51 Facts About BBC Sport


BBC Sport is the sports division of the BBC, providing national sports coverage for BBC television, radio and online.

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The BBC 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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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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The BBC Sport aired 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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The BBC Sport regained rights to highlights of all England's home Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

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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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The BBC Sport produce over 900 hours of footage that is distributed to broadcasters in 159 countries.

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

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BBC Sport holds rights to show daily TV highlights from the Australian Open.

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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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The BBC Sport covered the event originally between 2009 and 2011, followed by an extension for 2012 and 2013.

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

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

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However, in November 2011 it was announced that the BBC Sport has obtained the TV, radio and online rights to the 2015 and 2017 IAAF World Athletics events, It was announced Channel 4 decided to hand the rights to the 2013 Championships to the BBC Sport.

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Since 2016, Sky Sports has exclusive UK rights to The Open with the BBC showing a two-hour highlights programme every night.

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In February 2016, it was announced that the BBC Sport would cover the inaugural PDC Champions League of Darts.

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On 9 September 2015, the BBC Sport announced that the NFL would return to its screens in an initial 2-year deal that includes the rights to show the NFL London Games live with at least one match being exclusively live.

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The BBC Sport show weekly highlights and magazine shows, which started in November 2015.

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The BBC Sport highlights show is presented by Dan Walker alongside Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell.

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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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Since 2012, the BBC aired live weekly radio coverage of the NFL on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and air the Super Bowl on BBC TV and BBC Radio 5 Live in 2012 but Jake Humphrey stepped down and was replaced by Mark Chapman.

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In 2018, the BBC signed a deal to split the TV rights with Sky Sports for the Netball World Cup in Liverpool.

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

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BBC Sport holds the rights to the Invictus Games which is presented by Clare Balding, Ade Adepitan, Johnathan Edwards.

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BBC Sport has rights to highlights of Equestrianism from Badminton Horse Trials and Burghley Horse Trials.

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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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Horse racing coverage on the BBC Sport had declined in recent years and finished altogether at the end of 2012 when Channel 4 won the rights to the Grand National, Royal Ascot and the Epsom Derby.

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The BBC Sport had lost many tracks over the years such as the Cheltenham Festival and other Cheltenham meetings went to Channel 4 in 1995, meetings from Newbury moved to Channel 4 in 2002 and after 50 years Glorious Goodwood and other Goodwood meetings were lost to Channel 4 in 2007.

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The Derby was won back after many years in 2001, when the BBC Sport gained rights to The Oaks, which had only ever previously been shown by ITV and Channel 4 .

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In 1999, the BBC lost coverage of England home matches to Channel 4 and subsequently, one of the major criticisms of BBC Sport was that it did not show any live cricket and this was further enhanced when the BBC did not subsequently bid for the rights to show home Test matches.

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BBC Sport did broadcast highlights of the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20 and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

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

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

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The BBC Sport provided live coverage of all races from 1995 to 1996 and again from 2009 to 2011, but from 2012 to 2015 the BBC Sport showed 10 races live each season and highlights of all the races including the ones shown live.

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The BBC Sport always showed the British Grand Prix and the final race live.

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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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The BBC Sport showed all MotoGP races, with all qualifying sessions live via the BBC Sport Red Button.

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None of the BBC Team were recruited by BT Sport for the 2014 season.

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However BBC Sport still gives comprehensive coverage of the Irish Road Racing Championship, the International North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix together with other Road Racing meetings within Ireland together with the Southern 100 Motorcycle Races on the Isle of Man.

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BBC Sport had shown 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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BBC Sport covered the BDO World Championships from its inception in 1978 until 2016.

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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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The BBC Sport covered the BDO Winmau World Masters from 2001 to 2010 but this coverage was lost to ESPN.

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The BBC Sport had only shown very limited coverage of the event, often only showing the finals and then sometimes only as highlights.

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

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Until 2011, the BBC Sport website hosted an online sports forum entitled 606, named after the original start-time of the radio programme – six minutes past six.

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BBC Sport offers a service on the BBC Red Button interactive television service.

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