FOOTBALL: Sky Sports & ESPN confirm live Premier League games over festive period

October 5, 2012

More than 20 live Barclays Premier League games will broadcast on Sky Sports and ESPN over a bumper festive period for football fans.

All 20 teams in the division will be shown by either broadcaster at least once between December 1 and January 2, with the highlight being Manchester City’s clash with Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium on December 9, which will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports.

In addition to its feast of live Premier League matches over Christmas, Sky Sports has also confirmed the next set of live npower Football League fixtures, with nine Championships matches set to be broadcast during December.

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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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AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Sky Sports announces new three-year NFL deal

September 4, 2012

Sky Sports has been awarded a new three-year deal for live coverage of the NFL on the eve of the 2012/13 season.

More than 60 live games will be broadcast each season, including the International Series game at Wembley Stadium, the playoffs and the Super Bowl.

The agreement takes the partnership between Sky Sports and the NFL into its 20th year with coverage to be provided across all platforms, including TV, mobile, online and tablet devices.

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RUGBY UNION: Sky Sports confirms opening live Heineken Cup matches for 2012/13

July 26, 2012

Sky Sports has announced its opening live Heineken Cup games for first four rounds of the 2012/13 season.

Champions Leinster will begin their title defence against tournament newcomers Exeter Chiefs, a clash which will be screened live on Sky Sports HD on October 13, and is part of the first weekend of the 2012-2013 season.

Last season’s finalists Ulster will host Castres Olympique at Ravenhill a day earlier in the opening match of the new campaign on October 12, and is the first of more than 40 games that will be shown on Sky Sports during the opening four weekends of the competition.

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