FANS of the Betfred Championship and York City Knights will more ways to watch next season after the Rugby Football League today confirmed a two-year broadcast partnership with Premier Sports.

Under the deal, Premier Sports will provide live and exclusive coverage from the start of the 2022 season through to the play-offs and the Million Pound Game - including every game of the Summer Bash, which features all 14 clubs in a single venue on the same weekend.

With one game from every regular round, that means more than 30 Betfred Championship fixtures.

The deal also includes coverage of seven Betfred Challenge Cup ties through the spring, as Premier Sports have secured secondary rights to the competition, including two of the quarter-finals.

Premier Sports' Championship matches will be shown in a regular Monday night slot, which will include 45 minutes' build-up for reflection and analysis.

RFL chief executive Ralph Rimmer said: "This is such an exciting and positive announcement for Betfred Championship clubs, and for the sport as a whole.

"Premier Sports have been excellent partners for the sport in the past, with their coverage of the Championship and also the 2013 World Cup, and it’s great to have them back in rugby league.

"They played a key role in pioneering Thursday night rugby league, and now we will be working with all our clubs to ensure the success of regular Monday night matches - which provide the Championship with a fantastic platform.

"I know Premier Sports have exciting plans to offer special subscription incentives for season ticket holders from the Betfred Championship clubs.

"One of the highlights of the 2021 season has been the re-emergence of the Betfred Championship and League One competitions after the disruption caused by the pandemic in 2020. We've seen again the quality of players on the field and the passion of the supporters off it."