Sky unveil long term deals for six major sports
Sky aims to strengthen the breadth and quality of coverage on Sky Sports
Sky Sports has unveiled new deals that secure the right for them to provide coverage of six sports. This enables the digital TV provider to expand its current sports broadcasting to bring the following events to fans.
British & Irish Lions Tour - Rugby fans will be able to follow all the action on Sky when the Lions tour New Zealand in 2017. This will include live coverage of all the Test matches played against the All Blacks.
Rugby League - A five year deal from 2017 will enable Sky Sports to continue broadcasting top class rugby league action from the Super League. More than 80 games will be broadcast live each year from the start of the season until the Grand Final.
World Wrestling Entertainment - From 2015 to 2020 WWE fans will be able to enjoy over 600 hours of wrestling entertainment each year. The best WWE shows will be broadcast each week and Sky will also cover twelve pay-per-view specials each year.
Cricket from New Zealand - A seven year deal enables Sky to show New Zealand playing against the other powerhouses of Test cricket. This includes England’s tours of the country in 2018 and 2020.
Scottish FA - This four year deal runs to the end of the 2017/18 season and will bring fans Scottish Cup and Scottish FA Youth Cup football, as well as live coverage of the Scotland national team’s friendly matches.
Elite League Speedway - Sky entertainment will include another five years of speedway action from the Elite League. Fans will be able to take in coverage of at least 25 meetings a year.
The managing director of Sky Sports, Barney Francis, hailed the deals and stated “These agreements secure even more fantastic live sport for our audience.”