DARTS: Sky Sports signs new five-year deal with PDC

March 7, 2013

Sky Sports will take its long-standing partnership with the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) into its 25th year thanks to a new five-year broadcast deal.

The agreement offers Sky Sports viewers over 50 days of live and exclusive darts throughout the year including the Ladbrokes World Darts Championship each Christmas until 2018.

As part of the deal, Sky Sports viewers will also continue to enjoy live coverage of the McCoy’s Premier League, World Grand Prix, Grand Slam of Darts, World Cup of Darts and the World Matchplay, which celebrates its 20th staging this summer.

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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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TENNIS: BT Sport secures women’s tennis rights

January 11, 2013

BT Sport has signed a four-year deal with the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) to screen 800 hours of tennis a year in the first in a host of new deals that will form part of its live sports portfolio from the summer.

The telecoms giant’s fledgling sports channel will show live matches from 21 WTA tournaments across the globe, including the season-ending showpiece, the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships.

With BT’s new sports channels set to launch in July, the remainder of the 2013 WTA season from then will be broadcast jointly by BT and previous rights-holder British Eurosport, with BT taking over exclusive rights from 2014 onwards.

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BASKETBALL: NBA returns to Sky Sports

January 7, 2013

Sky Sports will show NBA London Live 2013 as part of a new agreement to broadcast selected live games from the world’s most popular basketball league during the remainder of the current season.

Coverage returns to the broadcaster after a six-year absence and will begin with the NBA’s third regular-season game in the United Kingdom, which sees the New York Knicks take on the Detroit Pistons at London’s O2 Arena.

Sky’s NBA coverage continues with live Sunday night games for the rest of the regular season, including double-headers most weekends, followed by live NBA Playoff games, the entire Eastern Conference Finals, and every game of the NBA Finals in June.

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DARTS: BBC extends BDO World Championships TV deal until 2016

January 4, 2013

BBC Sport has extended its commitment to screen free-to-air coverage of the British Darts Organisation’s World Professional Championships until 2016.

The new deal was announced on the eve of the 2013 tournament beginning at the famous Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, and will extend the BBC’s long-standing partnership with the BDO to almost 40 years.

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FOOTBALL: BBC Alba to screen live SPL games

November 16, 2012

BBC Alba will broadcast live Scottish Premier League games for the first time after agreeing a new two-year extension to continue covering Scottish football’s top flight.

For both this season and 2013/14, the corporation’s Gaelic TV service will show three live SPL matches per season, with Gaelic language commentary, starting with Ross County against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on January 2, 2013.

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MOTORSPORT: Eurosport extends World Superbikes deal until 2015

October 29, 2012

British Eurosport will continue to televise the FIM Superbike World Championship for the next three years.

The Eurosport Group and Infront Sports & Media have extended their long-term partnership with the world’s premier superbike series for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Coverage of the support classes – the FIM Supersport World Championship and FIM Superstock 1000cc Cup – are also included as part of the deal.

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