RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership Final 2013 – Leicester v Northampton – Live on ESPN

May 20, 2013

After nine months of compelling drama just two sides remain in the hunt to be crowned champions of England in the 2013 Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham.

Leicester Tigers, finalists in each of the last nine years, take on Northampton Saints who will be making their debut in English rugby union’s showpiece occasion.

ESPN will broadcast its last Aviva Premiership Final exclusively live from Twickenham on Saturday, May 25, with extended highlights on ITV and Sky Sports.

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TV: BT Sport announces on-air presentation line-up

May 9, 2013

BT Sport has revealed its full line-up of presenters, analysts, commentators and reporters ahead the network’s launch this summer.

Among the BT team are some big name signings from the worlds of football, rugby union and tennis, plus brief details of two new regular sports magazine shows presented by Clare Balding and Tim Lovejoy.

Alongside a raft of major announcements made at BT Sport’s new headquarters on the Olympic Park, the channel’s advertising campaign hits television screens which reveasl the exciting and accessible personality of its new channels.

BT Sport has also set its launch date – Thursday, August 1, 2013.

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RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership – Final round live games confirmed by ESPN & Sky Sports

April 22, 2013

ESPN and Sky Sports have announced their live match selections for the final round of the 2012/13 Aviva Premiership season.

Billed as ‘Super Saturday’, three games will shown on Saturday, May 4, with all of them set to play a role in deciding the semi-final line-up and the final Heineken Cup qualification place.

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RUGBY UNION: Lawrence Dallaglio joins BT Sport

March 12, 2013

Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio has signed with BT Sport to become its chief analyst on its rugby union coverage.

Dallaglio, 40, is the first major signing for BT Sport’s exclusive live coverage of up to 69 live rugby matches a season from the Aviva Premiership.

He will be a co-commentator for some live matches and studio pundit for other live clashes when BT Sport launches in the summer.

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RUGBY UNION: ESPN & Sky Sports confirm live Aviva Premiership games for February and March

December 19, 2012

ESPN and Sky Sports have announced the latest set of live Aviva Premiership matches that will be broadcast during February and March.

Covering rounds 14 to 17 of the 2012/13 regular season, 12 live games will be shown across both networks as the race for the semi-final play-offs amongst the top sides in the league table intensifies.

For the first time in the history of English Premiership rugby a match will be played on an artificial surface, with Saracens hosting Exeter Chiefs at their new home of Allianz Park in Barnet on February 16, exclusively live on Sky Sports.

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BROADCASTING: BT to base new sports channels at London’s Olympic Park

November 30, 2012

BT has chosen to make the Olympic Park broadcast centre in east London the home of its new BT Sport channels from next year.

The new Olympic Park studios will be the main headquarters and the central production hub for all the sports content that BT will offer after the telecoms giant agreed a 10-year lease to become the anchor tenant of the building, now part of iCITY.

Selected programmes will be hosted from the Olympic Park studios. In addition, some features and programming will be filmed at another iconic venue, the BT Tower.

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RUGBY UNION: ESPN & Sky Sports announce live Aviva Premiership games during festive period

October 11, 2012

ESPN and Sky Sports have announced the latest set of live Aviva Premiership matches that will be broadcast over the festive period.

Covering rounds 10 to 13 of the 2012/13 regular season, defending champions Harlequins’ annual trip to Twickenham, this season against London Irish, has been chosen as one of seven live matches on ESPN, while Sky Sports will screen five games.

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RUGBY UNION: BT wins exclusive Premiership rights

September 12, 2012

BT and Premiership Rugby have announced one of the biggest broadcast deals in the history of English club rugby, signing a contract worth up to £152 million for a range of exclusive live rights over a four year period.

In a ground-breaking new broadcast deal, BT will have the exclusive live rights to show Aviva Premiership Rugby for the next four years, as well as the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Sevens series, from the 2013/14 season.

BT has also been given exclusive rights to matches played by Premiership clubs in any future European competitions from 2014/15 for three years, though this part of the deal has been questioned by the ERC, the organisers of both premier European club competitions, who claim that the English Premiership’s governing body does not have the authority to distribute the rights.

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RUGBY UNION: ESPN & Sky Sports confirm opening live Aviva Premiership games

July 13, 2012

ESPN and Sky Sports have announced their first set of live Aviva Premiership matches that will be shown over the opening eight rounds of the season.

Defending champions Harlequins will kick off the 2012/13 campaign when they take on London Wasps in a double-header at Twickenham, also featuring Saracens against London Irish, with both games live in front of ESPN cameras on September 1.

Newly promoted London Welsh face 2010 champions Leicester in their debut match in English rugby union’s top flight, and this will be the first of nine live games on Sky Sports between September and November.

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RUGBY UNION: Aviva Premiership Final 2012 – Live on ESPN

May 20, 2012

The climax to a compelling Aviva Premiership Rugby season takes place at Twickenham on Saturday 28th May as Harlequins and Leicester compete to be crowned 2011-12 champions.

ESPN will be the only place for fans to watch the drama unfold as it broadcasts exclusive live coverage of the finale to the English club rugby season.

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