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Clubs get $8m injection from Nine's broadcast deal

"From the moment we signed the heads of agreement with our broadcast partners we have been working towards providing this payment to the clubs" ... ARLC interim chief executive Shane Mattiske.

"From the moment we signed the heads of agreement with our broadcast partners we have been working towards providing this payment to the clubs" ... ARLC interim chief executive Shane Mattiske. Photo: Getty Images

THE 16 NRL clubs have been overnight granted some financial breathing space after ARL Commission officials secured funding from Channel Nine under the terms of the new broadcast agreement.

ARLC officials successfully negotiated for Nine to make a $30 million funding payment - $8 million of which goes directly to the clubs as a television rights bonus. All clubs have or will be paid $500,000. The one-off payment was expected to come earlier but was confirmed yesterday after a week of negotiations between ARLC officials and the network, which yesterday avoided administration.

''From the moment we signed the heads of agreement with our broadcast partners we have been working towards providing this payment to the clubs,'' ARLC interim chief executive Shane Mattiske.

''This is just the start of the benefits the new broadcast rights deal will provide to the game's stakeholders over the term of the agreement … it is a significant step for the clubs.

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