The Pro14 cross-border rugby union league has today (Monday) concluded rights deals in the UK and Northern Ireland with pay-television broadcaster Premier Sports and free-to-air digital television channel FreeSports, with the former set to launch a new channel to showcase its coverage.
UK pay-television broadcaster Premier Sports has acquired exclusive rights to home friendly matches played by Northern Ireland’s national football team.
The BBC Sport Northern Ireland division of UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has agreed a four-season extension to its rights deal with the Irish Football Association.
The BBC Northern Ireland division of UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has acquired live rights to the national football team’s home friendly games ahead of its participation at the Uefa Euro 2016 tournament.
UK commercial broadcaster ITV has struck a deal to acquire 100 per cent of Irish commercial broadcaster UTV, which owns the television assets of UTV Media, for a total cash consideration of £100m (€136.7m/$154.8m).
The NI Football League, which operates Northern Irish football’s top tier Premiership, has agreed a long-term live streaming partnership with TrackChamp.
UK commercial broadcaster Channel 4 has acquired rights for the Armoy Road Races motorcycling event in Northern Ireland.
The BBC Northern Ireland division of UK public-service broadcaster the BBC has acquired rights for the 2014 Giro d’Italia cycling race.
Public-service broadcaster BBC Northern Ireland has extended its rights deal to the North West 200 motorcycling event for a further five years.