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Rugby League World Cup set for BBC

Rugby League World Cup 2013 organisers have announced that the BBC has secured rights to broadcast the tournament, showing live coverage of all England games on television and radio, starting with the Opening Ceremony featuring England v Australia.

There will then be live coverage of England’s other two Group A games against Ireland and Fiji, as well as a quarter-final, semi-final showdown at Wembley and the Rugby League World Cup Final at Old Trafford on 30th November. 

Rugby League World Cup signs partnership

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup, set to be staged in England and Wales, has signed a partnership with 4Sight Sport which will see the data marketing company become the official data agency of the event.

Mark Foster, marketing manager of RLWC2013, said of the deal: ‘Rugby League World Cup 2013 is a major event in the sporting calendar and so far ticket sales have been very encouraging. We are looking forward to continuing to use 4Sight’s services to develop our data and fan engagement strategy and build on the excitement that a major tournament brings to the country.’

Hertz drives Rugby League World Cup

The Hertz Corporation has signed a new partnership with Rugby League World Cup 2013 to become the Official Vehicle Hire Supplier for the competition, to be hosted in England and Wales next year.  

Hertz will provide a fleet of cars to carry players and officials between the tournament’s matches and vans for moving equipment such as players’ kit.  

Foxy Bingo in RFL Partnership

Foxy Bingo, the online bingo site, has signed a deal with the Rugby Football League (RFL) which will see the company become the competition's official bingo partner in 2013.

Welcoming Foxy Bingo to the competition's growing stable of partners, Super League commercial director James Mercer said: ‘It gives me great pleasure to welcome Foxy Bingo on board as an official partner of Super League for the next three years. We look forward to working closely with Foxy Bingo and to developing a partnership which will enhance our successful brands.’

Super League clubs face rising debts

Super League clubs are facing combined debts of £68.5m, according to a BBC Inside Out investigation, with several teams failing to generate sufficient turnover.

Sports finance expert Rob Wilson told the BBC: ‘Our findings indicate that there is a cumulative net debt of £68.5m among the Super League clubs with three or four clubs performing well. The remaining clubs appear to make annual losses which contribute to the net debt position, some just about wash their faces financially while others appear to have lost control of their spending.’

Tetley’s to sponsor the Challenge Cup

The Rugby Football League (RFL) has announced Tetley’s as the new title sponsor of the world’s oldest Rugby League competition, the Challenge Cup, with the tournament set to become the The Tetley’s Challenge Cup for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Tetley's, who were title sponsors of Super League between 2000 and 2004 and RFL, will also become the Official Beer of Super League for the next two seasons - while various new sponsorship initiatives will also be created to support the partnership.

BBC secures international rugby league coverage

The BBC has announced a new agreement with the Rugby Football League to broadcast all four matches of the triangular tournament between England, France and Wales this autumn.

The tournament temporarily replaces the Four Nations, which has been postponed until after the 2013 World Cup. 

Sky, who recently signed a four-year broadcast extension for European rugby union rights, normally broadcasts the Tri and Four Nations Series - but declined to cover the triangular tournament, allowing Saturday afternoon rugby league to return to the BBC.

Bradford Bulls saved after takeover agreed

Bradford Bulls has been saved from liquidation after a consortium, headed by Bradford restaurant owner Omar Khan, agreed a deal with administrators.

However, former UK Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe – who is part of the consortium - has warned that it will take up to two years to revive the fortunes of the rugby league club. 

The Bulls entered administration on 26th June, with the Rugby Football League having since attempted to secure new owners for the club. 

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