The derby between St Helens and Wigan on July 12 will not be shown on television for the first time since 1995.
Instead of broadcasting the classic Saints-Wigan clash, Sky Sports will show the relegation battle between Leeds and Hull KR at Emerald Headingley Stadium.
Every competitive match between St Helens and Wigan since January 1995 has been televised. It was a Regal Trophy quarter-final, which Wigan won 24-22.
The BBC televised Leeds-Castleford instead, with the latter being holders at the time and running out 34-14 winners at Leeds.
The last league derby between St Helens and Wigan that wasn’t televised was on April 4, 1991. The match was played on a Thursday night at Central Park due to Saints competing in a Cup semi-final on Easter Monday.
And the last league match at Saints without television was on Boxing Day, 1988.
January 1995. Regal Trophy. Ends a run of 94 in a row. In the league Sky have never not picked it . https://t.co/N5k8DFENaW
— Bilko (@wiganrlfans) June 24, 2019