Pay-per-view matches the best solution to save rugby league, says agent

Super League should explore the possibility of using pay-per-view to broadcast matches, according to leading player agent Craig Harrison.

The rugby league season has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the nation.

Harrison of ShowMeTheMoneyUK reckons Super League and the Rugby Football League should utilise the pay-per-view model that has been used in boxing and UFC for many years.

He tweeted: “We have to take the game to the fans and at the moment that’s into households – simple.

“The safety of the staff, players and fans is paramount so the quicker we realise we’re not going to have 15,000+ fans in a stadium this year – pay-per-view is the way forward to save the game.

“Again, please take this in rugby league fans. If clubs come off the furlough agreement to play games, they have no income so they will not survive the season.

“We must think of ways to create income streams and pay-per-view is the best solution to save the game.”

Hull KR and Scotland half-back Ryan Brierley agrees with his agent in believing pay-per-view matches are the way forward.

He said: “It’s the only thing that will save the game, otherwise we’re all screwed.

“We need to help our clubs all we can because crowds are not going to flock to games once lockdown is over.

“Everyone, understandably, will be apprehensive and nervous about congregating as a crowd.”

The NRL has confirmed it will resume its season on May 28, but there has been no announcement on the UK competitions yet.

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  1. Not for me Im afraid. Already paying through the nose for Sky Sports. Would rather go round the corner and watch an amateur game.

  2. Best solution is to keep your mouth shut harrison… if pay per view comes in affect for finals and dearby games etc. I would rather cancel my season ticket, not purchase any more merchandise and cancel sky sports and be totally done with the sport. Once pay per view comes in to play that’s it. It will be pay per view for good. It’s not just rugby league getting affected financially it’s also all your rugby league fans during these times, the game will not collapse at all, if it goes to part time rugby like it did years ago then so be it.

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