantage of this offer fans can subscribe on-line at www.premiersports.tv or via phone by calling 0871 663 9000 before March 31 2012 and will be given the option to select which Championship club they want the £10 to go to.