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Rugby League International Federation Taking IMG Media to Court

After the success of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup which saw matches played out in New Zealand, and Australia with Kumuls matches hosted here in Port Moresby, it seems the games are not fully over.

Rugby League International Federation, the international body representing the RLWC, is taking IMG Media, the media company who acquired the broadcast rights to the 2017 World Cup to court for $750,000 in unpaid fees.

IMG Media signed a contract back in 2011, which provided them broadcasting and distribution rights to the 2013 and the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

IMG claims, this was on the understanding that the games would only be played in Australia.

The sky-high price tag is now in question, as broadcasting from a venue such as Papua New Guinea comes at a very high production cost and IMG are now refusing to pay.

IMG further claimed that the additional costs amounted to approximately $750,000.

The matter is due for deliberation in the Sydney Supreme Court this Friday.

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