Good Broadcast News For PRO14 Fans In Ireland Following Eir Sport’s Decision To Leave The Market

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There could potentially be some good news for PRO14 fans in Ireland ahead of next season following eir Sport’s decision to withdraw from the market.

The subscription-based channel has owned the rights to the cross-border competition for the last number of years but announced last week that they will not renew their current contract when it expires at the end of the season.

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But in a move that would be welcomed by everyone in Ireland, The Irish Times are reporting that RTÉ will now likely bid for the rights, bringing PRO14 action back to terrestrial television.

The national station look set to join TG4 and Premier Sports in broadcasting games next season with public interest set to be even higher following news that South Africa’s top four franchises will soon be joining the competition.

The television rights for the Guinness Six Nations are also up for tender ahead of next season with Virgin Media’s contract now up but it remains to be seen who leads the way here, with many expecting it to go behind a subscription-based service for the first time ever.