BROADCASTING: BT acquires ESPN’s TV channels

February 25, 2013

BT Group and ESPN have agreed a multi-million pound deal that will see the telecoms giant acquire ESPN’s UK and Ireland TV channels.

Comprising of ESPN and ESPN America, BT will also take on ESPN’s current sports rights portfolio, including live FA Cup, Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League, UEFA Europa League and German Bundesliga games.

The transaction, subject to regulatory clearance, is expected to be completed at the end of July after which BT will continue to operate at least one ESPN-branded channel which is expected to form part of the BT Sport TV package that will be launched this summer.

However, ESPN’s popular archive sports channel ESPN Classic is expected to cease transmission in the UK after seven years as it not included as part of the BT/ESPN deal.

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BASKETBALL: NBA London Live 2013 – Live on Sky Sports & Sky 3D

January 15, 2013

NBA crosses the Atlantic for its third regular-season game in Europe featuring three-time NBA champions Detroit Pistons and the two-time champion New York Knicks, exclusively live on Sky Sports and Sky 3D.

The two sides heading into battle along the banks of the River Thames are among the oldest franchises in the NBA and take to the hardwood at the famous London venue for what promises to be an exhilarating evening of world-class basketball.

Sky Sports will show NBA London Live 2013 on Thursday, January 17, as part of a new agreement to screen live games during the remainder of the current season.

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CYCLING: Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Lance Armstrong to be broadcast on Discovery in the UK

January 14, 2013

Lance Armstrong will break his long silence over allegations that he cheated his way to seven Tour de France titles in his first ‘no-holds-barred’ interview with US talk-show host Oprah Winfrey.

Armstrong will address the alleged doping scandal, years of accusations of cheating and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career.

The interview will be broadcast in two parts, this first of which will air in the United States at 9pm ET on Thursday, January 17, and viewers in the UK can watch a live simulcast of the full interview on the Discovery Channel or online via Oprah.com at 2.00am GMT, early on Friday morning.

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HANDBALL: IHF Men’s World Championship 2013 – Watch online via LIVESPORT.TV

January 10, 2013

The 23rd IHF Men’s World Championship take place in Spain from January 11-27 and UK fans will be able to watch all the key games exclusively live via the online subscription service LIVESPORT.TV.

Handball’s top 24 teams from across the world will compete over 16 days to be crowned world champions, with the action starting on January 11 as hosts Spain take on Algeria.

London 2012 gold medal winners France won the last World Championship in Sweden two years ago after defeating Denmark in the final, while Spain won the bronze medal after defeating the hosts in the third place match.

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BASKETBALL: BBL Cup Final 2013 – Newcastle Eagles v Leicester Riders – Live on Sky Sports

January 10, 2013

The first piece of silverware in the 2012/13 British Basketball League season is on offer at the NIA as Newcastle Eagles face Leicester Riders in the BBL Cup final, with live coverage on Sky Sports.

Eagles will be defending the Cup they won against Plymouth Raiders last season, a success that provided the springboard for the north east club to complete a clean sweep of all four BBL titles.

Basketball fans will be treated to four quarters of stunning three-pointers and spectacular slam dunks as the country’s two in-form teams going head-to-head in front of a big crowd at the Birmingham’s National Indoor Arena on Sunday, January 13.

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REVIEW 2012: A Golden Year of Sport

December 31, 2012

Sport On The Box looks back at 2012 – A Golden Year of Sport.

It was the greatest of all years for British sport, with unparalleled success in so many fields and a home Olympics which the rest of the world hailed as one of the best ever.

The images from a memorable 2012 will linger long in the collective consciousness and SOTB reviews a year that was sprinkled gold by so many unforgetable TV moments.

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BOXING: ESPN to screen Wladimir Klitschko world title defence

November 1, 2012

Wladimir Klitschko’s defence of his world heavyweight title against Mariusz Wach will be shown live in the UK after ESPN agreed a deal to broadcast the fight.

Klitschko is looking to extend his eight-year winning streak when he takes on the unbeaten Polish giant in Hamburg on Saturday, November 10.

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CYCLING: The World According to Lance – UK premiere on ESPN

October 29, 2012

ESPN will broadcast the UK premiere of the exposé documentary into Lance Armstrong on Friday, November 2.

The World According To Lance investigates one of the biggest scandals in the history of sport, detailing the case against the American cyclist, who has been accused of employing illegal doping to enhance his athletic performances.

Australian journalist Quentin McDermott reviews the allegations against the Texan, featuring evidence from key players in the USADA investigation, including friends, teammates and some of cycling’s most influential players.

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HANDBALL: Premier Sports to broadcast EHF Champions League

October 4, 2012

Premier Sports has signed an agreement with the European Handball Federation (EHF) to broadcast this season’s Champions League competition to UK viewers.

The channel will show one match live or delayed in full every week from Europe’s premier club handball tournament, as well as an EHF-produced magazine and highlights show ‘Rewind – The Handball Show’ on Monday evenings.

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RUGBY UNION: Sky Sports announces new four-year European rugby deal

September 12, 2012

Sky Sports has announced a new four-year deal with the ERC for exclusive live coverage of the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup.

The extended contract starts in the autumn of 2014, and will extend the long-standing relationship with the ERC to the end of the 2017/2018 season, a 15th year.

ERC’s new deal with Sky comes on the same day that BT won exclusive rights to screen Aviva Premiership matches from 2013, as well as selected matches from European competitions involving English clubs from 2014, but this part of the agreement has been questioned by the ERC who claim that it breaches International Rugby Board (IRB) regulations.

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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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