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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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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DARTS: Betfair World Cup of Darts 2013 – Live on Sky Sports

January 29, 2013

Take your place as the arrows fly once again at the Alsterdorfer Sporthalle in Hamburg for the 2013 PDC World Cup of Darts.

The top two throwers from 24 nations will step up to the oche to battle in straight knockout competition and Sky Sports will show all three days of the £150,000 event exclusively live.

England’s pairing of Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis lifted the title in 2012 after defeating Australian duo Simon Whitlock and Paul Nicholson in a breathtaking final.

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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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FOOTBALL: Gary Speed tribute on S4C

December 20, 2012

A moving documentary about the life and legacy of the late Gary Speed will be broadcast by S4C on Thursday, December 27 at 8.25pm.

Presented by his former Wales team-mate John Hartson, the programme is the first detailed portrait to be broadcast on television with the full co-operation of Gary’s family.

The documentary will examine the personal qualities that made Gary so highly regarded and universally admired by those from inside and outside the game.

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