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For other uses, see Sky Sport (disambiguation). Sky Sports_sentence_0

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Sky SportsSky Sports_table_caption_0
Broadcast areaSky Sports_header_cell_0_0_0 United Kingdom

IrelandSky Sports_cell_0_0_1

SloganSky Sports_header_cell_0_1_0 Feel it allSky Sports_cell_0_1_1
ProgrammingSky Sports_header_cell_0_2_0
Picture formatSky Sports_header_cell_0_3_0 1080i HDTV

(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)Sky Sports_cell_0_3_1

OwnershipSky Sports_header_cell_0_4_0
OwnerSky Sports_header_cell_0_5_0 Sky Group (Comcast)Sky Sports_cell_0_5_1
Sister channelsSky Sports_header_cell_0_6_0 Blaze

Challenge Crime & Investigation Lifetime Pick Sky One Sky Arts Sky Atlantic Sky Cinema Sky Comedy Sky Crime Sky Documentaries Sky History Sky History 2 Sky Nature Sky News Sky Replay Sky Sports Box Office Sky Sports F1 Sky Sports News Sky Sports Racing Sky WitnessSky Sports_cell_0_6_1

HistorySky Sports_header_cell_0_7_0
LaunchedSky Sports_header_cell_0_8_0 25 March 1990; 30 years ago (25 March 1990)Sky Sports_cell_0_8_1
Former namesSky Sports_header_cell_0_9_0 The Sports Channel (1990–1991)Sky Sports_cell_0_9_1
LinksSky Sports_header_cell_0_10_0
WebsiteSky Sports_header_cell_0_11_0 Sky Sports_cell_0_11_1
AvailabilitySky Sports_header_cell_0_12_0
CableSky Sports_header_cell_0_13_0
Virgin MediaSky Sports_header_cell_0_14_0 Channels 501–510, 535 (HD)

Channels 511–520Sky Sports_cell_0_14_1

Virgin Media IrelandSky Sports_header_cell_0_15_0 Channels 401–409, 418 (SD)

Channels 431–439 (HD)Sky Sports_cell_0_15_1

SatelliteSky Sports_header_cell_0_16_0
SkySky Sports_header_cell_0_17_0 Channels 401–409, 415–416 (HD)

Channels 855–863, 888, 895 (SD)Sky Sports_cell_0_17_1

IPTVSky Sports_header_cell_0_18_0
TalkTalk TVSky Sports_header_cell_0_19_0 Channels 401–407, 417–418Sky Sports_cell_0_19_1
BT TVSky Sports_header_cell_0_20_0 Channel 402 (Main Event)

Channel 416 (Extra) Channel 437 (Main Event HD) Channel 438 (Extra HD)Sky Sports_cell_0_20_1

BT TV (via Now TV)Sky Sports_header_cell_0_21_0 Channels 419–429

Channels 439–449 (HD)Sky Sports_cell_0_21_1

Eir VisionSky Sports_header_cell_0_22_0 Channels 401–405, 415–418Sky Sports_cell_0_22_1
Streaming mediaSky Sports_header_cell_0_23_0
Sky GoSky Sports_header_cell_0_24_0 (UK and Ireland only)Sky Sports_cell_0_24_1
Now TVSky Sports_header_cell_0_25_0 (UK and Ireland only)Sky Sports_cell_0_25_1
Virgin TV GoSky Sports_header_cell_0_26_0 (UK only)Sky Sports_cell_0_26_1

Sky Sports is a group of British subscription television sports channels operated by the satellite pay-TV company Sky, a division of Comcast. Sky Sports_sentence_1

Sky Sports is the dominant subscription television sports brand in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Sky Sports_sentence_2

It has played a major role in the increased commercialisation of British sport since 1991, sometimes playing a large role in inducing organisational changes in the sports it broadcasts, most notably when it encouraged the Premier League to break away from the Football League in 1992. Sky Sports_sentence_3

Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League, Football, Cricket, Golf, F1, Action, and Arena are available as a premium package on top of the basic Sky package. Sky Sports_sentence_4

These channels are also available as premium channels on nearly every satellite, cable and IPTV broadcasting system in the UK and Ireland. Sky Sports_sentence_5

Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Racing, and Sky Sports Mix are all provided as part of basic packages. Sky Sports_sentence_6

The Sky Sports network is managed by Rob Webster. Sky Sports_sentence_7

History Sky Sports_section_0

Further information: Timeline of Sky Sports Sky Sports_sentence_8

1989-1991: Predecessors Sky Sports_section_1

British Satellite Broadcasting operated The Sports Channel, which launched on 25 March 1990. Sky Sports_sentence_9

In the BSB years, it shared the same frequency with its underpromoted sister channel, The Computer Channel, which broadcast in the mornings when the Sports Channel was off-air. Sky Sports_sentence_10

On 2 November 1990, BSB merged with Sky Television plc to form British Sky Broadcasting. Sky Sports_sentence_11

In 1989, Sky Television had co-founded another sports network, Eurosport, with the European Broadcasting Union. Sky Sports_sentence_12

However in 1991, Eurosport was the subject of a complaint by a competitor, Screensport, who argued that the venture had the effect of restricting and distorting competition in the sports market. Sky Sports_sentence_13

and Sky pulled out of the venture. Sky Sports_sentence_14

Later in 1991, the channel was sold to the TF1 Group and merged with Screensport. Sky Sports_sentence_15

1991-1998: Beginnings Sky Sports_section_2

The Sports Channel was renamed Sky Sports on 20 April 1991, and began broadcasting to Sky viewers via the newly launched Astra 1B satellite on that date, alongside its existing transmissions on BSB's Marcopolo satellite. Sky Sports_sentence_16

The channel was sold as one of the major draws of the Sky system and initially aired sports such as rugby and golf before acquiring rights to German and Italian league football (both previously carried over from the Sports Channel). Sky Sports_sentence_17

The channel was initially encrypted but broadcast free-to-view, requiring an analogue VideoCrypt decoder, but no paid subscription, to be viewed. Sky Sports_sentence_18

Since VideoCrypt decoders were only officially available within the United Kingdom, this measure was intended to prevent viewing of the service outside the United Kingdom and Ireland. Sky Sports_sentence_19

However, it was following the formation of the Premier League for the 1992/93 football season, believed to have been assisted by the promise of higher television payments, that Sky Sports became well known. Sky Sports_sentence_20

By bidding £304m, BSkyB beat the BBC and ITV to acquire the live and exclusive Premier League football broadcasting rights for the United Kingdom and Ireland for a five-year period. Sky Sports_sentence_21

In doing so, they had taken live top-flight English league football from terrestrial and free-to-air television for the first time ever. Sky Sports_sentence_22

At this point, on 1 September 1992, Sky Sports became a monthly subscription channel and was sold either on a standalone basis, or at a reduced price if taken with Sky's movie channels. Sky Sports_sentence_23

On 19 August 1994, a secondary channel called Sky Sports 2 was launched often used at weekends. Sky Sports_sentence_24

On 1 November 1995, Sky launched a classic sports channel called Sky Sports Gold, however the channel ceased broadcasting after only a year on the air. Sky Sports_sentence_25

On 16 August 1996, Sky launched Sky Sports 3, the original channel was renamed to Sky Sports 1. Sky Sports_sentence_26

Sky Sports also acquired the rights to Scottish football and the League Cup. Sky Sports_sentence_27

On 1 September 1997, Sky Sports 2 became a full-time service. Sky Sports_sentence_28

1998-2017: Digital era Sky Sports_section_3

With the launch of the Sky Digital satellite platform on 1 October 1998, Sky Sports launched Sky Sports News, a channel carrying rolling sports news coverage, followed by Sky Sports Xtra (later branded as Sky Sports 4 since 2010, then Sky Sports Golf since 2017) in August 1999. Sky Sports_sentence_29

During a Premier League match on 22 August 1999, Sky Sports launched an interactive television service known as Sky Sports Active via the digital platform, allowing viewers to watch matches with access to additional on-screen statistics, and a choice of alternate camera angles and replays. Sky Sports_sentence_30

Sky expected to extend the interactive services to other sports the following year. Sky Sports_sentence_31

Sky Sports' football coverage was at the centre of controversy in January 2011 when footage emerged of presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys making comments perceived as sexist. Sky Sports_sentence_32

On 25 January 2011, Gray was sacked over the comments. Sky Sports_sentence_33

On 25 January 2011, fellow reporter Andy Burton was suspended by Sky due to his involvement in the sexist comments made about a female assistant referee, Sian Massey, which also involved Gray and Keys. Sky Sports_sentence_34

However, unlike Gray and Keys, Burton later returned to his regular duties at Sky. Sky Sports_sentence_35

Om 29 July 2011, it was announced that Sky Sports had acquired rights to Formula One racing from 2012 through 2018, with the BBC to share free-to-air rights to roughly half of the events, and have highlights rights for the remainder. Sky Sports_sentence_36

Sky subsequently announced that it would introduce a new channel dedicated specifically to its coverage, Sky Sports F1, which would air practices, qualifying, and advert-free coverage of each race; the channel was made available at no extra charge to all Sky high-definition subscribers, regardless of whether they were a Sky Sports subscriber. Sky Sports_sentence_37

Sky extended its contract in 2016, to last through 2024; beginning in 2019, Sky became the exclusive broadcaster of all F1 races excluding the British GP which will also be broadcast on the free to air Channel 4 (who also hold highlights rights for all the races). Sky Sports_sentence_38

On 12 August 2014, Sky launched a new channel called Sky Sports 5, which would be dedicated primarily to European football, including UEFA European Championship qualifiers, La Liga, Eredivisie and others. Sky Sports_sentence_39

On 24 August 2016, Sky launched Sky Sports Mix, a new channel designed to offer a sampling of content from the full range of Sky Sports networks to those who are not subscribers. Sky Sports_sentence_40

On Sky, the channel is included as a basic channel with all plans, and was also available on certain Virgin Media packages on-launch. Sky Sports_sentence_41

2017-present: Channel re-alignment and expansion Sky Sports_section_4

On 18 July 2017, Sky re-aligned its sports channels, dropping the numbered services in favour of dedicated channels devoted to their core sports properties, including cricket, Formula One, golf, and two football channels (with one specifically dedicated to the Premier League), and three channels dedicated to general sports coverage. Sky Sports_sentence_42

In addition, Sky announced that it would revise the pricing structure of the channels to make them more attractive to viewers; Sky customers can purchase up to three of the channels on an a la carte basis, or the entire bundle. Sky Sports_sentence_43

As before, Sky Sports Mix airs selected programming from across the channels, and is included in Sky's basic service. Sky Sports_sentence_44

On Sky's Now TV service, the entire Sky Sports service continues to be available through the timed pass system. Sky Sports_sentence_45

The availability and packaging of the new service varies on other providers. Sky Sports_sentence_46

The American NBC Sports division became a sibling of Sky Sports following Comcast's acquisition of Sky plc. Sky Sports_sentence_47

On 29 January 2019, Sky and sister American pay television network NBCSN partnered on coverage of the transfer deadline (NBC holds the Premier League rights in America), and the network later announced that it would add an hour-long simulcast of the Sky Sports News channel to its weekday morning lineup beginning 4 March. Sky Sports_sentence_48

For the PGA Tour's 2019 Players Championship, Sky Sports Golf trialled similar synergies with its new sister Golf Channel, For the 2019–20 season, NBC began more extensive on-air integration of Sky Sports resources into its American coverage of the premiership, including adding Sky's studio programmes to its "Premier League Pass" subscription service, adoption of on-air presentation reminiscent of Sky, and originating coverage from Sky's studio during the opening weekend. Sky Sports_sentence_49

Channels Sky Sports_section_5

Eleven main channels comprise the Sky Sports service: Sky Sports_sentence_50

Sky Sports_table_general_1

NameSky Sports_header_cell_1_0_0 ContentSky Sports_header_cell_1_0_1
Sky Sports Main EventSky Sports_cell_1_1_0 Airs major events as Sky Sports' flagship channel like football, boxing, cricket, rugby, Formula 1, etc. When not showing a live event the channel simulcasts Sky Sports News.Sky Sports_cell_1_1_1
Sky Sports Premier LeagueSky Sports_cell_1_2_0 Dedicated exclusively to the Premier League, including live coverage of matches, and other ancillary coverage and documentaries.Sky Sports_cell_1_2_1
Sky Sports FootballSky Sports_cell_1_3_0 Dedicated to association football coverage of non-Premier League matches.Sky Sports_cell_1_3_1
Sky Sports CricketSky Sports_cell_1_4_0 Dedicated to cricket coverage, including domestic and international competition.Sky Sports_cell_1_4_1
Sky Sports GolfSky Sports_cell_1_5_0 Dedicated to golf coverage. As with the former Sky Sports 4.Sky Sports_cell_1_5_1
Sky Sports F1Sky Sports_cell_1_6_0 Dedicated to coverage of Formula One racing as well as Formula 2, Formula 3 and the IndyCar Series.Sky Sports_cell_1_6_1
Sky Sports ActionSky Sports_cell_1_7_0 Dedicated to general sports coverage, including rugby, netball, the NFL and the NBA.Sky Sports_cell_1_7_1
Sky Sports ArenaSky Sports_cell_1_8_0 Dedicated to general sports coverage, including Super League, darts and boxing.Sky Sports_cell_1_8_1
Sky Sports RacingSky Sports_cell_1_9_0 Available with Sky's basic TV package (Sky Signature). Dedicated to coverage of horse racing.Sky Sports_cell_1_9_1
Sky Sports MixSky Sports_cell_1_10_0 Available with Sky's basic TV package (Sky Signature). Airs a mix of live sports and supplementary programming from across the network.Sky Sports_cell_1_10_1
Sky Sports NewsSky Sports_cell_1_11_0 Available with Sky's basic TV package (Sky Signature). Provides latest news and updates from across all sports.Sky Sports_cell_1_11_1

