Toronto pull TV games to “reduce costs”

Toronto Wolfpack have confirmed it was their decision to pull TV coverage of their game against York this weekend, as well as their home game with Leigh next month.

Having already announced that games against Halifax, Rochdale and Barrow wouldn’t be televised, due to a clash with Sky Sports’ Catalans coverage, the Wolfpack moved to clarify the situation.

In a statement, they said: “Toronto Wolfpack have taken the decision to stand down our broadcast and production for the scheduled games at Lamport Stadium against York City Knights (August 10th) and Leigh Centurions (September 7th).

“The Wolfpack have invested a significant amount of money in covering all costs for the production to date in 2019. This decision has been made to reduce costs in the lead up to our much anticipated Betfred Championship playoff campaign.

“With all regular season games outside of Toronto now complete, fans in Canada have been able to watch 15 of the 17 games taking place outside Canada this season live on both Game TV and CBC Sports (online). In all 20 out of 23 games have been available live on Sky Sports in the UK, as well as being delivered into 150 million homes worldwide thanks to the Wolfpack’s valued global broadcast partnerships.

“This commitment signifies that the Wolfpack are the most viewed team in UK Rugby League this year.

“Toronto Wolfpack look forward to returning to our largest ever global television audiences in September, when the Betfred Championship playoffs get underway.”

All six Betfred Championship play-off games are to be broadcast live on Sky Sports.