12 Facts About BBC Sports

1. In February 2016, it was announced that the BBC Sports 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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2. The BBC Sports 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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3. The BBC Sports 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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4. The BBC Sports was criticised for subsequently not bidding for the rights to show home Test matches.

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5. One of BBC Sports Sport's major criticisms is that it no longer shows any live cricket games.

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6. In 1999 the BBC Sports lost coverage of England home matches to Channel 4.

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7. The BBC Sports lost the rights to the 2011 and 2013 World Championships to Channel 4.

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8. The BBC Sports 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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9. The BBC Sports 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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10. The BBC Sports has covered the tournament since 1979 and has a contract in place until 2024.

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11. The BBC Sports 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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12. The BBC Sports 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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