ESL in Good Shape Thanks to
Sponsorship Deal

British rugby league has been given a cash boost with the agreement of a new five-year television deal worth STG53 million ($A127.48 million) from now until the end of the 2008 season.

The new contract with Sky Sports represents a STG7 million ($A16.84 million) increase on the just-expired accord with the satellite broadcaster.

The new deal covers both Super League matches and rights to Great Britain's home matches, including the Tri-Nations Series to be held in Britain for the next three years.

It does not include rights to the 2008 World Cup in Australia, which are the property of the international federation.