Could this be the end of Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship?

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  1. mdaclarke

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    https://www.sarugbymag.co.za/roux-sa-rugby-cannot-lose-broadcasting-money/

    Looks like the South African Government is trying to take Super Rugby and Internationals off Pay TV and on to Free to air TV.

    It is my understanding the Australian and New Zealand Rugby rely upon South African TV money. This could be extremely bad news for the Boks, Wallabys, All Blacks and Pumas as well as the Super Rugby Teams.
     
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    I would love to see them try.

    They have tried to do this and failed on several occasions. Our public broadcaster is in shambles and there are numerous reports of bankruptcy and bailouts to assist the public broadcaster.

    They've done this in the past with cricket, and every time they fail, the paytv station, Supersport continues on their merry way. Our public broadcaster simply doesn't have the infrastructure to sustain this plan. They don't even have HD cameras to film the matches and in the past paid Supersport for the filming and then broadcasted it simultaneously on the free station.

    I'm not worried one bit.
     
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    I think they are looking at moving Super Rugby and Currie Cup to Category B "offered to subscription broadcasting licensee on a non exclusive basis under sub licensing conditions."

    Does this mean that the games would be exclusive on Pay TV with compulsory highlights on Free TV?
    Does this mean that most games would be exclusive on Pay TV with a minority of games shown live on Free TV? or
    Does this mean that all games must also be shown live on Free TV?

    If it was the top one then this is no different to how major sport is done in the UK
     
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    At the moment, the only sport being aired on free tv in SA is local Soccer (not all games), international Cricket matches, boxing and WWE Wrestling.

    All other sports are on Pay TV. And Supersport is the one that signs agreements with the Sports Associations locally and internationally. The matches broadcasted on freetv are 9 times out of 10 bought from Supersport in any case.

    I think the issue is that Rugby is only available on the premium package, while local soccer is available on the cheaper Compact package and due to cost, more people in the rural areas rather buy the compact package or go to their local pub to watch sport.
     
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