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Sky extends PDC rights deal

UK pay-television broadcaster Sky has sealed a new seven-year rights deal with the Professional Darts Corporation.

The agreement will run for seven years, from 2018-19 to 2024-25.

The deal includes the World Darts Championship, the Premier league and the World Matchplay. The broadcaster will also show the World Grand Prix, Grand Slam of Darts and World Cup of Darts.

Under the agreement, Sky will show 60 days of live darts action per year, as well as a new monthly magazine programme called The Darts Show, which will be available on the Sky Sports Action and Sky Sports Arena channels from January.

The Sky Sports Main Event channel will also simulcast live action on specific days.

Sky has been a rights-holder since the 1993-94 campaign, when it broadcast the World Championship.