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NRL broadcasting rights in NZ are still under negotiation three days out from the season opener. (AAP)
The NRL season begins in three days, but broadcasting rights in New Zealand are still under negotiation between the NRL and Sky TV.
With the NRL season opener just days away, broadcasting rights in New Zealand are still up in the air.

The six-month season begins on Thursday, when the Sydney Roosters meet the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Allianz Stadium.

The Warriors kick-off against Parramatta in their season-opener at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday.

A Sky TV spokeswoman says negotiations between broadcaster and the NRL are continuing, with Sky yet to secure the rights.

"We're absolutely hoping to this week, but I certainly can't guarantee that," she told NZ Newswire.

The NRL last year signed a five-year, $1 billion broadcast deal with Fox Sports and Channel Nine, the richest television deal in rugby league's history and more than double the previous deal signed in 2005. 


Well, the first game of the season kicks off tomorrow night. Bloody hell Sky!!! Get your act together and sort this out or I will cancel my subscription. 


The NRL has today signed a five-year broadcast rights partnership with SKY Television that will bring the excitement of the Telstra Premiership, Holden State of Origin and the Holden Cup to viewers across New Zealand.
On the day of the most anticipated Telstra Premiership in memory, rugby league’s biggest New Zealand broadcast rights partnership features:
• All Vodafone Warriors Telstra Premiership matches, the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars, the Holden State of Origin Series, Telstra Premiership finals series and grand final will be shown live on SKY Sport;
• All Telstra Premiership matches and televised Holden Cup matches are available for broadcast on SKY Sport.
“The game in New Zealand is the strongest it has ever been at all levels and we are thrilled that we have agreed to a long-term partnership to bring the best rugby league competition in the world to fans across New Zealand,” said NRL general manager, strategic projects, Shane Mattiske.
“The anticipation ahead of the 2013 Telstra Premiership has been incredible, especially for the Vodafone Warriors’ opening home match at Eden Park in round two against the Roosters.
“We know how much it means to fans in New Zealand to be able to watch rugby league and this partnership offers the most comprehensive coverage ever provided.”
Richard Last, SKY’s director of sport, was enthusiastic about the deal.
“We know how passionate SKY viewers are about the NRL and we are delighted to announce this five-year deal to deliver fantastic rugby league viewing to New Zealanders,” he said.
SKY Television has also announced that Andrew Voss will commentate all Vodafone Warriors home games alongside ex-Kiwi player turned broadcaster Daryl Halligan. 


They musta heard ya Muppet. Obviously well connected there.:lol: 

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