Uk News BT Sport secures rights for Premier 15s final and will show free live stream online United Kingdom news
PremierLeague-News.Com - The final will be the first time a Premier 15s match is shown live on a mainstream broadcaster since the league launched in 2017
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Rugby Football Union is set to announce BT Sport has secured the rights to broadcast the end-of-season showpiece matches in the Premier 15s, i can reveal.Sources at the RFU and at Premier 15s clubs have confirmed that BT Sport will show highlights of the Premier 15s semi-finals on 22 May, while the final will be shown live seven days later. While BT Sport will keep the matches behind its paywall on one of its television channels, they will be made available to view online for free.The i newsletter latest news and analysisEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.The final will be the first time a Premier 15s match is shown live on a mainstream broadcaster since the women’s top-flight league launched in 2017. BT Sport, which is believed to have secured the broadcast rights for a nominal fee following disruption to its deal with the men’s Premiership league during the pandemic, is also understood to have been given first refusal on the rights to show the entire 2021-22 season from the autumn.This season’s semi-finals and final will act as test events so BT Sport can determine if there is a large enough audience for women’s rugby. The broadcaster will then make a decision on whether to sign up for the league next season.While BT Sport will be the primary broadcaster this season, there remains a chance that a free-to-air TV channel may be given some opportunity to show the matches.
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.Up until now, fans have only been able to watch Premier 15s matches via live online streams run by the clubs and authorised by the RFU. More than one million people would have watched a Premier 15s match by the end of the regular season on 8 May.The Exeter Chiefs vs Saracens match at Sandy Park in January was the most watched women’s club game in history, with 125,000 people viewing it online, more than many matches in the men’s Premiership gain on BT Sport.The top four set to compete in the semi-finals are all but set in stone with current champions Saracens and Harlequins due to gain home advantage against Wasps and Loughborough Lightning.There does remain a slim chance league debutants Exeter Chiefs could still squeeze into the semis, but with two games to go the team is sitting six points behind fourth-placed Loughborough. Results would have to go in Exeter’s favour to allow them to leapfrog their nearest rivals.The deal with BT Sport could be announced as early as this week, after the RFU meets with the league’s 10 clubs to agree the terms of the broadcasts.
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