In addition to Sky Sports Main Event, BT TV customers receive a channel named Sky Sports Extra which broadcasts Premier League games that are not shown on Main Event. Sky Sports_sentence_51

Temporary channels Sky Sports_section_6

Sky occasionally gives one of their channels a temporary rebrand to coincide with a sports event. Sky Sports_sentence_52

Examples of this include: Sky Sports_sentence_53

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  • Sky Sports Ashes: To coincide with the 2013 Ashes series, Sky Sports 2 was renamed as Sky Sports Ashes on 30 June until 31 August 2013. As well as covering the Ashes, the dedicated cricket channel also featured the Women's Ashes, domestic cricket and various magazine and review shows. The practice was repeated for the 2015 Ashes series and also for the 2019 Ashes series.Sky Sports_item_0_0
  • Sky Sports Ryder Cup: From 18 September to 2 October 2014, Sky rebranded Sky Sports 4 as Sky Sports Ryder Cup. The channel was dedicated to the coverage of the 2014 Ryder Cup, from Gleneagles. It repeated from 26 September to 5 October 2016 for the Ryder Cup for that year. In 2018, Sky Sports Golf was rebranded to Sky Sports Ryder Cup to bring coverage of the 2018 tournament.Sky Sports_item_0_1
  • Sky Sports Darts: In recent years Sky Sports has launched Sky Sports Darts for the duration of the PDC World Darts Championship. The channel mixes live coverage with replays of the most recent sessions and classic moments from the tournament's history. Sky Sports Darts was first seen for the 2015 William Hill World Darts Championship as a rebrand of Sky Sports 3, and it returned on 14 December 2015 however, Sky Sports F1 was temporarily renamed Sky Sports Darts until 5 January 2016. For the 2017 event it was Sky Sports 3 that was rebranded. From 14 December 2017 until 3 January 2018 and from 13 December 2018 until 2 January 2019, Sky Sports Arena was rebranded as Sky Sports Darts to coincide with the 2018, 2019 and 2020 events respectively.Sky Sports_item_0_2
  • Sky Sports World Cup: From 14 February to 29 March 2015, Sky rebranded Sky Sports 2 as Sky Sports World Cup. The channel was dedicated to the coverage of the 2015 Cricket World Cup, from Australia and New Zealand.Sky Sports_item_0_3
  • Sky Sports The Open: During their first live broadcast of golf's Open Championship, from 11 to 18 July 2016, Sky Sports 1 rebranded as Sky Sports The Open. From 17 to 24 July 2017, Sky Sports 4 was rebranded Sky Sports The Open, and would be replaced by Sky Sports 4's replacement, Sky Sports Golf. Sky Sports The Open returned in 2018 between 16 and 23 July.Sky Sports_item_0_4
  • Sky Sports The Players: From 8 May to 14 May 2017, Sky rebranded Sky Sports 4 as Sky Sports The Players. The channel was dedicated to the coverage of the 2017 Players Championship. This was repeated on Sky Sports Golf for the 2018 and 2019 competitions, and also the 2020 competition prior to it being cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Sky Sports_item_0_5
  • Sky Sports US Open: From 11 to 19 June 2018, Sky rebranded Sky Sports Golf as Sky Sports US Open, dedicated to the coverage of the 2018 US Open.Sky Sports_item_0_6
  • Sky Sports USA: From 3 January to 5 February 2019, Sky Sports Action was rebranded as Sky Sports USA, with a focus on the National Football League (highlighted by the playoffs leading up to Super Bowl LIII) and National Basketball Association coverage (highlighted by the NBA Global Games series at The O2 Arena in London), as well as shoulder and archive programmes.Sky Sports_item_0_7
  • Sky Sports Cricket World Cup: From 31 May 2019 to 14 July 2019, Sky Sports Cricket was rebranded as Sky Sports Cricket World Cup. The channel was dedicated to the coverage of the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.Sky Sports_item_0_8
  • Sky Sports Netball: From July 2019 to August 2019, Sky Sports Mix was rebranded as Sky Sports Netball. The channel was dedicated to coverage of the 2019 Netball World Cup.Sky Sports_item_0_9
  • Sky Sports NFL: In August 2020, to mark the 25th anniversary of its broadcast rights to the NFL, it was announced under a five-year deal that Sky Sports Action would be rebranded annually as Sky Sports NFL, lasting from early-September through the Super Bowl in February. It was stated that at least five games per-week would air on the channel, including all Monday Night Football and Thursday Night Football games.Sky Sports_item_0_10

Sky Sports Racing Sky Sports_section_7

Main article: Sky Sports Racing Sky Sports_sentence_54

Sky Sports Racing is the only Sky Sports channel not wholly owned by Sky, although Sky purchased majority control of it in 2017. Sky Sports_sentence_55

The channel was founded in 2000 as At The Races by the Go Racing consortium, a partnership of Channel 4, Sky and Arena Leisure plc (owner of Ascot Racecourse, and acting on behalf of a further 27 out of the 59 UK racecourses) in July 2004. Sky Sports_sentence_56

Following its high-profile collapse (and Channel 4 removing itself from the consortium) the channel – now purely a joint venture between Sky plc and Arena Leisure – focuses on horse racing from the UK, Ireland, North America and Germany, showing many live races and related shows. Sky Sports_sentence_57

The station is "affiliated" with various betting companies, since gamblers are generally the sport's main audience, and its pictures, provided by satellite link provider SIS, are also commercially distributed to betting shops across the country. Sky Sports_sentence_58

On 1 January 2019, At The Races relaunched as Sky Sports Racing; the relaunch includes wider availability and heavier integration with the remaining Sky Sports channels, the relocation of production facilities to Sky Campus in Isleworth from their former base at SIS's facilities in Milton Keynes, and availability in high definition. Sky Sports_sentence_59

The network also acquired rights to fixtures from the Ascot Racecourse. Sky Sports_sentence_60

Defunct channels Sky Sports_section_8

PremPlus Sky Sports_section_9

Main article: PremPlus Sky Sports_sentence_61

PremPlus was a pay-per-view channel dedicated to airing live Premier League Football. Sky Sports_sentence_62

PremPlus launched on 18 August 2001, showing 40 pay-per-view Premier League matches. Sky Sports_sentence_63

The main presenter on PremPlus was Marcus Buckland with former Arsenal manager George Graham providing punditry. Sky Sports_sentence_64

The channel was called Premiership Plus from 2001 to 2004, before being shortened to the later PremPlus for the beginning of the 2004–05 season. Sky Sports_sentence_65

PremPlus closed down after the last match of the 2006–07 season after Setanta Sports obtained a third of the Premier League rights for 2007–10 This left Sky with only 92 live matches, meaning a Pay-Per-View service was unsustainable. Sky Sports_sentence_66

An internet television service named Now TV was launched in 2012 offering a non-contract subscription to Sky Sports thus making the service a part spiritual successor to PremPlus. Sky Sports_sentence_67

Sky Sports News Radio Sky Sports_section_10

Main article: Sky Sports News Radio Sky Sports_sentence_68

Sky Sports News Radio was a British online radio station broadcasting sports news, results and information 24 hours a day. Sky Sports_sentence_69

It was a sister service to the television channel Sky Sports News HQ. Sky Sports_sentence_70

The station was launched in June 2010 and broadcasts online and via digital platforms from the Teamtalk studios in Leeds. Sky Sports_sentence_71

It originally broadcast from 08:00 to 18:00 only, expanding to a full 24-hour schedule in August 2010 to coincide with the start of the 2010–11 football season. Sky Sports_sentence_72

The station was initially only available to Sky Sports subscribers, but became free to all listeners when its sister TV channel was removed from Freeview. Sky Sports_sentence_73

The station can also be listened to via the Sky Sports Apps and third party platforms such as TuneIn Radio and The Pure Lounge. Sky Sports_sentence_74

News reports were sourced from the Sky Sports News newsroom, Sky News Radio and information was shared with SkySports.com, based in the same office. Sky Sports_sentence_75

The station's managing editor was Mark Chesworth. Sky Sports_sentence_76

The station closed in September 2014. Sky Sports_sentence_77

Technological advances Sky Sports_section_11

Sky Sports channels in HD Sky Sports_section_12

Sky Sports Main Event HD launched on 22 May 2006 as Sky Sports HD, and airs live all sports screened in HD like cricket, Premier League and English Football League as well as English Premiership, Super League Rugby and among others. Sky Sports_sentence_78

The 2008 Ryder Cup was also screened in HD. Sky Sports_sentence_79

In July 2006, Sky Sports HD2 launched on Sky channel 409, at the same time, the original HD channel was renamed Sky Sports HD1 and moved to channel 408, with Sky Sports News switching to channel 405. Sky Sports_sentence_80

There was also a HD version of PremPlus, called PremPlus HD, which broadcast on Sky channel 483 until the football season ended. Sky Sports_sentence_81

It was briefly branded Sky Sports HDX and used to broadcast other Sky Sports content in HD, before it ceased broadcasting. Sky Sports_sentence_82

HD broadcasts of rugby league's Super League began from the start of the 2007 season in February 2007. Sky Sports_sentence_83

Super Bowl XLI marked the first NFL broadcast in HD in the UK; additional NFL games in HD have since been phased in. Sky Sports_sentence_84

Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, Thanksgiving Day games and the NFL Playoffs were shown in HD from 2008. Sky Sports_sentence_85

Sky Sports HD3 launched on 17 March 2008, to coincide with WWE's first UK HD broadcast. Sky Sports_sentence_86

The channel broadcasts a large quantity of WWE and golf. Sky Sports_sentence_87

Sky Sports HD4 launched on 29 April 2010. Sky Sports_sentence_88

Due to an Ofcom review of premium services, Sky Sports HD1 and HD2 launched on the Virgin Media platform on 2 August 2010. Sky Sports_sentence_89

This marked the first time that Sky's HD programming was shown via a rival service. Sky Sports_sentence_90

Smallworld Cable added Sky Sports HD1 and HD2 in the first quarter of 2012. Sky Sports_sentence_91

UPC Ireland added Sky Sports 1 HD and 2 HD along with Sky Sports News HD on 16 August 2012. Sky Sports_sentence_92

Sky Sports News HD launched on 23 August 2010. Sky Sports_sentence_93

It was rebranded as Sky Sports News HQ HD on 12 August 2014 along with the standard channel. Sky Sports_sentence_94

On 1 March 2012, the HD channels were given a minor rebrand, with the 'HD' moving to the end of the channel names, for example Sky Sports 1 HD instead of Sky Sports HD1. Sky Sports_sentence_95

Sky Sports F1 HD launched on 9 March 2012. Sky Sports_sentence_96

Sky Sports 2 HD was also rebranded to 'Sky Sports Ashes HD' in the same move used for the standard channel on 30 June until 31 August 2013. Sky Sports_sentence_97

Sky Sports 4 HD was also rebranded to 'Sky Sports Ryder Cup HD' in the same move used for the standard channel on 18 September 2014 until 2 October 2014. Sky Sports_sentence_98

Sky Sports 3 HD, Sky Sports 4 HD and Sky Sports F1 HD launched on Virgin Media on 15 July 2014. Sky Sports_sentence_99

Sky Sports 5 HD launched on 12 August 2014 as well as being added on Virgin Media. Sky Sports_sentence_100

Sky Sports 3, 4 and 5 HD launched on Virgin Media Ireland on 15 October 2014. Sky Sports_sentence_101

On 1 January 2015, Sky Sports News HQ HD, along with Sky News HD were added on Virgin. Sky Sports_sentence_102

Sky 3D Sky Sports_section_13

Main article: Sky 3D Sky Sports_sentence_103

Sky Sports has made a number of high-profile sports broadcasts available on its 3D television service. Sky Sports_sentence_104

The first sports broadcast on Sky 3D was the Manchester United vs. Chelsea Premier League game on 3 April 2010. Sky Sports_sentence_105

But as of 25 September 2014 future of Sky 3D looked in serious doubt as Sky announced they will not be airing a Premier League game for the 2014–15 season. Sky Sports_sentence_106

