UK pay-television broadcaster Sky’s extension of its rights deal for The Open is an attempt to shore up its dominant position in golf in the UK and Ireland against the threat of GolfTV, the dedicated channel run by the Discovery-PGA Tour joint venture, SportBusiness Media understands.
Match-choice restrictions placed by Spain’s LaLiga on the free-to-air package in its UK and Ireland rights tenders for the 2019-22 cycle may limit interest from broadcasters, according to industry experts spoken to by SportBusiness Media.
Over 5.5 million viewers tuned in to watch Sunday’s Merseyside derby in the English Premier League, breaking the UK audience record for the competition on Sky Sports.
Sky has joined fellow UK pay-television broadcaster BT Sport in distancing itself from talks over the proposed fight deal between British world heavyweight champions Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury
Rory McIlroy will headline a made-for-TV golf event on May 17 that will attempt to raise $4m for Covid-19 relief efforts
Football’s English Premier League is considering providing matches on a free-to-air basis if its 2019-20 season resumes, according to UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden.