It’s almost too far-fetched to be believable….
Seven and Nine have had discussions to share coverage of football codes, NRL and AFL.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that under the proposal, Nine would broadcast an AFL match in the southern states while Seven would show at least one NRL game live in New South Wales and Queensland.
That may allow FOX Sports the flexibility to simulcast all rugby league matches, which could boost the price for NRL rights.
It is believed the Nine-Seven discussion about the potential sharing of AFL and NRL games was raised several months ago.
”It’s definitely on the table,” said a source. ”It’s been discussed and there’s a real chance it could happen.”
But such a union could also shut out any hope by TEN to nab NRL rights. TEN has already had discussions with the Australian Rugby League Commission following bids by Nine and Seven.
The newspaper speculates that a joint bid by Nine and Seven is expected in the next two months, and the ARL hopes to reach an agreement by September.