Sky reportedly secures Super League rights until 2016
Sky has reportedly struck a multimillion-pound deal that will enable it to keep the rights to the top tier of English rugby league for the next five years.
According to the Guardian, the pay TV giant has agreed to pay the Rugby Football League (RFL) £90 million to remain as its primary broadcast partner for Super League matches until 2016.
The amount represents a record high for the live rights to Super League fixtures, with Sky previously paying as little as £63 million to screen games from 2004-08.
Although the RFL refused to confirm that any such agreement has been reached, a spokesman said: "We are happy with the way negotiations are going with broadcasters and we hope they are drawing towards a conclusion."
With various other details regarding international games, the Challenge Cup and the Championship still yet to be ironed out, an official announcement is not expected until next month.
Warrington Wolves, who are top of the Super League table after 18 matches, have dished out the biggest home and away victories of the 2011 season.
The competition's average attendance for the current campaign stands at 9,169.