FOOTBALL: UEFA Under-21 Championship 2013 – Live on Sky Sports

June 1, 2013

England’s Under 21s launch their bid to become European champions this summer with Sky Sports again providing extensive live coverage of the UEFA U-21 Championship in Israel.

The biennal eight-team tournament gets underway on Wednesday, June 5, with the final taking place just under three weeks later in Jerusalem, on Tuesday, June 18.

Stuart Pearce’s in-form England side are in Group A along with the host nation, as well as Norway and Italy, while a heavyweight Group B contains holders Spain along with Russia, Netherlands and Germany.

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RUGBY UNION: BBC to screen England’s two summer tests against Argentina

May 29, 2013

The BBC has secured the rights to broadcast England’s two Tests against Argentina in June.

Stuart Lancaster’s team travel to South America, minus their British & Irish Lions contingent, for what will be their first two-match series against the Pumas in Argentina since 1997.

BBC commentator Brian Moore, who is covering the forthcoming Lions Tour with talkSPORT, confirmed that the corporation had picked up the rights to screen the tw0-test series from the Argentine rugby board UAR.

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RUGBY UNION: Sky Sports to show RaboDirect Pro12 games from 2014/15 season

May 2, 2013

Sky Sports has signed a four-year deal to broadcast matches from the RaboDirect Pro12 for the first time, beginning in the 2014/15 season.

Featuring the top club sides from Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy, including Europe’s current number one ranked side Leinster, defending champions Ospreys and current leaders Ulster, the new non-exclusive deal will reportedly signal a boost of around 50% on existing Pro12 TV rights revenues.

Regional Pro12 broadcasters such as BBC Wales, BBC NI, BBC Alba and S4C are expected to continue screening live matches alongside Sky’s UK-wide coverage from 2014/15, ensuring the continuation of free-to-air coverage for viewers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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CYCLING: Giro d’Italia 2013 – Live on British Eurosport, Highlights on Sky Sports

April 30, 2013

As the world cycling season progresses into May the first Grand Tour of the season gets into gear as Italy plays host to 96th edition of the Giro d’Italia (May 6-24).

Sir Bradley Wiggins will be aiming to add a second Grand Tour title alongside the Tour de France crown he won last summer as he attempts to make more sporting history by becoming the first Briton to claim the coveted maglia rosa.

British Eurosport will screen daily live coverage from every stage of the 2013 Giro d’Italia, while Sky Sports will provide nighly highlights of the event for the first time this year.

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ICE HOCKEY: Premier Sports picks up 2013 IIHF World Championships rights

April 2, 2013

The IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship will be broadcast live on UK television for the first time in its history after Premier Sports agreed a deal to cover the 2013 tournament.

The subscription channel, which operates on the Sky platform, will show 20 games of the 2013 World Championships taking place in both Stockholm and Helsinki from May 3-19.

In addition, Premier Sports has acquired the rights to show all of Great Britain’s games in the second-tier IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Division I Group A, which will be played in Budapest between April 14 and 21.

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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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CYCLING: Eurosport secures four-year Giro d’Italia deal

March 4, 2013

Eurosport has announced an extension and enhancement of their long term partnership to cover all major Italian cycling races for an additional four years.

The deal covers 2013 to 2016 and involves TV and digital rights for the Giro d’Italia as well as five other major Italian races, including the Milan – Sanremo, the Giro di Lombardia and Tirreno-Adriatico.

As part of the new four-year deal, there will be extended and upgraded live production and broadcasting of the races in high-definition for the first time.

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RUGBY UNION: Sky Sports to screen Ireland, France and Italy Autumn Internationals from 2014

January 31, 2013

Sky Sports has been awarded the rights to screen all of Ireland, France and Italy’s Autumn Internationals exclusively live from 2014.

The trio of four-year agreements will more than double Sky’s live offering of international test matches, joining its existing long-term deal with the RFU for England’s QBE Internationals.

The new deal ends the BBC’s long association with Irish international rugby outside the Six Nations, but the corporation will screen Ireland’s 2013 autumn internationals in the remaining year of its existing contract.

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RUGBY UNION: RBS 6 Nations 2013 – Exclusively live on BBC Sport

January 23, 2013

BBC Sport will have extensive coverage of the 2013 RBS 6 Nations during February and March 2013 with all 15 games exclusively live on BBC TV.

The 2013 tournament concludes in grand style with the title decider in Cardiff between old foes Wales and England in front of a raucous Millenniums Stadium crowd, with the visitors looking to secure their first Grand Slam in a decade.

Wales faltered after winning the Grand Slam in 2012 with a string of defeats, but their confidence has slowly been rebuilt during this year’s Championship after three successive away victories over France, Italy and Scotland.

England travel to the Millennium Stadium aiming to secure the title against the reigning champions, with the prospect of a first Grand Slam since 2003 also on the cards.

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XMAS WATCH: BBC to replay the best sporting moments of 2012

December 17, 2012

The BBC will celebrate this extraordinary year of sport by replaying a selection of the defining sporting moments of 2012 on the Red Button over the festive period.

BBC Sport has captured the majority of the main headlines and compelling stories that have absorbed millions across the nation throughout this vintage year, including the Six Nations, Euro 2012, Wimbledon and Formula 1, with the spectacular London 2012 Olympic Games taking centre stage for 17 glorious days in the summer.

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RUGBY UNION: Rugby World Cup 2015 – Pool Stage Draw – Live on ITV4

November 27, 2012

With less than three years to go until rugby union’s greatest showpiece arrives back in England, the crucial draw for the pool stages of the 2015 Rugby World Cup takes place on Monday, December 3.

ITV4 will have live coverage of the all-important draw, which will be staged at the famous Tate Modern art gallery in London.

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FOOTBALL: BT claims more live football rights

October 29, 2012

BT has added more premium live sport to its portfolio by signing deals with a number of international football leagues.

The telecoms giant has secured exclusive UK rights to cover a host of world football’s top-flight leagues, including Italy’s Serie A, France’s Ligue 1, Major League Soccer in the United States and Brazil’s Brasileirao.

All four deals will run for multi-year periods starting from the beginning of next season.

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