CRICKET: ICC Champions Trophy 2013 – Exclusively live on Sky Sports

June 1, 2013

The eight best teams in international one-day cricket compete for the last-ever ICC Champions Trophy this summer with all the action only on Sky Sports.

Ahead of their Ashes visit later this summer, Australia will be aiming to claim their third consecutive Champions Trophy title in a row having won the competition in convincing fashion four years ago in South Africa and in India back in 2006.

They will face fierce competition from India, the number one ranked side in the world and current World Cup holders, hosts England, led by captain Alastair Cook, and a strong South African side.

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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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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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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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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: Gareth Bale to help promote BT Sport

March 26, 2013

Tottenham and Wales star Gareth Bale will be at the forefront of BT’s marketing campaigns to help promote its new sports channels that launch in the summer.

Currently one of the hottest names in the Premier League, the 23-year old will feature in an extensive TV advertising campaign to promote the launch of the new BT Sport channels – which will be the home of 38 exclusively live Premier League games from this August.

Bale will also regularly appear as a guest on various BT Sport programmes, including some punditry work on live games.

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FOOTBALL: S4C to show Grimsby v Wrexham live in FA Trophy Final

March 23, 2013

S4C has secured a last-minute deal to broadcast the 2013 FA Trophy Final between Grimsby Town and Wrexham live from Wembley Stadium.

Due to travel problems caused by the bad weather, the Welsh-language broadcaster asked the FA, Wrexham and Grimsby to reconsider a bid to broadcast the game live.

All three parties agreed to the bid and the game will be shown on S4C on Sunday, March 24, with coverage beginning at 2.45pm ahead of a 3.00pm kick-off.

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