Super League and Sky extend TV agreement

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The Super League and Sky Sports agree a new five-year television deal.

The Super League and Sky Sports have announced a new broadcasting deal which will see Rugby League matches screened live for the next five years.

The agreement, which provides Sky with exclusive rights until 2016, will see the partnership between the two companies reach 21 years.

Sky Sports will now show up to 70 Super League encounters each season.

"At a time when broadcast fees in sport have been under real pressure, this is a tremendous outcome for the sport of Rugby League," said RFL Chairman Richard Lewis.

"It clearly demonstrates the confidence that Sky Sports has in the game's current and future appeal and will give everyone involved in the sport a real boost.

"This is the first time we have sold domestic rights independently of international rights and so it bodes well for those sales which will be concluded either later this year or early next year."

Sky have also confirmed that they will be showing some matches in 3D.