Rugby League

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. 

RFL receives four bids for Bulls

The Rugby Football League has confirmed it has received four unconditional bids for Super League side Bradford Bulls, with a deadline of 21st August now set for the bidders to present a business plan for the administration-hit club.

The Bulls have been in administration since 26th June.

In a statement, the RFL revealed that one of the bids under consideration came from Super League (Europe) Ltd, but the other three have not be named.

Super League offers to buy Bulls

Super League's parent company has made an offer to purchase Bradford Bulls on behalf of the competition's 13 other clubs, after the Rugby Football League rejected two conditional bids for the club from the ABC consortium.

The Bulls have been in administration since 26th June, but Super League (Europe) Ltd have now made an offer to try to save them.

Administrator Brendan Guilfoyle had previously warned that if a buyer could not be found the club faced "extinction".

RFL rejects revised Bulls offer

The Rugby Football League has rejected the second bid submitted by the ABC consortium for Bradford Bulls, after an original conditional bid was rejected last Thursday before the second bid was submitted the following day.

According to media reports, it is believed the consortium want assurances over the club's Super League future as well as being allowed to buy back the club's Odsal ground.

Meanwhile, the RFL is continuing to talk to the club's administrators about funding the players' wages for August.

Super League ends cash-free sponsorship

Rugby league’s Super League has announced it has reached a mutual agreement to end its title cash-free sponsorship deal with the Stobart Group at the end of this season, in a bid to sell the rights for the 2013 campaign.

The logistics company agreed the deal in January to promote the league via its network of haulage trucks across the country.

Since entering into the partnership for the 2012 season, the Super League reported that it has increased its television audience by 45% and experienced record game attendances. 

RFL reveals record turnover for 2011

The Rugby Football League has reported a record turnover of over £27 million for 2011, figures that allowed the governing body to post a pre-tax profit for the 10th consecutive year.

The RFL’s annual meeting detailed that the turnover of £27.04 million increased by 18.5% over 2010’s figures. 

The profit has enabled the organisation to increase hand-outs to clubs and other member organisations to a record £9.18 million.

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