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: Sky Sports secures live home nations qualifiers for Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018

May 14, 2013

Sky Sports has been awarded the rights to screen all home nations and Republic of Ireland qualification matches for Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup.

The new agreement with UEFA provides Sky Sports with live coverage all Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland games, together with highlights of England qualifiers and a selection of live matches featuring non-home nation sides.

In a seperate announcement, Sky Sports has officially confirmed it will screen this summer’s European Under-21 Championships in Israel exclusively live.

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FOOTBALL: BT Sport to screen FA WSL games

May 9, 2013

BT Sport has announced a major commitment to women’s football in an exciting new broadcast partnership with the FA.

The telecoms giant has acquired exclusive rights to screen selected live FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) matches, currently broadcast on ESPN.

In addition, BT is to become one of the founding partners of a new commercial programme for women’s football from 2014 to 2018, which will see the company sponsor the England Women’s senior team and the FA Women’s Cup.

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RUGBY LEAGUE: BBC and Premier Sports share 2013 Rugby League World Cup rights

April 10, 2013

BBC Sport and Premier Sports will share the rights to broadcast live coverage of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup to be held this Autumn across England and Wales.

The BBC will screen extensive free-to-air television coverage of the 2013 tournament, including live games and regular highlights. The corporation has also secured the rights to the 2017 World Cup (host TBC), plus TV coverage of the 2014 and 2016 Four Nations tournaments.

Subscription channel Premier Sports will screen all 28 games live from the 2013 tournament, which kicks off on Saturday, October 26 and represents the biggest international sporting event taking place in the UK during 2013.


FOOTBALL: FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifiers – March 22-26 – TV Guide

March 18, 2013

The road to next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil continues as the latest set of crucial qualifying matches take place over a busy period of international football from March 22-26.

England’s two away qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro will be shown exclusively live on ITV, while the highly anticipated home nations clash between Scotland and Wales at Hampden Park is live on Sky Sports.

Also in action are five-time world champions and next year’s hosts Brazil, with ITV4 screening live coverage of their two friendly internationals against Italy in Geneva and Russia at Stamford Bridge.

In addition, UK users can watch a variety of European qualifying matches for FREE via the Qualifiers 2014 YouTube channel:

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FOOTBALL: International Friendlies – Live on ITV & Sky Sports

February 4, 2013

Attention turns to the international game in midweek as England, Scotland and Wales and the Republic of Ireland prepare for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers.

England welcome Brazil to Wembley to mark the 150th anniversary since the formation of the Football Association, exclusively live on ITV.

Gordon Strachan takes charge of Scotland for the first time as they play host to Estonia, Wales play Austria at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, while Republic of Ireland face a stiff test when they host a dangerous Poland side in Dublin.

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RUGBY LEAGUE: BBC to broadcast Autumn International Triangular Series

September 24, 2012

The Rugby Football League (RFL) have agreed a broadcast deal with the BBC for live coverage of all four matches of the 2012 Autumn International Series.

Featuring England, France and Wales, the series provides an opportunity for all three competing nations to hone their preparations for Rugby League World Cup 2013 and will feature the best Rugby League players from the domestic competitions of Europe and Australia.

With the Four Nations tournament being rested until after the 2013 World Cup, the BBC have stepped in to secure the TV rights to this one-off triangular series after Sky reportedly declined to cover it.

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