The channel closed on 9 June 2015. Sky Sports_sentence_107

3D broadcasting tests Sky Sports_section_14

On 31 January 2010, the match between Arsenal and Manchester United was shown in 3D in around 30 pubs around the UK. Sky Sports_sentence_108

The special glasses were seen being tried by Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger, and the commentators and the studio presenters mentioned of this being a world premiere live sports 3D presentation several times. Sky Sports_sentence_109

4K UHD Sky Sports_section_15

On 13 August 2016. Sky Sports_sentence_110

Selected Sky Sports events became available to watch in UHD for the first time. Sky Sports_sentence_111

124 Premier League matches were broadcast in the 2016–17 season along with every race, qualifying session and practice in the 2017 Formula One season and England cricket's Test match series against South Africa in summer 2017. Sky Sports_sentence_112

Customers need to be Sky Q 2TB multiscreen customers who subscribe to Sky Sports pack in order to receive UHD broadcasts. Sky Sports_sentence_113

4K broadcasting tests Sky Sports_section_16

It was widely reported that Sky used the West Ham United v Stoke City Premier League game on 31 August 2013 as an internal production test for broadcasting 4K / Ultra HD picture. Sky Sports_sentence_114

In the "Sky Views Blog", Barney Francis, managing director Sky Sports stated that, although it was only viewed internally, the test has been key in helping Sky evaluate whether it will start broadcasting in 4K. Sky Sports_sentence_115

"We saw enough in this test event to know that live sport in UHD has real potential. Sky Sports_sentence_116

The broadcast also demonstrated the capability of our satellite platform, which is ideally placed to continue supporting high-bandwidth video." Sky Sports_sentence_117

"That said, we've still much more to learn, particularly about how to make full use of UHD from a live production perspective." Sky Sports_sentence_118

Sky later tested 4K by broadcasting a whole week of Ryder Cup in 4K format. Sky Sports_sentence_119

It was later reported that Sky would launch their own 4K set top box to broadcast sporting events in mid-end of 2015. Sky Sports_sentence_120

Programming Sky Sports_section_17

Sky owns exclusive UK and Ireland, or UK-only exclusivity rights to a number of sports, most notably the ones listed below. Sky Sports_sentence_121

They also transmit a large range of other sports. Sky Sports_sentence_122

Some of the BSB's Sport Channel programming were the FA Cup, US Open tennis, and American football from the NFL. Sky Sports_sentence_123

Many of the BSB Sport Channel's rights packages, such as those for the FA Cup, Wimbledon and Test cricket, were acquired in tandem with the BBC. Sky Sports_sentence_124

Football Sky Sports_section_18

Premier League Sky Sports_section_19

Sky Sports will show 155 live Premier League matches this season. Sky Sports_sentence_125

These games are played on Friday nights, Saturday evenings and nights, Sundays and Monday nights, for which Sky broadcasts the dedicated programmes Friday Night Football (FNF), Saturday Night Football (SNF), Renault Super Sunday and Monday Night Football (MNF). Sky Sports_sentence_126

Games that Sky Sports broadcast outside these time slots have the programme title, Premier League Live. Sky Sports_sentence_127

David Jones is the presenter of Super Sunday and Monday Night Football and Kelly Cates is the presenter of Friday Night Football and Saturday Night Football. Sky Sports_sentence_128

Both presenters take it in turns to present Premier League Live. Sky Sports_sentence_129

The main studio pundits include Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp, Graeme Souness, Roy Keane, Micah Richards and Patrice Evra. Sky Sports_sentence_130

Sky Sports' lead commentators include Martin Tyler, Rob Hawthorne, Bill Leslie and occasionally, Ian Crocker, while co-commentary is regularly provided by Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Alan Smith and Andy Hinchcliffe. Sky Sports_sentence_131

Sky Sports usually utilise a standard 2-person commentary team across the Premier League coverage, however, on bigger games, a 3-person commentary team of Martin Tyler, Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher is used. Sky Sports_sentence_132

Geoff Shreeves, Patrick Davison, Greg Whelan and Laura Woods are the main reporters on the Premier League coverage. Sky Sports_sentence_133

Woods also presents from pitch-side from the ground at which the earlier game is held on Super Sunday coverage. Sky Sports_sentence_134

Game of the Day/Match Choice Sky Sports_section_20

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  • Game of the Day: On-air at 8:30 p.m. every Saturday evening with the full 90 minutes of a match selected from the day's 3:00 pm kick-offs.Sky Sports_item_1_11
  • Match Choice: On-air at 10:30 p.m. every Saturday with a choice of extended highlights of every Premier League game played that day except matches shown live on BT Sport. Viewers on the Sky Digital and Virgin Media platforms can choose extended highlights of up to eight games. Viewers who do not use the interactive service will see 30 minutes of highlights from one match.Sky Sports_item_1_12

The lead commentators that appear on Game of the Day and Match Choice, include, Gary Taphouse, Tony Jones, David Stowell, Ian Crocker, Guy Havord, Rob Palmer, Jonathan Beck and Phil Blacker. Sky Sports_sentence_135

On midweek matchdays, Martin Tyler, Rob Hawthorne, Bill Leslie and Daniel Mann feature on these games too. Sky Sports_sentence_136

Whilst the co-commentators include, Tony Gale, Keith Andrews, Andy Walker, Garry Birtles, Davie Provan, Don Goodman, Danny Higginbotham, David Phillips, Danny Gabbidon, Terry Gibson, Iain Dowie and Efan Ekoku. Sky Sports_sentence_137

These are the same feeds as IMG use for the Premier League Productions World Feed to broadcast to international audiences. Sky Sports_sentence_138

Games that air on BT Sport, that Sky Sports show highlights clips of, across their digital and interactive platforms, feature Premier League Productions World Feed commentary from the likes of Peter Drury, Jim Proudfoot, Joe Speight and Ian Darke, alongside Jim Beglin, Andy Townsend, Matt Holland, Kevin Kilbane, David Prutton, Clive Allen, Danny Higginbotham, Matthew Upson, Steve Sidwell, Leon Osman. Sky Sports_sentence_139

English Football League Sky Sports_section_21

Sky Sports broadcasts exclusive live coverage of the English Football League and EFL Cup. Sky Sports_sentence_140

Sky show a total of 148 matches each season, up to 2023–24 from the Championship, League One, League Two, EFL Cup and EFL Trophy. Sky Sports_sentence_141

David Prutton and Caroline Barker are the presenters of the EFL coverage. Sky Sports_sentence_142

Gary Weaver, Daniel Mann, Alan Parry, David Stowell, Ian Crocker and Rob Palmer are the main commentators. Sky Sports_sentence_143

The main studio pundits and co-commentators include Andy Hinchcliffe, Keith Andrews, Danny Higginbotham, Don Goodman and Lee Hendrie. Sky Sports_sentence_144

Freelance pundits, Clinton Morrison and Danny Gabbidon also occasionally appear in the studio and in co-commentary respectively. Sky Sports_sentence_145

Caroline Barker, Jonathan Oakes, David Craig and Guy Havord are the reporters. Sky Sports_sentence_146

As of the 2018/2019 season, Sky gained rights to show all midweek Championship fixtures across interactive and digital platforms. Sky Sports_sentence_147

This means that whilst one game is being shown on the main channel, Sky Sports Football, alternative channel, Sky Sports Action, the red button and the Sky Sports app shows coverage of numerous other games on at the same time, with commentary. Sky Sports_sentence_148

Commentators of these games include, Guy Havord, Andy Bishop, Rob Palmer, Ian Crocker, Gary Taphouse, David Stowell and Phil Blacker with former La Liga commentators, Kevin Keatings, Jon Driscoll and Dominic Johnson also commentating. Sky Sports_sentence_149

Tony Gale, Lee Hendrie and Danny Gabbidon provide co-commentary on these games. Sky Sports_sentence_150

EFL Cup Sky Sports_section_22

Sky Sports broadcast two matches live per round in the EFL Cup, the two-legged semi-finals and the final; a total of 15 live games per season. Sky Sports_sentence_151

The contract also allows Sky Sports to broadcast the semi-finals and final of the EFL Trophy. Sky Sports_sentence_152

Laura Woods is the main host of EFL Cup games. Sky Sports_sentence_153

Punditry is provided by select guests associated with the clubs involved, but in the latter stages of the competition, pundits from the Premier League output are used on coverage too. Sky Sports_sentence_154

Martin Tyler, Rob Hawthorne, Bill Leslie, Gary Weaver, Alan Parry, David Stowell, Ian Crocker and Rob Palmer are the lead commentators throughout the competition with the co-commentators including, Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher, Alan Smith, Andy Hinchcliffe, Danny Higginbotham, Don Goodman and Lee Hendrie. Sky Sports_sentence_155

The main reporter on EFL Cup games is Guy Havord however Jonathan Oakes and David Craig are occasionally called upon to cover. Sky Sports_sentence_156

EFL Trophy Sky Sports_section_23

For coverage of the 2019-20 EFL Trophy, Caroline Barker hosted alongside select guests related to the clubs involved. Sky Sports_sentence_157

The commentary team was Rob Palmer and Lee Hendrie, and the pitch side reporter was Jonathan Oakes. Sky Sports_sentence_158

Scottish Professional Football League Sky Sports_section_24

Sky owns full exclusive live rights to the Scottish Professional Football League, showing 48 games per season. Sky Sports_sentence_159

SPFL Coverage is presented by Eilidh Barbour or occasionally Mark Benstead, alongside studio pundits, Kris Boyd and James McFadden. Sky Sports_sentence_160

Ally McCoist, Darren Fletcher and John Hartson also appear as non-regular studio pundits. Sky Sports_sentence_161

The lead commentator on coverage is Ian Crocker, and he is joined by co-commentator, Andy Walker. Sky Sports_sentence_162

Luke Shanley is the main match reporter or occasionally, Soccer Saturday reporter, Charles Paterson also reports. Sky Sports_sentence_163

NIFL Premiership Sky Sports_section_25

In February 2017, Sky Sports gained rights to show 5 NIFL Premiership games per season until the end of the 2021/2022 season, as well as live coverage of the Northern Ireland Football League Cup Final. Sky Sports_sentence_164

Presentation comes from freelance presenter, Graham Little who hosts games, on-site, at the ground. Sky Sports_sentence_165

Commentary comes from Northern Ireland national game reporter, Paul Gilmour alongside ex-Northern Irish footballer, Steve Lomas. Sky Sports_sentence_166

Major League Soccer Sky Sports_section_26

In 2015, Sky Sports secured rights to broadcast Major League Soccer for eight seasons through 2022. Sky Sports_sentence_167

Coverage is shared with FreeSports, and commentary is taken from the World Feed. Sky Sports_sentence_168

International football Sky Sports_section_27

Sky Sports holds the rights to every home and away match featuring Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Wales and cover every other match in the European Qualifiers except the England match which is on ITV, under this Sky Sports have highlights of England matches. Sky Sports_sentence_169

However, in 2018, Sky won the rights to show the UEFA Nations League meaning all home nations games would be broadcast exclusively by Sky, including England games. Sky Sports_sentence_170

England matches in the Nations League are presented by David Jones with pundits including Gary Neville, Jamie Carragher and Jamie Redknapp. Sky Sports_sentence_171

The commentators include Martin Tyler and Alan Smith with Patrick Davison reporting. Sky Sports_sentence_172

For highlights of England matches in the European Qualifiers, there is no studio presentation and Martin Tyler and Alan Smith provide commentary. Sky Sports_sentence_173

All other home nations games are fronted by David Prutton, Caroline Barker and Eilidh Barbour, with guest pundits coming from the country associated. Sky Sports_sentence_174

Wales's games have commentary provided by Bill Leslie alongside Danny Gabbidon, with Geraint Hughes the reporter; Scotland's games have Ian Crocker and Davie Provan as the commentary duo with Luke Shanley reporting on coverage; The Republic of Ireland's commentary duo on Sky Sports consists of Rob Hawthorne and Mick McCarthy with Guy Havord the reporter, and Northern Ireland's games are commentated on by Gary Weaver and Stephen Craigan with Paul Gilmour the reporter. Sky Sports_sentence_175

All home nations games are broadcast across the channels, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Mix. Sky Sports_sentence_176

Other UEFA Nations League, European Qualifiers and international friendly matches broadcast on these channels involve countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherlands and Portugal or games that kick off at an earlier time than the prime time 7:45 p.m. slot. Sky Sports_sentence_177

These games are commentary only broadcasts with no studio presentation. Sky Sports_sentence_178

Lead commentators on these games include, Rob Palmer, Ian Crocker, Gary Weaver, Bill Leslie, Alan Parry, Kevin Keatings, Jon Driscoll, Andy Bishop, Gary Taphouse, Tony Jones, David Stowell, Jonathan Beck and Phil Blacker, whilst co-commentary is provided by Tony Gale, Andy Walker, Don Goodman, Garry Birtles, Andy Hinchcliffe, Terry Gibson, David Phillips, Danny Gabbidon and Efan Ekoku. Sky Sports_sentence_179

