28 Facts About BBC Sport

1. BBC Sport operates a sub-site of BBC Online which supplements the television and radio services of the department.

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2. BBC Sport has developed a large team to cover its range of sports.

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3. In February 2016, it was announced that the BBC Sport would cover the inaugural Professional Darts Corporation-sanctioned Champions League of Darts and as a consequence, its 38-year association with the British Darts Organisation came to an end.

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4. BBC Sport had shown full coverage of the Paralympics since the 1980s with the amount of coverage increasing in the 2000s to include some live coverage of the 2008 Paralympic Games.

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5. BBC Sport had coverage of the British and World Superbikes for a few years—often showing the World Championship version live.

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6. The BBC Sport provided live coverage of all races from 2009 to 2011, but from 2012 to 2015 the BBC showed 10 races live each season and highlights of all the races including the ones shown live.

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7. BBC Sport covered Formula One from 1978 until 1996 and from 2009 to 2015.

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8. The BBC Sport gave up the rights to the British Touring Car Championship at the end of 2001, with the rights eventually being picked up by ITV.

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9. BBC Sport covered the World Rally Championship until 2001, when Channel 4 bought the rights.

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10. The BBC Sport was criticised for subsequently not bidding for the rights to show home Test matches.

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11. In 1999 the BBC Sport lost coverage of England home matches to Channel 4.

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12. BBC Sport had monopolised the sports commentary market on British radio since the BBC's conception but since 2000, has lost coverage of some sporting events to competitors including TalkSPORT.

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13. BBC Sport regained coverage of the Boat Race from ITV Sport who pulled out of coverage after the 2009 event.

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14. BBC Sport previously held the rights to live coverage, highlights and live radio coverage of the NFL from 2007 to 2013.

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15. BBC Sport holds joint rights to live coverage of one of the four men's major golf championships, the US Masters, covering Saturday and Sunday's play live and broadcasting highlights of Thursday and Friday's play.

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16. The BBC Sport lost the rights to the 2011 and 2013 World Championships to Channel 4.

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17. The BBC Sport have the rights to show coverage of each Diamond League meeting on the red button, with the two British rounds and final two meetings live on BBC Two and selected meetings on BBC Three.

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18. BBC Sport covers events such as the Commonwealth Games, the European Athletics Championships, domestic British athletics and mass-participation events such as the London Marathon and the Great North Run.

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19. BBC Sport showed the 2014 Commonwealth Games with more coverage than ever before.

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20. BBC Sport holds the exclusive terrestrial rights to show Summer Olympic Games and Winter Olympic Games and has shown live coverage of every Summer Olympics since 1960.

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21. BBC Sport shows live coverage of the Challenge Cup including both semi-finals and the final, the Four Nations and the Rugby League World Cup.

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22. The BBC Sport held the live rights to the Autumn Internationals for the Scottish and Welsh sides as well as highlights of the English team.

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23. BBC Sport has exclusive free to air TV rights for 8 singles matches from the ATP World Tour Finals which includes the semi final and the final.

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24. The BBC Sport has covered the tournament since 1979 and has a contract in place until 2024.

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25. BBC Sport currently holds the rights to broadcast the Wimbledon Tennis Championships and the Queen's Club Championships live on its television platforms.

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26. The BBC Sport will broadcast all its matches from the 2018 World Cup in 4K UHD and VR to a limited number of viewers subject to bandwidth.

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27. In 2017, BBC Sport launched a new on-air identity, becoming the first BBC property to implement the broadcaster's new corporate typeface.

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28. The BBC Sport holds the television and radio UK broadcasting rights to several sports, broadcasting the sport live or alongside flagship analysis programmes such as Match of the Day, Test Match Special, Ski Sunday, Today at Wimbledon and previously Grandstand.

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