Retiring broadcaster Mike Stephenson says rugby league is a niche sport that is struggling.
Stephenson, better known as ‘Stevo’, is retiring as a commentator after tomorrow’s grand final.
The 1972 World Cup winner believes that rugby league would have been “oblierated” without the support of Sky.
“I think it’s struggling,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
“I have no qualms about saying that without Rupert Murdoch’s money, it would have been obliterated. Completely.
“We’re a niche sport. And we’re a northern sport, whether we like it or not.”