By Adam Shergold for MailOnline
Published: 09:04 GMT, 2 March 2020 | Updated: 09:09 GMT, 2 March 2020
The Six Nations 'could be removed from free-to-air television' with 'Sky Sports emerging as favourites' to snatch broadcasting rights for the blue riband rugby tournament.
Sky are reportedly in line to secure a £300million agreement to screen the competition from 2021, leaving terrestrial channels BBC and ITV on the margins with potentially huge implications for the sport.
BBC and ITV teamed up to outbid Sky when the rights were last up for grabs in 2016, negotiating a deal worth £90m-a-year to screen the Six Nations until 2021.
Wales won last year's Six Nations but the tournament may soon be lost to free-to-air television
The Six Nations trophy is seen prior to the France vs England fixture in Paris this year
But, according to the Rugby Paper, with the tenders for broadcasting rights closing in the coming days, Sky are poised to blow them out of the water.
That's because joint bids are banned this time around, increasing the likelihood the annual tournament could disappear to subscription TV.
The Rugby Paper