The rest of the UEFA Nations League and European Qualifiers are broadcast via the Sky Sports Football Red Button feature or online via the Sky Sports App with World Feed commentary. Sky Sports_sentence_180

Supplementary programming Sky Sports_section_28

Soccer AM Sky Sports_section_29

Main article: Soccer AM Sky Sports_sentence_181

Launched in 1995, Soccer AM, is a Saturday morning talk show presented by John "Fenners" Fendley and ex-footballer Jimmy Bullard, with a focus on humorous analysis of British football, largely but not exclusively based around the Premier League. Sky Sports_sentence_182

Soccer Saturday Sky Sports_section_30

Main article: Soccer Saturday Sky Sports_sentence_183

Launched in 1992, Soccer Saturday is a live updates show, broadcast on Saturdays during the football season. Sky Sports_sentence_184

The programme updates viewers on the progress of association football games in the United Kingdom on Saturday afternoons. Sky Sports_sentence_185

The current host is Jeff Stelling, and the lead studio pundit is, Paul Merson. Sky Sports_sentence_186

Other studio pundits include, Tony Cottee, Iain Dowie, Alan McInally, Matt Murray, Glen Johnson, Clinton Morrison and Sue Smith. Sky Sports_sentence_187

Regular reporters include Chris Kamara, Bianca Westwood, David Craig, Dickie Davies, Michelle Owen, Rob Palmer, Johnny Phillips, Neil Mellor, John Gwynne, Peter Smith, Peter Stevenson, Stuart Jarrold, Paul Walsh, Simon Watts, Faye Carruthers, Tony Colliver, Jonathan Beales, Bob Hall, Steve Jackson, Mike Jones, Russ Taylor, Mark Benstead, Charles Paterson, Frank Gilfeather, Andy Walker, Stuart Lovell, Davie Donaldson and John Temple. Sky Sports_sentence_188

A midweek programme with the same format fronted by Julian Warren, is also broadcast when there are a number of major games taking place, such as on UEFA Champions League nights, and is called Soccer Special. Sky Sports_sentence_189

Warren also hosts Soccer Saturday when Stelling is unavailable. Sky Sports_sentence_190

Sunday Supplement Sky Sports_section_31

Main article: Sunday Supplement Sky Sports_sentence_191

Launched in 1999, Sunday Supplement was a Sunday morning magazine style pundit show, presented by Neil Ashton from 2012 to January 2020, when Jacqui Oatley took over until the show ceased to air in August 2020. Sky Sports_sentence_192

Originally Jimmy Hill's Sunday Supplement, but after a revamp in 2007, Hill was dropped. Sky Sports_sentence_193

Goals on Sunday Sky Sports_section_32

Main article: Goals on Sunday Sky Sports_sentence_194

Goals on Sunday is a Sunday morning highlights show, presented by Alex Scott & Chris Kamara. Sky Sports_sentence_195

Football presenters Sky Sports_section_33

Sky Sports_table_general_2

NameSky Sports_header_cell_2_0_0 NationalitySky Sports_header_cell_2_0_1 CoverageSky Sports_header_cell_2_0_2
Eilidh BarbourSky Sports_cell_2_1_0 ScotlandSky Sports_cell_2_1_1 SPFL & Scotland National GamesSky Sports_cell_2_1_2
Caroline BarkerSky Sports_cell_2_2_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_2_2_1 EFL, EFL Trophy & Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Wales National GamesSky Sports_cell_2_2_2
Kelly CatesSky Sports_cell_2_3_0 ScotlandSky Sports_cell_2_3_1 Premier League Live, Friday Night Football & Saturday Night FootballSky Sports_cell_2_3_2
David JonesSky Sports_cell_2_4_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_2_4_1 Premier League Live, Super Sunday, Monday Night Football & England National GamesSky Sports_cell_2_4_2
David PruttonSky Sports_cell_2_5_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_2_5_1 EFL & Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Wales National GamesSky Sports_cell_2_5_2
Laura WoodsSky Sports_cell_2_6_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_2_6_1 EFL CupSky Sports_cell_2_6_2

Lead commentators Sky Sports_section_34

Sky Sports_table_general_3

CommentatorSky Sports_header_cell_3_0_0 CoverageSky Sports_header_cell_3_0_1 NotesSky Sports_header_cell_3_0_2
Martin TylerSky Sports_cell_3_1_0 Premier League

EFL Cup England National GamesSky Sports_cell_3_1_1

Sky Sports' Lead Premier League Commentator

Most Major Matches Trophy Lift CommentatorSky Sports_cell_3_1_2

Rob HawthorneSky Sports_cell_3_2_0 Premier League

EFL Cup Republic of Ireland National GamesSky Sports_cell_3_2_1

Sky Sports' Number 2 Premier League Commentator

Some Major MatchesSky Sports_cell_3_2_2

Bill LeslieSky Sports_cell_3_3_0 Premier League

EFL (occasional) EFL Cup Wales National Games International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_3_3_1

Sky Sports' Number 3 Premier League CommentatorSky Sports_cell_3_3_2
Gary WeaverSky Sports_cell_3_4_0 EFL

EFL Cup International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_3_4_1

Sky Sports' Lead EFL CommentatorSky Sports_cell_3_4_2
Ian CrockerSky Sports_cell_3_5_0 Premier League (occasional)

Game of the Day/Match Choice EFL EFL Championship (Digital & Interactive Platforms) SPFL Scotland National Games International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_3_5_1

Sky Sports' Lead SPFL CommentatorSky Sports_cell_3_5_2
Daniel MannSky Sports_cell_3_6_0 EFLSky Sports_cell_3_6_1 Sky Sports_cell_3_6_2
Alan ParrySky Sports_cell_3_7_0 EFL

EFL CupSky Sports_cell_3_7_1

Sky Sports_cell_3_7_2
David StowellSky Sports_cell_3_8_0 Game of the Day/Match Choice

EFL EFL Cup EFL Championship (Digital & Interactive Platforms) International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_3_8_1

Sky Sports_cell_3_8_2
Rob PalmerSky Sports_cell_3_9_0 Game of the Day/Match Choice

EFL EFL Trophy EFL Championship (Digital & Interactive Platforms) International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_3_9_1

Sky Sports_cell_3_9_2
Guy HavordSky Sports_cell_3_10_0 Game of the Day/Match Choice

EFL Championship (Digital & Interactive Platforms)Sky Sports_cell_3_10_1

Sky Sports_cell_3_10_2
Gary TaphouseSky Sports_cell_3_11_0 Game of the Day/Match Choice

EFL Championship (Digital & Interactive Platforms) International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_3_11_1

Sky Sports_cell_3_11_2
Tony JonesSky Sports_cell_3_12_0 Game of the Day/Match Choice

International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_3_12_1

Sky Sports_cell_3_12_2
Paul GilmourSky Sports_cell_3_13_0 NIFL PremiershipSky Sports_cell_3_13_1 Sky Sports_cell_3_13_2

Studio Pundits/Co-commentators Sky Sports_section_35

Sky Sports_table_general_4

NameSky Sports_header_cell_4_0_0 Nat.Sky Sports_header_cell_4_0_1 Role(s)Sky Sports_header_cell_4_0_2 CoverageSky Sports_header_cell_4_0_3
Keith AndrewsSky Sports_cell_4_1_0 Republic_of_IrelandSky Sports_cell_4_1_1 Studio Pundit & Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_1_2 Game of the Day/Match Choice & EFLSky Sports_cell_4_1_3
Garry BirtlesSky Sports_cell_4_2_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_4_2_1 Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_2_2 Game of the Day/Match Choice & International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_4_2_3
Kris BoydSky Sports_cell_4_3_0 ScotlandSky Sports_cell_4_3_1 Studio PunditSky Sports_cell_4_3_2 SPFLSky Sports_cell_4_3_3
Jamie CarragherSky Sports_cell_4_4_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_4_4_1 Studio Pundit & Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_4_2 Premier League, EFL Cup & England National GamesSky Sports_cell_4_4_3
Patrice EvraSky Sports_cell_4_5_0 FranceSky Sports_cell_4_5_1 Studio PunditSky Sports_cell_4_5_2 Premier LeagueSky Sports_cell_4_5_3
Tony GaleSky Sports_cell_4_6_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_4_6_1 Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_6_2 Game of the Day/Match Choice & International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_4_6_3
Don GoodmanSky Sports_cell_4_7_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_4_7_1 Studio Pundit & Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_7_2 Game of the Day/Match Choice, EFL, EFL Cup & International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_4_7_3
Lee HendrieSky Sports_cell_4_8_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_4_8_1 Studio Pundit & Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_8_2 EFL, EFL Cup & EFL TrophySky Sports_cell_4_8_3
Danny HigginbothamSky Sports_cell_4_9_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_4_9_1 Studio Pundit & Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_9_2 Game of the Day/Match Choice, EFL & EFL CupSky Sports_cell_4_9_3
Andy HinchcliffeSky Sports_cell_4_10_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_4_10_1 Studio Pundit & Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_10_2 Premier League, EFL, EFL Cup & International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_4_10_3
Roy KeaneSky Sports_cell_4_11_0 Republic_of_IrelandSky Sports_cell_4_11_1 Studio PunditSky Sports_cell_4_11_2 Premier LeagueSky Sports_cell_4_11_3
James McFaddenSky Sports_cell_4_12_0 ScotlandSky Sports_cell_4_12_1 Studio PunditSky Sports_cell_4_12_2 SPFLSky Sports_cell_4_12_3
Gary NevilleSky Sports_cell_4_13_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_4_13_1 Lead Studio Pundit & Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_13_2 Premier League, EFL Cup & England National GamesSky Sports_cell_4_13_3
David PhillipsSky Sports_cell_4_14_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_4_14_1 Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_14_2 Game of the Day/Match Choice & International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_4_14_3
Davie ProvanSky Sports_cell_4_15_0 ScotlandSky Sports_cell_4_15_1 Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_15_2 Game of the Day/Match Choice & Scotland National GamesSky Sports_cell_4_15_3
Jamie RedknappSky Sports_cell_4_16_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_4_16_1 Studio PunditSky Sports_cell_4_16_2 Premier League, EFL Cup & England National GamesSky Sports_cell_4_16_3
Micah RichardsSky Sports_cell_4_17_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_4_17_1 Studio PunditSky Sports_cell_4_17_2 Premier LeagueSky Sports_cell_4_17_3
Alan SmithSky Sports_cell_4_18_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_4_18_1 Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_18_2 Premier League, EFL Cup & England National GamesSky Sports_cell_4_18_3
Graeme SounessSky Sports_cell_4_19_0 ScotlandSky Sports_cell_4_19_1 Studio PunditSky Sports_cell_4_19_2 Premier LeagueSky Sports_cell_4_19_3
Andy WalkerSky Sports_cell_4_20_0 ScotlandSky Sports_cell_4_20_1 Co-commentatorSky Sports_cell_4_20_2 Game of the Day/Match Choice, SPFL & International matches (non home nations games)Sky Sports_cell_4_20_3

Reporters Sky Sports_section_36

Sky Sports_table_general_5

ReporterSky Sports_header_cell_5_0_0 Nat.Sky Sports_header_cell_5_0_1 CoverageSky Sports_header_cell_5_0_2
Geoff ShreevesSky Sports_cell_5_1_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_5_1_1 Premier LeagueSky Sports_cell_5_1_2
Patrick DavisonSky Sports_cell_5_2_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_5_2_1 Premier League & England National GamesSky Sports_cell_5_2_2
Greg WhelanSky Sports_cell_5_3_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_5_3_1 Premier LeagueSky Sports_cell_5_3_2
Laura WoodsSky Sports_cell_5_4_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_5_4_1 Premier LeagueSky Sports_cell_5_4_2
Caroline BarkerSky Sports_cell_5_5_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_5_5_1 EFLSky Sports_cell_5_5_2
Jonathan OakesSky Sports_cell_5_6_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_5_6_1 EFL, EFL Cup & EFL TrophySky Sports_cell_5_6_2
David CraigSky Sports_cell_5_7_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_5_7_1 EFL & EFL CupSky Sports_cell_5_7_2
Guy HavordSky Sports_cell_5_8_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_5_8_1 EFL, EFL Cup & Republic of Ireland National GamesSky Sports_cell_5_8_2
Luke ShanleySky Sports_cell_5_9_0 ScotlandSky Sports_cell_5_9_1 SPFL & Scotland National GamesSky Sports_cell_5_9_2
Paul GilmourSky Sports_cell_5_10_0 Northern_IrelandSky Sports_cell_5_10_1 Northern Ireland National GamesSky Sports_cell_5_10_2
Geraint HughesSky Sports_cell_5_11_0 WalesSky Sports_cell_5_11_1 Wales National GamesSky Sports_cell_5_11_2

Cricket Sky Sports_section_37

Sky was the first broadcaster to show live coverage of a complete overseas tour involving England when they toured the West Indies in 1990. Sky Sports_sentence_196

