69 Facts About Sky Sports


Sky Sports is a group of British subscription sports channels operated by the satellite pay television company Sky Group, and is the dominant subscription television sports brand in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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

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At this point from 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.

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On 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.

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Sky Sports extended its contract from 2016 to last through 2024; beginning in 2019, Sky Sports became the exclusive broadcaster of all F1 races excluding the British GP which will be broadcast on the free-to-air Channel 4.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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On 13 August 2016, selected Sky Sports events became available to watch in UHD for the first time.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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On 5 August 2021, Sky Sports acquired the rights to Germany's Bundesliga and Supercup for the following four seasons.

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On 21 June 2021, Sky Sports won the live broadcast rights to the FA Women's Super League for the next three seasons through to 2024.

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The presenter of the WSL on Sky Sports is Caroline Barker, and the main studio pundits are Karen Carney and Casey Stoney.

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Sky Sports 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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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.

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

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In 2020, while 2021 IPL season all 60 matches shown on Sky Sports, Sky Sports won rights to show all games from the inaugural season of the Lanka Premier League.

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Sky Sports first started broadcasting Home England Tests in 1999.

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Sky Sports have international cricket rights to matches played in India, Pakistan and South Africa.

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Coverage of women's cricket on Sky Sports is presented by Nick Knight, Mark Butcher or Mel Jones alongside commentators, Charles Dagnall, Adam Collins, Ebony Rainford-Brent, Lydia Greenway and Charlotte Edwards.

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Sky Sports unveiled a new presentation team for coverage of The Hundred.

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Sky Sports holds the rights to broadcast New Zealand, Australia, South Africa tests and The Rugby Championship.

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

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

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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, 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.

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

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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.

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Sky Sports 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 seven events per year from the LPGA Tour.

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Sky Sports 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.

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

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Since the creation of the World Darts Council in 1992, since renamed the Professional Darts Corporation, 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, the game's then sole ruling body, Sky Sports has broadcast the new organisation's main darts tournaments live, which currently includes the following.

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

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

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

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Sky Sports has covered the NFL since 1995 and following a deal in August 2020 in which Sky and the NFL has agreed a new five-year partnership which sees Sky continue to broadcast games until the end of the 2024 season.

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In 2018, Sky Sports signed a four-year deal to broadcast the NBA in the United Kingdom.

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

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Sky Sports would have exclusive rights in both the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom to 14 of these matches, with the remaining six matches being simultaneously broadcast by RTE as the deal covered the years from 2014 to 2016.

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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.

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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.

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Until 2022 Sky Sports held 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.

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

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Sky Sports was the long-time home of La Liga, the top-tier of Spanish domestic football, having broadcast the competition for 21 years.

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

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

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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.

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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 three years.

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

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

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

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

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Sky Sports was the broadcaster of ATP Tour events from 2002 until 2018, when Amazon Prime Video became the exclusive UK broadcaster, to 2022.

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Sky Sports was able to bid to regain broadcast rights to the US Open for 2023 when Amazon did not extend its contract in 2022.

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

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In 1994, Sky Sports won the contract to show fights promoted by Matchroom Sport and the two enjoyed a deal which lasted for 27 years.

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In 1989, Sky Sports acquired the rights to World Wrestling Federation, which later changed its name to World Wrestling Entertainment in May 2002 due to legal issues with World Wide Fund for Nature.

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On 30 January 2014, Sky Sports announced they had signed another five-year deal with WWE, it will now continue to exclusively broadcast flagship shows in the United Kingdom and Ireland through to 2019.

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