49 Facts About Sky Bet

1. Sky Bet has launched a pub finder for eager fans wanting to find a venue to watch Sky Sports.

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2. Sky Bet Sports News takes you through all of the day's racing news, plus Alex Hammond's tip of the day.

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

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

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5. Sky Bet Sports was the main broadcaster of the US Open until 2015 but decided not to renew its contract to broadcast this event in 2016.

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

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7. Towards the end of the contract, Sky Bet 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.

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

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9. Sky Bet will 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 RTE in the Republic of Ireland.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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16. Sky Bet showed at least 32 events on the European Tour including the Dubai World Championship.

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17. Since its inception in 1999, Sky Bet 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.

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

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19. Sky Bet 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.

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20. Sky Bet received first pick on Challenge Cup matches involving Premiership Rugby clubs.

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21. Sky Bet Sports first started broadcasting Home England Tests in 1999.

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

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23. Sky Bet 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 with Scott Minto and David Prutton hosting the games.

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24. Sky Bet Sports will show 126 live Premier League matches this season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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33. On 24 August 2016, Sky Bet launched Sky Bet 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.

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34. On 12 August 2014, Sky Bet 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.

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35. Sky Bet Sports acquired the rights to Scottish football and the League Cup.

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

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37. On 1 November 1995, Sky Bet launched a classic sports channel called Sky Sports Gold.

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38. On 19 August 1994, a secondary channel called Sky Bet Sports 2 was launched.

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39. At this point, Sky Bet Sports became a subscription channel, available with a monthly subscription on a standalone basis, or at a reduced price if taken with Sky's movie channels.

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40. Sky Bet 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.

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

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

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43. Sky Bet has made continual improvements to the app, which is always heartening to see.

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44. Sky Bet was always bound to hold wide appeal among British punters thanks to its association with the nation's number one sports broadcaster.

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45. Sky Bet Sports Fantasy Football in association with Gilette was improved and relaunched in 2011.

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46. In 2018, Sky Bet unveiled a new option that allows friends to create an accumulator bet together.

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47. In October 2017, Sky Bet became the first online bookmaker in the world to offer instant withdrawals from its online platform into customers' bank accounts.

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48. Sky Bet features heavily on the former 365 Media Group sites, as well as skysports.

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49. Sky Bet had a dedicated TV channel of the same name on Sky channel 864, which closed on 13 February 2012.

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