NRL coverage


The CBC/Rogers arrangement is a completely scenario compared to what could happen between 2GB and Crocmedia for a whole range of reasons, namely CBC was ‘forced’ to do a deal with Rogers if they wanted to continue showing the NHL when the latter won the national rights in Canada


Agree, ABC is a much better listen anyway.

And yes, Ray Hadley has apparently said the radio rights are worth next to nothing these days, as people only listen in for the pre game talk and then watch the actual game on TV.

That of course, could just be a ploy to drive the price down given 2UE are now not a competitor, and 2SM can’t compete financially. Only leaves MMM as a true competitor, which have their own peculiar obsession with AFL in Sydney (seemingly tied in with getting those rights in Melbourne).


It’s apart of the AFL rights to have them over the NRL games.


Does ABC still call the Waratahs matches instead of NRL, or has that changed?


Depends on the game and it’s normally only on 702.


There have been a few occasions where they did the Waratahs match for Radio NZ, while the NRL stayed on 702.


Triple M will continue to broadcast the NRL for the next five years - there’s not much further info apart from that (eg; details about whether they’ll still air the same four games per round as they have been)


strong textDoes anyone know whether or not CROCMEDIA has signed their 4 year deal with the NRL?


No, that hasn’t been confirmed yet


strong text Thankyou jeffmister


It was reported in the Sydney “Daily Telegraph” that Crocmedia will broadcast 4 games a week on what it now Talking Lifestyle 954am.

It was also speculated that 954 would become a 24 hour sports station (like SEN).


I would love to have more Storm games broadcast on Triple M (analogue not digital) in Melbourne, as long as they don’t clash with AFL coverage.


No more 2gb doing games?


Yes, 2GB still doing games, the ones that Crocmedia would do would be other games.


Tuesday, 27 February 2018


More fans will be able to listen to live Rugby League than ever before following the confirmation of a new five-year radio rights deal.

All existing radio partners – Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo and the ABC - have re-signed for a further five years.

And as part of a new partnership with Crocmedia, more regional markets will be reached than ever before.

Through the Crocmedia partnership, regional commercial radio networks including the Super Radio Network, Grant Broadcasters and Resonate Regional Radio will broadcast Rugby League.

In addition to the national coverage provided by the ABC, the next five-year cycle will see more Rugby League in regions which have not previously had access to NRL matches.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said it was a great result for the game to have such a broad reach via the game’s radio partners.

“This will allow more people to listen to Rugby League matches and that will be great for the game,” Mr Greenberg said.

“It means we can reach fans who ordinarily would be unable to attend matches regularly.

“I’d like to thank our existing partners Macquarie Media, Southern Cross Austereo and the ABC for their ongoing support of the game and I also welcome Crocmedia to the stable.”

As part of the new rights deal:
Southern Cross Austereo (via the Triple M network) and Crocmedia will broadcast Thursday nights, Friday nights (6pm), Saturday (3pm) and Sunday afternoons (4.10pm);
Macquarie Media, via its network of stations including 2GB and 4BC, will broadcast Friday nights (7.50pm), Saturdays (5.30pm and 7.30pm), and Sundays (2pm);
The ABC have an in-principle agreement to broadcast all NRL matches.
Another feature of the deal is that fans in Queensland will be more likely to have access to the broadcast of matches involving their favourite teams. Matches involving Queensland-based teams will be more regularly broadcast by both Macquarie Media and Southern Cross Austereo in Queensland.

Holden State of Origin matches and the NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final will be broadcast nationally as part of the new agreement.

NRL Head of Strategy, David Silverton, said: “This deal completes our suite of NRL media rights deals for the 2018-22 cycle across television, digital and radio in Australia and internationally.

“Radio plays a very important role in providing our fans, many of whom live in regional locations, with access to top-level Rugby League.

“Radio also continues to be a platform that fans love to use to engage with the game.

“I would like to thank all our official radio partners for the collaborative approach taken in finalising this deal.”


Crocmedia have officially announced ‘NRL Nation’ - their commentators are Brenton Speed, Russell Barwick and Peter Psaltis whilst the experts are the same ones as included in the list I posted a fortnight ago apart from the addition of Brent Tate


I am disappointed that Victoria misses out on being part of NRL Nation. If the NRL wants to increase popularity of Melbourne Storm and rugby league in the state it needs a regular weekly broadcast on analogue radio, not just on digital radio or online. There must be radio stations across the state that don’t broadcast AFL every week, and therefore can broadcast NRL games. Even community stations in Melbourne need to be considered.
Another question is, does the new radio deal means stations in regional NSW and QLD which used to relay Continuous Call Team will instead broadcast NRL Nation for the next five years?


That probably wouldn’t be allowed. Crocmedia’s products are advertisers funded and contain significant in program advertising. That would likely be a breach of community radio’s limitation to only broadcast 5 minutes an hour of station sponsor messages.


I wonder if Crocmedia will at least put Melbourne Storm games on 1377 into Melbourne. Hard to believe they wouldn’t broadcast them somehow into Melbourne given they own 2 AM stations and also have DAB+ at their disposal.


Well Start a Petition then.