This was originally shown on Sky One. Sky Sports_sentence_197

Since then Sky has acquired the rights to show home international series involving England, South Africa, New Zealand and West Indies at various times as well as showing almost every England overseas tour and ICC tournaments such as the Cricket World Cup, Champions Trophy and T20 World Cup. Sky Sports_sentence_198

Sky also shows extensive coverage of county cricket, with over 60 live games each season involving every county in all competitions. Sky Sports_sentence_199

The Kia Super League was added to Sky's coverage of Women's cricket in 2018, earning rights to show 12 matches per season. Sky Sports_sentence_200

In 2018 Sky Sports won the rights off BT Sport to broadcast all 34 games of the Caribbean Premier League from the 2018 season which continued into the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Sky Sports_sentence_201

In 2015 Sky Sports won exclusive UK rights to broadcast the Indian Premier League for 3 years taking the rights from then broadcaster, ITV4 and in 2018, these rights were renewed on a multi-year deal. Sky Sports_sentence_202

Star Sports, the global distributor of IPL coverage then unexpectedly cut their contract for the 2019 season, however, these rights were reinstated from the 2020 season onwards. Sky Sports_sentence_203

Sky Sports first started broadcasting Home England Tests in 1999. Sky Sports_sentence_204

In a joint deal with terrestrial broadcaster Channel 4, it began showing 1 home Test each summer plus one-day internationals (Channel 4 were the senior broadcast partner). Sky Sports_sentence_205

This arrangement continued until 2006, when Sky Sports' flagship live coverage of England's home test series began. Sky Sports_sentence_206

The previous year, it was announced by the ECB that it had awarded Sky exclusive coverage of all of England's home tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 Internationals including the 2009 Ashes with highlights on Channel 5 produced by Sunset & Vine who produced Channel 4's coverage. Sky Sports_sentence_207

The ECB have since renewed Sky Sports' deal until 2024 with BBC taking over the rights held by Channel 5 and picking up additional rights. Sky Sports_sentence_208

The Fifth Test vs India at the Oval, (commencing 15 August 2014) was the 200th England Test shown live on Sky Sports. Sky Sports_sentence_209

Test cricket coverage is presented by Ian Ward alongside an illustrious commentary team of Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Rob Key, Nick Knight, David "Bumble" Lloyd, Shane Warne, Michael Holding, Ebony Rainford-Brent and Sir Andrew Strauss. Sky Sports_sentence_210

Ward himself also appears in the commentary box regularly. Sky Sports_sentence_211

Michael Atherton usually conducts the post-match presentation after each game. Sky Sports_sentence_212

Along with Sky's team, a guest commentator from the touring side also contributes to the coverage such as former internationals Ian Bishop (West Indies), Ricky Ponting (Australia), Wasim Akram (Pakistan), Shaun Pollock (South Africa) or Harbhajan Singh (India). Sky Sports_sentence_213

Highlights are broadcast in a prime time slot each evening. Sky Sports_sentence_214

Ian Ward or Nick Knight front all of England's home ODI and T20 International games alongside commentators, Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Rob Key, David Lloyd, Mark Butcher, Ebony Rainford-Brent and occasionally Kevin Pietersen along with other international guest analysts from the touring side. Sky Sports_sentence_215

Ward and Knight also contribute to commentary. Sky Sports_sentence_216

Overseas series involving England are presented from the London studio by Nick Knight alongside the likes of Mark Butcher, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Dominic Cork, Niall O'Brien and many other guests. Sky Sports_sentence_217

With Ian Ward alongside the likes of Michael Atherton, Nasser Hussain, Rob Key or David Lloyd reporting from where England would be touring, as they would join the host broadcaster's commentary team for the series. Sky Sports_sentence_218

Sky Sports also have international cricket rights to matches played in South Africa and West Indies. Sky Sports_sentence_219

This coverage is introduced out-of-vision by David Fulton, Mark Butcher or Dominic Cork. Sky Sports_sentence_220

The match coverage is taken from the host broadcasters from these countries, being Supersport in South Africa and Whisper Productions in the West Indies. Sky Sports_sentence_221

For SuperSport the commentary team consists of Mark Nicholas, Mike Haysman, Pommie Mbangwa, Michael Holding, Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini and for Whisper Productions the commentary team consists of Ian Bishop, Daren Ganga, Daren Sammy and Samuel Badree. Sky Sports_sentence_222

Coverage of county cricket is presented by Nick Knight or Mark Butcher. Sky Sports_sentence_223

Commentary comes from Charles Dagnall, Rob Key, David Lloyd, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Dominic Cork, Niall O'Brien, Lydia Greenway and Charlotte Edwards and along with many other guests. Sky Sports_sentence_224

Knight and Butcher also contribute to commentary. Sky Sports_sentence_225

Coverage of all Women's cricket on Sky Sports is presented by Mark Butcher alongside commentators, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Lydia Greenway and Charlotte Edwards. Sky Sports_sentence_226

Butcher himself, as well as Charles Dagnall and Rob Key also contribute in the commentary box. Sky Sports_sentence_227

For coverage of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, only matches involving England and the semi-finals and final had a presentation team from Sky Sports with all other games taking the world feed presentation. Sky Sports_sentence_228

Ian Ward hosted these games for Sky Sports alongside Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton, Shane Warne, Andrew Strauss and Rob Key. Sky Sports_sentence_229

Games not involving England had out-of-vision continuity provided by Mark Butcher or Dominic Cork. Sky Sports_sentence_230

Commentary on all games was provided by the world feed. Sky Sports_sentence_231

"The Cricket Debate" (formerly called "The Verdict") is shown every evening in a prime time slot after every England test match day. Sky Sports_sentence_232

Up until the 2019 English cricket season the show was presented by the iconic cricket broadcasting duo of Charles Colvile alongside Bob Willis. Sky Sports_sentence_233

From England’s tour of New Zealand in 2019 onwards, Colvile presented alongside a variety of other Sky Sports pundits and guests as a result of Willis falling ill, which resulted in his death. Sky Sports_sentence_234

Sky Sports additional Cricket programming includes: Sky Sports_sentence_235

Sky Sports_unordered_list_2

  • The Cricket DebateSky Sports_item_2_13
  • Cricket ClassicsSky Sports_item_2_14
  • MasterclassesSky Sports_item_2_15
  • In The ZoneSky Sports_item_2_16

Rugby union Sky Sports_section_38

In 2014, Sky Sports extended their already long-term deal with the RFU to continue showing England Internationals (outside of the Six Nations) exclusively live up until the end of the 2019–20 season. Sky Sports_sentence_236

This includes their autumn test matches at Twickenham and their annual Spring fixture. Sky Sports_sentence_237

Furthermore, Sky broadcast live England Saxons, under 18, under 20 & England Women. Sky Sports_sentence_238

As a part of the deal with the RFU, Sky also has the rights to broadcast at least 11 games per season from the RFU Championship. Sky Sports_sentence_239

Sky hold the rights to broadcast New Zealand, Australia, South Africa Tests and The Rugby Championship. Sky Sports_sentence_240

This means that, aside from Italy, France, Wales and Scotland, Sky hold the right to show all Tier 1 nations home Tests (outside the Six Nations Championship). Sky Sports_sentence_241

Highlights of England Internationals are shown on BBC Sport and Ireland Internationals are shared with RTÉ Sport. Sky Sports_sentence_242

Sky also hold the rights to tour matches by England, Ireland, Scotland and France, to South Africa, Australia and New Zealand (as a part of their contract with SANZAAR until 2018. Sky Sports_sentence_243

Sky Sports broadcast two live matches each weekend from the Top 14. Sky Sports_sentence_244

Sky's contract with SANZAAR also allows them to show live matches from the Super Rugby competition, as well as the Currie Cup and Mitre 10 Cup. Sky Sports_sentence_245

Rugby union coverage on Sky Sports is fronted by Alex Payne, James Gemmell and Rupert Cox. Sky Sports_sentence_246

With guests including Will Greenwood, Sean Fitzpatrick, Michael Lynagh, Paul Wallace, Scott Quinnell, Pat Sanderson, Marcelo Bosch, Johan Ackermann, Maggie Alphonsi, Rory Lawson, Shane Horgan, Stuart Barnes, Ieuan Evans, Dewi Morris, Frankie Sheahan, Scott Hastings and Alan Quinlan. Sky Sports_sentence_247

Lead commentators include Miles Harrison, Rupert Cox, Johnnie Hammond and Martin Gillingham. Sky Sports_sentence_248

Rugby league Sky Sports_section_39

The power of television over sport can perhaps be best portrayed by the change of rugby league from a winter sport to one played during the summer months under the banner of Super League. Sky Sports_sentence_249

These changes caused great controversy when they were introduced in 1996, yet they have been seen as positive and as having an impact even greater than the broadcaster has had with football. Sky Sports_sentence_250

The sport is now seen as being in a healthy state with two or three live matches from the Super League every week fronted by Brian Carney who is joined in the studio by Terry O'Connor, Phil Clarke, Barrie McDermott or Stuart Cummings. Sky Sports_sentence_251

Jon Wells provides analysis from the touchscreen regularly. Sky Sports_sentence_252

Bill Arthur, Ben Proe or Stuart Pyke lead the commentary team alongside the summarisers, Terry O'Connor, Phil Clarke, Jon Wells, Barrie McDermott and Jodie Cunningham. Sky Sports_sentence_253

Jenna Brooks and Fraiser Dainton are the pitch-side reporters. Sky Sports_sentence_254

Live Super League broadcasts routinely rank amongst the top 10 most watched programmes in a week on Sky Sports. Sky Sports_sentence_255

Sky has sold rights to a highlights package of the Super League to BBC Sport, who air The Super League Show on Sunday nights/Afternoon in Northern regions, with a nationwide replay on Monday afternoon. Sky Sports_sentence_256

Beginning in 2012, Sky Sports airs Challenge Cup matches alongside the BBC: usually, they will air one match in the fourth and fifth rounds and two of the quarter-finals with highlights of the Semi-Finals and Finals which are exclusively live on the BBC. Sky Sports_sentence_257

Coverage of the Australia and New Zealand's National Rugby League returned to Sky Sports in 2018 on a five-year contract. Sky Sports_sentence_258

The deals includes selected matches from the Telstra Premiership plus the NRL Grand Final as well as the State of Origin series, Pacific Tests, Auckland Nines and the All Stars Match. Sky Sports_sentence_259

Motorsport Sky Sports_section_40

Sky Sports broadcasts major motorsport events. Sky Sports_sentence_260

This includes: Sky Sports_sentence_261

Sky Sports_unordered_list_3

Formula One Sky Sports_section_41

Main article: Sky Sports F1 Sky Sports_sentence_262

In July 2011, Sky Sports acquired joint rights to broadcast Formula One in the United Kingdom from 2012 until 2018. Sky Sports_sentence_263

The deal included the rights to show all practice and qualifying sessions, in addition to the races. Sky Sports_sentence_264

The joint broadcast rights were held by BBC but transferred to Channel 4 from the 2016 season. Sky Sports_sentence_265

The shared nature of the contract initially meant that Sky Sports F1 showed all races live, with 10 races being shown by both Sky and Channel 4 (who were also televising highlights of all races on a delayed basis)., however since the start of the 2019 season, sky have had exclusive rights to broadcast every race live except the British GP, which is both live on Sky and Channel 4, however channel 4 still show highlights of both qualifying and the race from every other GP. Sky Sports_sentence_266

Whilst the initial announcement did prove controversial (with early promises that the races wouldn't be uninterrupted by commercials doing little to quell the negative initial reaction from many fans and observers), in its first two years of broadcasting, the coverage has twice won F1 International Broadcaster of the Year from the FIA (in 2012 & 2013). Sky Sports_sentence_267

Sky Sports F1 currently broadcast the entire 2019 season in 4K Ultra-HD, on the Sky Q Silver Ultra-HD package. Sky Sports_sentence_268

Presentation team at Grands Prix: Sky Sports_sentence_269

Sky Sports_unordered_list_4

  • Simon Lazenby hosts coverage with Martin Brundle, Paul di Resta, Damon Hill, Johnny Herbert, Karun Chandhok, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson as race weekend analysts across the season.Sky Sports_item_4_19
  • Paul Di Resta, Anthony Davidson and Karun Chandhok all serve as touchscreen analysts to the coverage.Sky Sports_item_4_20
  • David Croft provides commentary on practice sessions, qualifying and the race. During practice sessions, two of, Di Resta, Davidson, Herbert or Chandhok join Croft for co-commentary, while Brundle provides trackside analysis. For qualifying sessions and the race, Brundle is the primary co-commentator, but if unavailable for a race weekend, Di Resta or Davidson stand in as replacements, with Ted Kravitz or Karun Chandhok contributing from the pit lane depending on the race.Sky Sports_item_4_21
  • Ted Kravitz, Natalie Pinkham and Rachel Brookes report/present across the pit-lane and paddock and cover for Lazenby as host of some practice sessions.Sky Sports_item_4_22
  • Craig Slater reports on races for Sky Sports News.Sky Sports_item_4_23

