Massive Six Nations Broadcast News That Will Upset A Lot Of People

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

Jason is the editor here at RugbyLAD and a proud Limerick man.
Jason Hennessy

Not good.

It looks like the entire Six Nations will no longer be broadcast free-to-air in a move that is going to upset a lot of people.

With eir Sport recently announcing that BT Sport will no longer be available as part of their sports package, fans are upset as it is. The move means you will no have to pay for an extra subscription with Sky to ensure you’re able to continue watching the Champions Cup.

And it’s about to get worse with the lads over at RugbyPass reporting that CVC Capital Partners are set to take a 15% stake in the tournament worth in excess of £500m.

As part of the deal, the investment company will bring in a mix of free-to-air and paid-for television exposure when the current Six Nations tv deal expires in 2021.

And to make matters worse the November internationals, which are staged by the Six Nations, will also be part of that deal putting even more rugby behind a pay-wall.

“The current agreement will be the last to involve the whole Six Nations tournament being shown on terrestrial television,” confirmed a leading Six Nations source to RugbyPass.

“The exact details have yet to be negotiated but the whole deal could be sorted out quite quickly.