FOOTBALL: ITV wins live rights to England qualifiers for Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018

May 14, 2013

ITV will exclusively show live coverage of all England’s international football matches both home and away for the Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup qualifying competitions.

The new agreement with UEFA, who are selling broadcast rights to European-based international qualifiers for the first time, continues and expands the ITV’s commitment to showing live, free-to-air coverage of the England football team.

Also included in the deal, reported to be worth £100m, are the rights for ITV4 to broadcast 20 qualifying games featuring non-home nations teams.

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FOOTBALL: Rio Ferdinand signs for BT Sport

May 9, 2013

Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand has joined the fledgling BT Sport on a three-year deal as an interviewer, programme-maker and football pundit.

Ferdinand, 34, who has played 81 times so far for England, has agreed to carry out various roles for BT Sport, including making football and lifestyle programmes, as well as act as a expert pundit on BT’s football coverage from the 2013/14 season. 

The Manchester United centre-half, who was recently named in the PFA Team of the Year 2012-13 in a poll of his fellow professionals, will also act as a BT Ambassador as the company prepares to launch two new sports channels this summer.

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MMA: BT Sport signs three-year UFC deal

May 7, 2013

BT Sport and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) have signed a ground-breaking TV deal that will see more UK coverage of its events than ever before.

The three-year partnership will see all of UFC’s live and recorded programming broadcast exclusively on BT Sport in the UK and Ireland.

For the first time, this will include originally produced programming for UK audiences with exclusive access which will result in up to 400 hours of programming to the UFC’s loyal and burgeoning British fanbase.

BT will begin airing UFC programming from the summer with the premiere event live on August 3. 

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TENNIS: Sky Sports retains US Open and ATP World Tour rights

May 2, 2013

Sky Sports has secured major rights renewals for two of its most long-standing contracts to cover the US Open and ATP World Tour events.

The broadcaster has renewed the rights to screen the final Grand Slam of the calendar year in New York, where Britain’s Andy Murray won his first major title in 2012, in a new three-year deal starting in August.

Sky have also secured the rights to continue broadcasting exclusive live coverage of the top events on the ATP World Tour calendar for five more years up to 2018, including all nine ATP Masters 1000 events and the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals at London’s O2 Arena.

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BOXING: David Haye signs deal with Matchroom and Sky Sports

April 28, 2013

British heavyweight David Haye has announced that he will return to action against Manuel Charr in Manchester on June 29, exclusively live on Sky Sports.

The former WBA world heavyweight champion Haye also confirmed that his camp have struck up a commercial relationship with promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, who are currently the exclusive provider of Sky’s live boxing shows.

Matchroom and Hayemaker will co-promote the shows headlined by the former world champion, beginning with the clash against the 28 year-old German challenger Charr at Manchester Arena.

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BOXING: Amir Khan v Julio Diaz live on BoxNation

March 23, 2013

British boxing superstar Amir ‘King’ Khan’s first fight in the UK in two years will be screened exclusively live on BoxNation.

The Bolton fighter, a former unified IBF and WBA Super World Light-Welterweight champion, takes on Julio ‘The Kidd’ Diaz, himself a former world champion, on Saturday, April 27, at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.

In addition to Khan’s BoxNation debut, Golden Boy Promotion’s Sheffield bill also includes Team GB Olympian Anthony Ogogo making his professional debut, as will Khan’s brother Haroon.

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FOOTBALL: S4C to show Grimsby v Wrexham live in FA Trophy Final

March 23, 2013

S4C has secured a last-minute deal to broadcast the 2013 FA Trophy Final between Grimsby Town and Wrexham live from Wembley Stadium.

Due to travel problems caused by the bad weather, the Welsh-language broadcaster asked the FA, Wrexham and Grimsby to reconsider a bid to broadcast the game live.

All three parties agreed to the bid and the game will be shown on S4C on Sunday, March 24, with coverage beginning at 2.45pm ahead of a 3.00pm kick-off.

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