Sky Sports' additional F1 programming includes: Sky Sports_sentence_270

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  • The F1 ShowSky Sports_item_5_24
  • Ted's NotebookSky Sports_item_5_25
  • Welcome to the WeekendSky Sports_item_5_26
  • The Inside Line (not a Sky production)Sky Sports_item_5_27

Golf Sky Sports_section_42

Golf is one of the most broadcast sports across the Sky Sports channels, with at least one tournament shown live in 50 weeks of the year. Sky Sports_sentence_271

Sky Sports’ golf presenters include, Nick Dougherty, Sarah Stirk, Rob Lee and James Haddock. Sky Sports_sentence_272

The expert analysts include Paul McGinley, Rich Beem, Mark Roe, David Howell and Tony Johnstone. Sky Sports_sentence_273

The lead commentators include Ewen Murray, Richard Boxall and Richard Kaufman, as well as presenter, Rob Lee. Sky Sports_sentence_274

The co-commentators include expert analysts, McGinley, Beem, Roe, Howell, Johnstone, and presenter, Nick Dougherty, as well as many other guests, with Wayne Riley and Andrew Coltart providing on-course commentary. Sky Sports_sentence_275

Tim Barter and Sarah Stirk are the main interviewers on the golf coverage, with James Haddock reporting on majors for Sky Sports News. Sky Sports_sentence_276

Sky Sports also use Golf Channel’s commentary for broadcasts of the PGA Tour. Sky Sports_sentence_277

Major championships Sky Sports_section_43

Sky Sports has exclusive UK rights for all 4 majors including the US Open, The Open Championship, the PGA Championship and the Masters Tournament. Sky Sports_sentence_278

Sky also broadcast major championships from the women's tour and senior tour, including the Kraft Nabisco Championship, US Women's Open, Senior PGA Championship, Senior British Open Championship and US Senior Open. Sky Sports_sentence_279

Sky will use Golf Channel (another Comcast property) feeds for USGA championships. Sky Sports_sentence_280

World Golf Championships Sky Sports_section_44

Since its inception in 1999, Sky Sports has broadcast the World Golf Championships exclusively live, with the exception of the 2001 WGC-American Express Championship, which was broadcast on the BBC. Sky Sports_sentence_281

They usually present the broadcast on site, as they do for major championships and the Ryder Cup, reflecting their importance in the game as the next most important series of events after the majors. Sky Sports_sentence_282

PGA Tour Sky Sports_section_45

Sky also have exclusive live UK rights to broadcast the PGA Tour including The Players Championship and PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup until 2022, as well as up to 7 events per year from the LPGA Tour. Sky Sports_sentence_283

European Tour Sky Sports_section_46

Sky have rights to at least 32 events on the European Tour until 2022, including the Dubai World Championship and exclusive live coverage of the BMW PGA Championship with highlights only on the BBC. Sky Sports_sentence_284

Ryder Cup Sky Sports_section_47

Sky Sports shows live coverage of the sport's premier event, the Ryder Cup. Sky Sports_sentence_285

Since 1995, they have held the exclusive live UK rights to the biennial team event between USA and Europe, broadcasting the event in its entirety for the first time at Oak Hill in 1995. Sky Sports_sentence_286

The event was broadcast in High Definition for the first time in 2006 at the K Club in County Kildare Ireland. Sky Sports_sentence_287

Since 1999 it has also offered interactive coverage with options including the American coverage, Highlights and course guides. Sky Sports_sentence_288

Sky holds the rights until 2012, with BBC broadcasting evening highlights. Sky Sports_sentence_289

In 2010, Sky broadcast the Ryder Cup in 3D, making it the first live event on Sky 3D, Europe's first residential 3D channel. Sky Sports_sentence_290

They also broadcast all of the other major professional team events in the sport such as the Presidents Cup, Seve Trophy, Royal Trophy, Omega Mission Hills World Cup and Solheim Cup. Sky Sports_sentence_291

In 2010, Sky Sports broadcast in excess of 150 tournaments from the men's and women's tours. Sky Sports_sentence_292

Darts Sky Sports_section_48

Sky Sports covered some BDO tournaments during its inception, including the 1992 Winmau World Masters, which was previously broadcast on ITV. Sky Sports_sentence_293

Since the creation of the World Darts Council in 1992, since renamed the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), formed when many of the leading darts players, including Phil Taylor, Eric Bristow, John Lowe and Dennis Priestley, broke away from the British Darts Organisation (BDO), the game's then sole ruling body, Sky Sports has broadcast the new organisation's main darts tournaments live, which currently includes the following. Sky Sports_sentence_294

Between 1993 and 2007 Sky were the only regular UK broadcaster of PDC Darts (apart from the 1999 BDO v PDC showdown between Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld which was broadcast on ITV). Sky Sports_sentence_295

However this changed in 2007 when ITV covered the PDC/BDO tournament the Grand Slam of Darts, this moved to Sky in 2011 however ITV continued to show the European Championship and Players Championship Finals, their coverage expanded in 2014 to cover the UK Open and the Masters. Sky Sports_sentence_296

Sky's coverage includes the PDC World Darts Championship which it shows on a temporary channel Sky Sports Darts. Sky Sports_sentence_297

The tournament has been broadcast live and in its entirety by Sky Sports in the UK since its inception. Sky Sports_sentence_298

Since 2009 the tournament has been shot in High Definition (HD). Sky Sports_sentence_299

The tournament has become more and more popular in recent years with the 2007 World Final achieving a viewing figure in excess of 1 million for the first time. Sky Sports_sentence_300

Sky also shows the PDC World Cup of Darts, Premier League Darts, the World Matchplay, the World Grand Prix, the Grand Slam of Darts and the PDC Under-21 World Championship (final only). Sky Sports_sentence_301

Sky used to show the UK Open but since 2014 this has been shown on ITV. Sky Sports_sentence_302

Sky Sports has not covered any BDO darts since the split in darts. Sky Sports_sentence_303

Sky Sports darts coverage was initially presented by Jeff Stelling with Eric Bristow and commentary by John Gwynne and Dave Lanning while Sid Waddell joined Sky from the BBC in 1994. Sky Sports_sentence_304

Dave Clark replaced Stelling in 2002 although covered some tournaments in 2001, Stuart Pyke joined the commentary team in 2003, Rod Harrington and Nigel Pearson joined in 2005, Rod Studd joined in 2008 and former BBC Darts commentators David Croft and John Part joined in 2013. Sky Sports_sentence_305

David Croft only works for Sky Sports Darts on the PDC World Darts Championship and some weeks of the Premier League Darts and Stuart Pyke also works for ITV coverage of PDC Darts. Sky Sports_sentence_306

Sky Sports darts team: Stuart Pyke: (2003–present, Also works for ITV Sport Darts Coverage 2007–present); Rod Harrington: (2005–present); Nigel Pearson: (2005–present); Rod Studd: (2008–present); Wayne Mardle: (2010–present); David Croft: (2013–present, previously worked for BBC Sport darts coverage 2003–2012); John Part: (2013–present, previously worked for BBC Sport darts coverage 1995–2007). Sky Sports_sentence_307

Former Sky Sports Darts Team: Dave Clark: (2002–2020); Eric Bristow (1993–2016, died in 2018); John Gwynne: (1993–2013, subsequently with Eurosport's BDO Darts coverage); Dave Lanning: (1993–2010 & 2013, died in 2016. Sky Sports_sentence_308

Previously worked for ITV Sport 1972–1988); Jeff Stelling: (1993–2002); Sid Waddell: (1994–2012, died in 2012. Sky Sports_sentence_309

Previously worked for BBC Sport 1978–1994). Sky Sports_sentence_310

Boxing Sky Sports_section_49

Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sport enjoys an exclusive television deal with Sky Sports through 2021 and provides Sky Sports with upwards of 20 boxing events per year. Sky Sports_sentence_311

Some of the coverage is shown on a pay-per-view basis via Sky Sports Box Office. Sky Sports_sentence_312

Anna Woolhouse is the lead presenter, alongside former boxers, Johnny Nelson, Spencer Oliver, Paulie Malignaggi, Carl Froch and Tony Bellew, with also the likes of Paul Smith and Matthew Macklin. Sky Sports_sentence_313

Commentator Adam Smith is alongside Carl Froch or Matthew Macklin for the primary commentary pairing on main event cards. Sky Sports_sentence_314

On larger pay-per view events, Tony Bellew, Paulie Malignaggi or David Haye join the commentary team. Sky Sports_sentence_315

Andy Clarke and Matthew Macklin commentate on undercard action. Sky Sports_sentence_316

The reporter and post-fight interviewer is Andy Scott. Sky Sports_sentence_317

In April 2019, Sky Sports aired nine fights of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) in the 2018–19 season, starting with the semi-final world title bouts between bantamweights Nonito Donaire and Stephon Young followed by super-lightweights Regis Prograis and Kiryl Relikh, and ending in November with the bantamweight final between Nonito Donaire and Naoya Inoue. Sky Sports_sentence_318

Previously, the event had been aired on ITV Box Office in the 2017–18 season but ITV did not renew the contract for the following season. Sky Sports_sentence_319

Mixed Martial Arts Sky Sports_section_50

In February 2019, Sky Sports announced a deal with Bellator MMA to broadcast mixed martial arts events. Sky Sports_sentence_320

NFL Sky Sports_section_51

Main article: NFL on Sky Sports Sky Sports_sentence_321

Gaelic Games Sky Sports_section_52

On 2 April 2014, Sky Sports signed a deal with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) to broadcast fixtures from both the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship and the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Sky Sports_sentence_322

The deal gave Sky Sports 20 championship matches across both sports, including both semi-finals and both All-Ireland Finals. Sky Sports_sentence_323

Sky would have exclusive rights in both the Republic of Ireland and the UK to 14 of these matches, with the remaining six matches being simultaneously broadcast by RTÉ in the Republic of Ireland. Sky Sports_sentence_324

The deal covered the years, 2014 to 2016. Sky Sports_sentence_325

It was estimated that the GAA would make €0.5 million from the deal. Sky Sports_sentence_326

The deal led to debate in Ireland, with many loyal fans being unable to watch some key games during the All-Ireland season. Sky Sports_sentence_327

The debate was reignited, with Michael Duignan stating publicly on RTÉ: "The biggest disgrace of the weekend was on Saturday evening, that Waterford and Kilkenny (Round 2 hurling match) wasn't shown free-to-air in this country", a statement which resounded with many GAA fans across Ireland and gained much public sympathy, bringing further into question the continuation of the Sky GAA deal in the long term. Sky Sports_sentence_328

On the other hand, the GAA was unlikely to receive the same amount of money from RTE as it got from Sky, especially given RTE's increasing emphasis on soccer. Sky Sports_sentence_329

Summary of sports rights Sky Sports_section_53

Football Sky Sports_section_54

Sky Sports_table_general_6

Football broadcasting rights acquired by SkySky Sports_table_caption_6
CompetitionSky Sports_header_cell_6_0_0 RegionSky Sports_header_cell_6_0_1 Broadcast detailsSky Sports_header_cell_6_0_2
Premier LeagueSky Sports_cell_6_1_0 England WalesSky Sports_cell_6_1_1 2019–2022: 128 live matches per season (Packages B, C, D and E).Sky Sports_cell_6_1_2
UEFA Nations LeagueSky Sports_cell_6_2_0 EuropeSky Sports_cell_6_2_1 Exclusive live coverage of all games until 2021Sky Sports_cell_6_2_2
England football teamSky Sports_cell_6_3_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_6_3_1 Exclusive live coverage of all UEFA Nations League and in-season friendly games until 2021.Sky Sports_cell_6_3_2
English Football LeagueSky Sports_cell_6_4_0 England WalesSky Sports_cell_6_4_1 138 live matches per-season and all 15 play-off matches, including all three finals, until May 2024Sky Sports_cell_6_4_2
EFL CupSky Sports_cell_6_5_0 England WalesSky Sports_cell_6_5_1 15 live matches per-season, including semi-finals and final until 2024Sky Sports_cell_6_5_2
EFL TrophySky Sports_cell_6_6_0 England WalesSky Sports_cell_6_6_1 Live coverage of the semi-finals and final until May 2024Sky Sports_cell_6_6_2
Scotland football teamSky Sports_cell_6_7_0 ScotlandSky Sports_cell_6_7_1 Live coverage of all UEFA Nations League, qualifiers, and friendly games until 2022.Sky Sports_cell_6_7_2
Scottish PremiershipSky Sports_cell_6_8_0 ScotlandSky Sports_cell_6_8_1 2020-2025: Live coverage of 48 matches per season, plus all six play-off matchesSky Sports_cell_6_8_2
Wales football teamSky Sports_cell_6_9_0 WalesSky Sports_cell_6_9_1 Live coverage of all UEFA Nations League, qualifiers, and friendly games until 2022.Sky Sports_cell_6_9_2
Northern Ireland football teamSky Sports_cell_6_10_0 Northern_IrelandSky Sports_cell_6_10_1 Live coverage of all UEFA Nations League, qualifiers, and friendly games until 2022.Sky Sports_cell_6_10_2
NIFL PremiershipSky Sports_cell_6_11_0 Northern_IrelandSky Sports_cell_6_11_1 5 Live matches per season until the end of 2021/2022 SeasonSky Sports_cell_6_11_2
Northern Ireland Football League CupSky Sports_cell_6_12_0 Northern_IrelandSky Sports_cell_6_12_1 NIFL League Cup Final LiveSky Sports_cell_6_12_2
Republic of Ireland football teamSky Sports_cell_6_13_0 Republic_of_IrelandSky Sports_cell_6_13_1 Live coverage of all UEFA Nations League, qualifiers, and friendly games until 2022.Sky Sports_cell_6_13_2
Major League SoccerSky Sports_cell_6_14_0 United_States CanadaSky Sports_cell_6_14_1 Live until 2022 seasonSky Sports_cell_6_14_2

