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    Posted: 11 Mar 2021 at 18:52
The end of Six Nations on "Free To Air" television?

Six Nations: Private equity giants CVC complete deal for share in tournament

Quote "CVC recognises the exciting potential in the Six Nations Championships and autumn international series, and they are aligned with our vision for the future."

The deal incorporates the Women's and Under-20s tournaments, plus the autumn international series, with the six unions recently centralising their ownership and operational activities.

The Six Nations say the objective of the partnership with CVC is to "invest to grow and develop the game", with an aim to "attract a new more diverse and global fan base".
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The writing is on the wall for coverage moving behind a pay-wall.

Such a shame. 
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Originally posted by Deva Delinquent Deva Delinquent wrote:

The writing is on the wall for coverage moving behind a pay-wall.

Such a shame. 


Hopefully they will allow 1 game per round to be on free to air TV. However, I may be too optimistic.
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Originally posted by Raider999 Raider999 wrote:

Originally posted by Deva Delinquent Deva Delinquent wrote:

The writing is on the wall for coverage moving behind a pay-wall.

Such a shame. 


Hopefully they will allow 1 game per round to be on free to air TV. However, I may be too optimistic.

Possible loophole for a free-to-air channel to provide non-English commentary, similar to what we see for the Autumn internationals (S4C cover Wales home games). 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Richard Lowther Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 Mar 2021 at 20:13
Its a sad day for Six Nations rugby. 

An almost guarantee that the game will go behind a paywall and less people will watch it and rugby loses a privileged position of being able to gain a wide audience.

It will be like Cricket all over again - chasing a quick buck to the detriment of the game in the long term. 

We all know where the RFU's share of the cash will ultimately end up and it isn't the Community game. 

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It is not free money - CVC obviously believe they will earn it and more back and Ibet they priced itso that is true on the current ocntracts.

The unions are the ones betting CVC will generate enough extra income to outweigh the loss.
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Short termism. Take the money,spend the money,come back for more when it's spent.
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It will also be interesting to see how CVC manage, what at first glance, appear to be two competing interests - 1) their investment into the Premiership (and Pro14) and 2) their Six Nations investment. 

In order to get the most out of the Six Nations package they will need to have available all the players at the right time, but then the Premiership clubs would fight against any thing which means their best players are not available to turn out for the clubs and maximise the Premiership income (and CVC investment.)


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CVC have a 51% controlling commercial interest in the Premiership but only 14.3% in the Six Nations. They will call the shots on player availability criteria.
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Originally posted by oneagainstthehead oneagainstthehead wrote:

CVC have a 51% controlling commercial interest in the Premiership but only 14.3% in the Six Nations. They will call the shots on player availability criteria.


It's only a 27% share of the Premiership. 
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Originally posted by Richard Lowther Richard Lowther wrote:

Originally posted by oneagainstthehead oneagainstthehead wrote:

CVC have a 51% controlling commercial interest in the Premiership but only 14.3% in the Six Nations. They will call the shots on player availability criteria.


It's only a 27% share of the Premiership. 
Twenty-seven percent of value but, according  to The Times today, they hold 51% controlling interest in commercial decisions.
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