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Six Nations refuses to rule out pay-TV future

England face Wales during NatWest Six Nations on February 10, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Six Nations Rugby, organising body of the annual national team tournament, has refused to rule out the possibility that live rights to the championship could go behind a paywall against the backdrop of a proposed investment deal with private equity group CVC Capital Partners.

CVC’s attempts to acquire a stake in the Six Nations were last month reportedly being held up by a disagreement over the championship’s media rights. CVC started an exclusive period of negotiation with Six Nations Rugby last September with a view to acquiring a 15-per-cent stake in the championships for a reported £300m (€345.9m/$383.6m).

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