Cricket Sky Sports_section_55

Sky Sports_table_general_7

Event nameSky Sports_header_cell_7_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_7_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_7_0_2
ICC Cricket World CupSky Sports_cell_7_1_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_7_1_1 Live until 2023Sky Sports_cell_7_1_2
ICC World Test ChampionshipSky Sports_cell_7_2_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_7_2_1 Live until 2023Sky Sports_cell_7_2_2
ICC Champions TrophySky Sports_cell_7_3_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_7_3_1 Live until 2021Sky Sports_cell_7_3_2
ICC T20 World CupSky Sports_cell_7_4_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_7_4_1 Live until 2020Sky Sports_cell_7_4_2
ICC Women's World CupSky Sports_cell_7_5_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_7_5_1 Live until 2021Sky Sports_cell_7_5_2
ICC Women's T20 World CupSky Sports_cell_7_6_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_7_6_1 Live until 2022Sky Sports_cell_7_6_2
ICC U19 World CupSky Sports_cell_7_7_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_7_7_1 Live until 2022Sky Sports_cell_7_7_2
England cricket team and England women's cricket teamSky Sports_cell_7_8_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_7_8_1 All home Test, ODIs and T20I matches live until 2024 Selected Tests available in 4K.Sky Sports_cell_7_8_2
International Test matches and Limited overs cricketSky Sports_cell_7_9_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_7_9_1 Live coverage of all England overseas Tours, plus Tests, ODIs, and T20Is from South Africa and West Indies (until 2020)Sky Sports_cell_7_9_2
County ChampionshipSky Sports_cell_7_10_0 England WalesSky Sports_cell_7_10_1 Live until 2024. At least 60 days of domestic cricket each summer covering each of the major competitionsSky Sports_cell_7_10_2
One-Day CupSky Sports_cell_7_11_0 England WalesSky Sports_cell_7_11_1 Live until 2024Sky Sports_cell_7_11_2
T20 BlastSky Sports_cell_7_12_0 England WalesSky Sports_cell_7_12_1 36 live matches per season until 2024Sky Sports_cell_7_12_2
The HundredSky Sports_cell_7_13_0 England WalesSky Sports_cell_7_13_1 Live from 2021-2024Sky Sports_cell_7_13_2
Caribbean Premier LeagueSky Sports_cell_7_14_0 West_Indies_Cricket_BoardSky Sports_cell_7_14_1 All 34 matches live in 2020Sky Sports_cell_7_14_2
Indian Premier LeagueSky Sports_cell_7_15_0 IndiaSky Sports_cell_7_15_1 All matches live until 2022Sky Sports_cell_7_15_2

Rugby union Sky Sports_section_56

Sky Sports_table_general_8

League NameSky Sports_header_cell_8_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_8_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_8_0_2
IRB Sevens World SeriesSky Sports_cell_8_1_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_8_1_1 LiveSky Sports_cell_8_1_2
IRB Junior World ChampionshipSky Sports_cell_8_2_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_8_2_1 LiveSky Sports_cell_8_2_2
Women's Rugby World CupSky Sports_cell_8_3_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_8_3_1 LiveSky Sports_cell_8_3_2
British and Irish LionsSky Sports_cell_8_4_0 United_Kingdom IrelandSky Sports_cell_8_4_1 Live in 2017Sky Sports_cell_8_4_2
England Quilter International SeriesSky Sports_cell_8_5_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_8_5_1 Contract includes England Saxons, Under 18s, Under 20s & England Women): Live until 2020Sky Sports_cell_8_5_2
The Rugby ChampionshipSky Sports_cell_8_6_0 Argentina Australia New_Zealand South_AfricaSky Sports_cell_8_6_1 Sky Sports_cell_8_6_2
SANZAAR TestsSky Sports_cell_8_7_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_8_7_1 Including tours to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa by England, Scotland, Ireland: Live until 2021Sky Sports_cell_8_7_2
RFU ChampionshipSky Sports_cell_8_8_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_8_8_1 LiveSky Sports_cell_8_8_2
Super RugbySky Sports_cell_8_9_0 Australia New_Zealand South_Africa ArgentinaSky Sports_cell_8_9_1 Live until 2020

includes Super Rugby Aotearoa and Super Rugby AU.Sky Sports_cell_8_9_2

Mitre 10 CupSky Sports_cell_8_10_0 New_ZealandSky Sports_cell_8_10_1 LiveSky Sports_cell_8_10_2
Currie CupSky Sports_cell_8_11_0 South_AfricaSky Sports_cell_8_11_1 LiveSky Sports_cell_8_11_2

Golf Sky Sports_section_57

Sky Sports_table_general_9

EventSky Sports_header_cell_9_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_9_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_9_0_2
U.S. MastersSky Sports_cell_9_1_0 United_StatesSky Sports_cell_9_1_1 Live coverage in 2019Sky Sports_cell_9_1_2
The Open ChampionshipSky Sports_cell_9_2_0 United_KingdomSky Sports_cell_9_2_1 Live coverage until 2021Sky Sports_cell_9_2_2
U.S. OpenSky Sports_cell_9_3_0 United_StatesSky Sports_cell_9_3_1 Live coverage in 2019Sky Sports_cell_9_3_2
PGA ChampionshipSky Sports_cell_9_4_0 United_StatesSky Sports_cell_9_4_1 Live coverage in 2019Sky Sports_cell_9_4_2
Ryder CupSky Sports_cell_9_5_0 United_States EuropeSky Sports_cell_9_5_1 Live until 2022Sky Sports_cell_9_5_2
World Golf ChampionshipsSky Sports_cell_9_6_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_9_6_1 Live until 2022Sky Sports_cell_9_6_2
PGA TourSky Sports_cell_9_7_0 United_StatesSky Sports_cell_9_7_1 Other events Live until 2022Sky Sports_cell_9_7_2
European TourSky Sports_cell_9_8_0 EuropeSky Sports_cell_9_8_1 Other events Live until 2022Sky Sports_cell_9_8_2
Scottish OpenSky Sports_cell_9_9_0 ScotlandSky Sports_cell_9_9_1 Live until 2022Sky Sports_cell_9_9_2
Wales OpenSky Sports_cell_9_10_0 WalesSky Sports_cell_9_10_1 Live on Sky SportsSky Sports_cell_9_10_2
Women's British OpenSky Sports_cell_9_11_0 United_KingdomSky Sports_cell_9_11_1 Live on Sky SportsSky Sports_cell_9_11_2
Irish Open GolfSky Sports_cell_9_12_0 Republic_of_IrelandSky Sports_cell_9_12_1 Live on Sky SportsSky Sports_cell_9_12_2

Motorsport Sky Sports_section_58

Sky Sports_table_general_10

Series NameSky Sports_header_cell_10_0_0 NationalitySky Sports_header_cell_10_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_10_0_2
Formula OneSky Sports_cell_10_1_0 United_KingdomSky Sports_cell_10_1_1 All races live until 2024 on Sky Sports F1 with two prime time races and British Grand Prix on Sky Sports Mix

All events exclusively available in 4K. Exclusive live rights from 2019 to 2024 with British Grand Prix and highlights free to airSky Sports_cell_10_1_2

FIA Formula 2 Championship (previously known as GP2)Sky Sports_cell_10_2_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_10_2_1 Live on Sky Sports F1Sky Sports_cell_10_2_2
FIA Formula 3 Championship (previously known as GP3)Sky Sports_cell_10_3_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_10_3_1 Live on Sky Sports F1Sky Sports_cell_10_3_2
IndyCar SeriesSky Sports_cell_10_4_0 United_StatesSky Sports_cell_10_4_1 Live on Sky Sports F1 from 2019Sky Sports_cell_10_4_2

Boxing Sky Sports_section_59

Sky Sports_table_general_11

Series NameSky Sports_header_cell_11_0_0 NationalitySky Sports_header_cell_11_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_11_0_2
World Championship BoxingSky Sports_cell_11_1_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_11_1_1 12 world title fights Live from GermanySky Sports_cell_11_1_2
Matchroom SportSky Sports_cell_11_2_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_11_2_1 20 shows a year live until 2021Sky Sports_cell_11_2_2
World Boxing Super SeriesSky Sports_cell_11_3_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_11_3_1 9 shows (6 semi-finals and 3 finals) live in 2018-19 seasonSky Sports_cell_11_3_2

Rugby league Sky Sports_section_60

Sky Sports_table_general_12

CompetitionSky Sports_header_cell_12_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_12_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_12_0_2
Super LeagueSky Sports_cell_12_1_0 England FranceSky Sports_cell_12_1_1 80 live games per season between 2017 and 2021.Sky Sports_cell_12_1_2
ChampionshipSky Sports_cell_12_2_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_12_2_1 Live until 2021Sky Sports_cell_12_2_2
Challenge CupSky Sports_cell_12_3_0 WalesEngland CanadaSky Sports_cell_12_3_1 One fifth round match, one sixth round match and two quarter-finals Live until 2021 plus highlights of the finalSky Sports_cell_12_3_2
World Club ChallengeSky Sports_cell_12_4_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_12_4_1 LiveSky Sports_cell_12_4_2
National Rugby LeagueSky Sports_cell_12_5_0 Australia New_ZealandSky Sports_cell_12_5_1 Live until 2022Sky Sports_cell_12_5_2

Horse racing Sky Sports_section_61

Sky Sports_table_general_13

Race nameSky Sports_header_cell_13_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_13_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_13_0_2
Dubai World CupSky Sports_cell_13_1_0 United_Arab_EmiratesSky Sports_cell_13_1_1 Live coverageSky Sports_cell_13_1_2
Sky Sports RacingSky Sports_cell_13_2_0 United_KingdomSky Sports_cell_13_2_1 Live coverage from 29 UK courses including, Chepstow and LingfieldSky Sports_cell_13_2_2

Equestrianism Sky Sports_section_62

Sky Sports_table_general_14

Race nameSky Sports_header_cell_14_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_14_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_14_0_2
Horse of the Year ShowSky Sports_cell_14_1_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_14_1_1 LiveSky Sports_cell_14_1_2
Hickstead DerbySky Sports_cell_14_2_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_14_2_1 LiveSky Sports_cell_14_2_2

Darts Sky Sports_section_63

Sky Sports_table_general_15

TournamentSky Sports_header_cell_15_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_15_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_15_0_2
PDC World Darts ChampionshipSky Sports_cell_15_1_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_15_1_1 Live until 2025Sky Sports_cell_15_1_2
Premier LeagueSky Sports_cell_15_2_0 United_Kingdom Republic_of_Ireland Netherlands GermanySky Sports_cell_15_2_1 Live until 2025Sky Sports_cell_15_2_2
Grand Slam of DartsSky Sports_cell_15_3_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_15_3_1 Live until 2025Sky Sports_cell_15_3_2
World MatchplaySky Sports_cell_15_4_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_15_4_1 Live until 2025Sky Sports_cell_15_4_2
World Grand PrixSky Sports_cell_15_5_0 United_NationsSky Sports_cell_15_5_1 Live until 2025Sky Sports_cell_15_5_2

Triathlon Sky Sports_section_64

Sky Sports_table_general_16

Series NameSky Sports_header_cell_16_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_16_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_16_0_2
British Triathlon Super SeriesSky Sports_cell_16_1_0 United_KingdomSky Sports_cell_16_1_1 HighlightsSky Sports_cell_16_1_2

American football Sky Sports_section_65

Sky Sports_table_general_17

CompetitionSky Sports_header_cell_17_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_17_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_17_0_2
Super BowlSky Sports_cell_17_1_0 United_StatesSky Sports_cell_17_1_1 Live until 2019;Sky Sports_cell_17_1_2
NFL playoffsSky Sports_cell_17_2_0 United_StatesSky Sports_cell_17_2_1 Live until 2024Sky Sports_cell_17_2_2
NFL regular seasonSky Sports_cell_17_3_0 United_StatesSky Sports_cell_17_3_1 Live until 2024Sky Sports_cell_17_3_2
NFL London GamesSky Sports_cell_17_4_0 United_KingdomSky Sports_cell_17_4_1 live until 2024Sky Sports_cell_17_4_2

