Salford move home game to Leigh
Salford City Reds have agreed to switch their final game of the Stobart Super League season to Leigh Sports Village.
The Reds were due to host play-off hopefuls Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the City of Salford Stadium on Friday night but Sky Sports have selected the game to be screened live on Saturday at 6:15pm, creating a clash with Sale Sharks' opening home fixture of the Aviva Premiership season.
Because Sale's game is also being televised live, Salford were forced to seek an alternative ground and have opted for Leigh, which they currently use as a training base.
Salford were aware of the possible problem three weeks ago but City Reds football director Steve Simms said they had spent the last two days looking at alternatives.
"I don't think anybody would be happy about having to play a home game on another ground but it's out of our hands," said Simms.
"The RFL knew three weeks ago that Sale would have primacy for Saturday's game and we informed them again last week that we couldn't play at home on the Saturday.
"Sky have still put the game on TV and we've been told we have to play on Saturday. We had no option but to find another ground and that's what we've been trying to do for two days."
The Super League clubs currently receive an average of £1.2m per year from Sky Sports as their share of the competition's broadcast contract. Saturday will be the third time that a Salford home match has been televised in 2012.