Gaelic Games Sky Sports_section_66

Sky Sports_table_general_18

Series NameSky Sports_header_cell_18_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_18_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_18_0_2
GAASky Sports_cell_18_1_0 Republic_of_Ireland Northern_IrelandSky Sports_cell_18_1_1 20 live games including All-Ireland football and hurling semi-finals and final until 2022.Sky Sports_cell_18_1_2

Netball Sky Sports_section_67

Sky Sports_table_general_19

Series NameSky Sports_header_cell_19_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_19_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_19_0_2
Netball SuperleagueSky Sports_cell_19_1_0 England WalesSky Sports_cell_19_1_1 Live CoverageSky Sports_cell_19_1_2

Badminton Sky Sports_section_68

Sky Sports_table_general_20

Series NameSky Sports_header_cell_20_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_20_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_20_0_2
National Badminton LeagueSky Sports_cell_20_1_0 EnglandSky Sports_cell_20_1_1 Live CoverageSky Sports_cell_20_1_2

Bowls Sky Sports_section_69

Sky Sports_unordered_list_6

Basketball Sky Sports_section_70

Sky Sports_table_general_21

Series NameSky Sports_header_cell_21_0_0 CountrySky Sports_header_cell_21_0_1 Broadcast DetailsSky Sports_header_cell_21_0_2
NBASky Sports_cell_21_1_0 United_States CanadaSky Sports_cell_21_1_1 Live Coverage until 2022Sky Sports_cell_21_1_2
WNBASky Sports_cell_21_2_0 United_States CanadaSky Sports_cell_21_2_1 Live Coverage until 2022Sky Sports_cell_21_2_2

Previous coverage Sky Sports_section_71

Football Sky Sports_section_72

Premier League Sky Sports_section_73

Between the 2016–17 and 2018–19 seasons, Sky Sports broadcast a 3 pm Saturday match exclusively for subscribers in the Republic of Ireland. Sky Sports_sentence_330

The coverage went out under the Premier League Live banner and was anchored by the match commentators. Sky Sports_sentence_331

The rights for these games were taken over by Premier Sports for the 2019–20 season onwards. Sky Sports_sentence_332

UEFA Champions League Sky Sports_section_74

Sky Sports covered the UEFA Champions League between 2003 and 2015 but in 2013 Sky was outbid by BT Sport and the rights transferred at the end of the 2014/15 tournament, with highlights on ITV Sport. Sky Sports_sentence_333

Since 2018 until at least 2021, however, BT Sport have also acquired the rights to the highlights to the Champions League and UEFA Europa League. Sky Sports_sentence_334

FA Cup and FA Community Shield Sky Sports_section_75

Sky Sports covered the FA Cup since it first went on air as BSB's Sports Channel in 1990 alongside the BBC but has not broadcast the FA Cup since 2008 after both broadcasters were outbid by ITV and Setanta. Sky Sports_sentence_335

After the collapse of Setanta, Sky did not bid for the rights so they went to ESPN UK. Sky Sports_sentence_336

In 2014–15 the rights transferred from ITV and ESPN to BBC and BT Sport after bidding together. Sky Sports_sentence_337

From 2020, ITV won the rights back off BT Sport meaning live coverage of all FA Cup games is on free-to-air television with BBC and ITV sharing the rights. Sky Sports_sentence_338

Sky Sports had been the first channel to show the Community Shield live and as with the FA Cup, Sky has not broadcast this event since 2011 after rights transferred to ITV and then BT Sport, then later back to ITV. Sky Sports_sentence_339

England National Football Team Sky Sports_section_76

One of Sky's first major live football rights deal was exclusive live coverage of the England football team and held these rights throughout the 1990s. Sky Sports_sentence_340

The live rights transferred to BBC Sport in 2001 until 2008, and currently remain free to air with ITV owning the rights. Sky Sports_sentence_341

Sky Sports currently still provide coverage of England matches, however not nearly on the same scale as in the 1990s. Sky Sports_sentence_342

They are limited to just UEFA Nations League and mid-season international friendlies which, thanks to the aforementioned UEFA Nations League competition, have not occurred as often as they once did. Sky Sports_sentence_343

La Liga Sky Sports_section_77

Sky Sports was the long-time home of La Liga, the top-tier of Spanish domestic football, having broadcast the competition for 20 years. Sky Sports_sentence_344

From the 2018-19 season, the rights to broadcast La Liga were won by Eleven Sports, then subsequently Premier Sports. Sky Sports_sentence_345

During Sky Sports' tenure as La Liga broadcaster, live matches were broadcast on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday nights. Sky Sports_sentence_346

Towards the end of the contract, Sky Sports broadcast up to 10 live matches each round with the coverage handled by the commentators who included Rob Palmer, Kevin Keatings, Jon Driscoll and Dominic Johnson. Sky Sports_sentence_347

They would usually be joined by summarisers, Gerry Armstrong, Terry Gibson, David Phillips, Garry Birtles and Efan Ekoku. Sky Sports_sentence_348

Highlights and weekly review of La Liga, were shown on Revista de La Liga, presented by the Spanish football expert Guillem Balagué. Sky Sports_sentence_349

Eredivisie Sky Sports_section_78

In 2014, Sky Sports signed an exclusive 4-year deal to show live matches from the Dutch top-flight league Eredivisie. Sky Sports_sentence_350

The commentary was taken from the world feed provided by IMG Worldwide. Sky Sports_sentence_351

Starting with the 2018-19 season, live and exclusive rights were won by Eleven Sports. Sky Sports_sentence_352

Chinese Super League Sky Sports_section_79

In 2016, Sky Sports added another competition to its unrivaled schedule of live football with the addition of the Ping An Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL). Sky Sports_sentence_353

Commentary was from the World Feed, usually by Wayne Boyce, Paul Walker or Dan O'Hagan. Sky Sports_sentence_354

From the start of the 2019 season, live and exclusive rights were won by Eleven Sports. Sky Sports_sentence_355

Rugby union Sky Sports_section_80

Sky Sports was the first channel to show live rugby union every week when it picked up the rights to show the top division of England club rugby in the mid 1990s. Sky Sports_sentence_356

The rights transferred to ESPN in 2009 and the league is now covered by BT Sport. Sky Sports_sentence_357

Sky Sports also covered England matches from the 5/6 nations from 1997 to 2002 as well as France v England with all other matches being live on the BBC, the rights were sold to the BBC in 2003 and they covered every match live from the Six Nations until 2015 when BBC and ITV teamed up to keep the rights free to air after the BBC were outbid by Sky Sports with BBC covering France, Wales & Scotland home matches and ITV covering England, Ireland & Italy. Sky Sports_sentence_358

In 2003, Sky Sports began its coverage of the Heineken Cup, when it outbid the previous rights holder BBC Sport with its offer of £20 million for 3 years. Sky Sports_sentence_359

Coverage of 10 matches each pool weekend and all knockout matches from the Heineken Cup was the norm. Sky Sports_sentence_360

Additionally, up to three matches per round in the Amlin Challenge Cup were usually shown. Sky Sports_sentence_361

Following the demise of the Heineken Cup, Sky Sports shared the rights to the newly formed Rugby Champions Cup with BT Sport, until the 2017–18 season. Sky Sports_sentence_362

Sky exclusively broadcast up to 30 pool matches, 2 quarter-finals and 1 semi-final from each competition with the finals being shown by both. Sky Sports_sentence_363

Sky also received first pick on Challenge Cup matches involving Premiership Rugby clubs. Sky Sports_sentence_364

From the 2018-19 season, Sky Sports no longer have the shared rights to the Champions Cup, these passed to Channel 4 and so did the contracts to cover Ireland's Autumn Internationals after 2018. Sky Sports_sentence_365

Commencing from the 2014–15 season, Sky Sports began showing games from the Pro14 (covering 30 matches alongside the current terrestrial broadcasters BBC Wales, S4C, TG4, BBC NI and BBC Alba). Sky Sports_sentence_366

From 2018, Premier Sports broadcast all 152 games live. Sky Sports_sentence_367

Rugby league Sky Sports_section_81

Until 2012, Sky aired Championship and Northern Rail Cup games on Thursdays and Sundays, until the rights for these were purchased by Premier Sports. Sky Sports_sentence_368

Sky also held the rights to show the majority of the matches from the Four Nations and the previous competition the Tri Nations live, with the other games being shown live or in highlights form on BBC Sport and Sky Sports previously showed the 2008 World Cup exclusively live with only highlights on the BBC. Sky Sports_sentence_369

This agreement ended in 2012 and Sky Sports surprisingly lost the rights to International Rugby League from the 2013 Rugby League World Cup to the BBC and Premier Sports. Sky Sports_sentence_370

The matches for the 2013 and 2017 Rugby League World Cup were shared between the BBC and Premier Sports with BBC covering all England matches, Wales v Italy, One Quarter Final, One Semi-final and the Final in 2013. Sky Sports_sentence_371

The BBC and Premier Sports had also signed a deal to cover the 2014 and 2016 Four Nations. Sky Sports_sentence_372

Tennis Sky Sports_section_82

For nearly 25 years, Sky Sports was the main broadcaster of the US Open until 2015 but decided not to renew its contract to broadcast this event in 2016. Sky Sports_sentence_373

Sky also previously covered Davis Cup tennis but these rights moved to the BBC and Eurosport. Sky Sports_sentence_374

Sky was the broadcaster of ATP Tour events from 2002 until 2018, when Amazon Prime Video became the exclusive UK broadcaster. Sky Sports_sentence_375

The Sky Sports tennis coverage was presented by Marcus Buckland with pundits, Annabel Croft, Greg Rusedski and Peter Fleming. Sky Sports_sentence_376

Commentators included, Barry Millns, Leif Shiras, Mark Petchey and Barry Cowan. Sky Sports_sentence_377

Ice hockey Sky Sports_section_83

In 2006, Sky Sports began showing a replay from a match in the Elite Ice Hockey League every week. Sky Sports_sentence_378

Due to large audience numbers, even though it is normally on Sky Sports 4, they decided to show a live game for the first time in several years when they showed the play-off finals in 2010. Sky Sports_sentence_379

A new deal was signed for the 2010/11 season in which Sky agreed to show eight live games throughout the season and a weekly highlights show. Sky Sports_sentence_380

However, the broadcast rights have since moved to Premier Sports. Sky Sports_sentence_381

WWE Sky Sports_section_84

In 1989, Sky acquired the rights to WWE. Sky Sports_sentence_382

Sky Sports Arena was considered the home of WWE programming on Sky, as the majority of the programmes were shown on it. Sky Sports_sentence_383

Part of the deal with Sky stated that major PPV's such as WrestleMania, Survivor Series, the Royal Rumble and SummerSlam were part of the Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view service, and that SmackDown's first broadcast moved from Sky One to Sky Sports. Sky Sports_sentence_384

As part of the deal, Raw was shown live on Sky Sports Arena early Tuesday morning because of the time difference. Sky Sports_sentence_385

SmackDown! Sky Sports_sentence_386

was broadcast live early Wednesday morning for the same reason. Sky Sports_sentence_387

Sky also broadcast WWE's third brand, ECW on Sci Fi before it was cancelled. Sky Sports_sentence_388

For a couple of months it replaced WWE Velocity on Sunday mornings. Sky Sports_sentence_389

It was shown two nights after the US broadcast after a viewer complained to Ofcom in August 2006 about an image in the opening credits, and Sky agreed to air the program after the watershed. Sky Sports_sentence_390

The deal of 14 Pay-Per-Views did not account for WWE's extra pay-per-views which have been added subsequently, and therefore WWE Cyber Sunday would not have been picked up by Sky. Sky Sports_sentence_391

However, a last-minute deal was struck between Sky and WWE, that allowed the PPV to be shown live on Sky Sports 1. Sky Sports_sentence_392

The first WWE event to be shown in wide-screen (16:9) format on Sky Sports was No Way Out on 18 February 2008 at 1 am on Sky Sports 1. Sky Sports_sentence_393

Although after this, other WWE programming were still in standard (4:3) format however due to complaints all WWE programming will now be airing in widescreen from a down-scaled HD feed. Sky Sports_sentence_394

When WWE Heat ended in June 2008, it was replaced with WWE Vintage Collection, a programme which showcases classic archive matches from the extensive WWE Video Library. Sky Sports_sentence_395

On 30 January 2014, Sky Sports announced they had signed another five-year deal with WWE. Sky Sports_sentence_396

Sky will now continue to exclusively broadcast WWE's flagship shows in the UK and Ireland through to 2019. Sky Sports_sentence_397

WWE pay-per-views were previously shown on Sky Sports for free roughly every five months, with all remaining pay-per-views being broadcast on Sky Sports Box Office at an additional cost. Sky Sports_sentence_398

However, as of 2015, all pay-per-views were broadcast on Sky Sports Box Office at a cost of £19.95. Sky Sports_sentence_399

On 20 June 2019, it was announced that WWE would be leaving Sky Sports after 30 years, with BT Sport taking over the rights from January 2020. Sky Sports_sentence_400


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