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Sky Sports to show more women’s cricket

Sky Sports is set to broadcast its biggest ever summer of women’s cricket, as part of an increased line-up of women’s sport in 2018, and has also retained rights to golf's first major championship, the Masters. 

Sky Sports will show 12 matches from the Kia Super League – nearly double the amount from last year - in addition to England women’s return to action against South Africa and New Zealand.

MATCHROOM SPORT ANNOUNCES NEW SKY SPORTS AGREEMENT

Matchroom Sport and Sky Sports have announced a new seven-year broadcast deal that will continue Sky’s coverage of Matchroom Sport events into a fourth decade.

Running until 2025, Sky customers will be able to watch a range of major events across eight different sports and comes alongside the continuation of Sky Sports’ broadcast agreement with the PDC, which will see 60 days of live darts broadcast on Sky each year.

BT & Sky to supply each other's channels

BT and Sky have agreed a new multi-year deal to sell their channels on each other’s platforms.

Under the deal, BT will now supply its sports channels - which show properties including the UEFA Champions League, Premier League football and Ashes cricket - to Sky.

In addition, BT will be able to sell Sky's Now TV service - which includes Sky Sports, Sky Cinema and the Sky Atlantic channel - to its customers through BT TV’s set top box.

Sky Sports signs new darts deal

Sky Sports has announced a new broadcast deal with the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).

The new seven-year deal takes Sky’s coverage of the sport into a fourth decade as the broadcaster prepares for its 25th World Darts Championship this month.

Running until 2025, Sky customers will be able to watch throughout the year including the sport’s biggest tournament, the William Hill World Darts Championship, as well as the 16-week Unibet Premier League, and the BetVictor World Matchplay.

Sky Sports signs £600m EFL deal

Sky Sports has signed a new £600m deal to show live coverage of the EFL until 2024. The new agreement means that from the start of the 2019/20 season, Sky Sports Football will show up to 183 matches live each year in the Sky Bet Championship, Sky Bet League One, Sky Bet League Two, Carabao Cup and Checkatrade Trophy - a 26% increase in the number of games on the current deal.

The deal, worth around £120million a year, represents an increase on the £90m-a-year terms of the current deal. Channel 5 have rights to show Football League highlights until 2018.

ECB ANNOUNCES MEDIA RIGHTS DEALS

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced the award of media rights for all of its domestic first-class county and international matches, played at home, from 2020-2024.

The new agreements secure strategic partnerships, wide distribution and increased financial investment to support the growth of the game, at all levels, in England and Wales. The partnerships with Sky Sports and BBC will deliver a combined income of £1.1 billion for all media rights for use in the UK and Ireland. 

Sky Sports to revamp Offering

Sky Sports 1,2,3,4 and 5 are to be replaced by channels dedicated to specific sports as part of a major shakeup which will see Sky introduce new subscription packages cheaper than current offerings.

The changes include the launch of themed channels, similar to Sky’s existing Formula One channel, for its sports including football- which will have two channels- golf and cricket. A fourth channel, Sky Sports Arena, will broadcast other sports including rugby and tennis.

British Canoeing Signs Sky Sports deal

British Canoeing has announced the launch of ‘Go Canoe!’, a brand-new series of eight programmes featuring canoeing that will be broadcast on Sky Sports throughout this summer.

The programmes will focus on the British athletes as they compete in the International Canoe Federation Slalom and Sprint World Cup events.

The series will also include tutorials introducing the various disciplines within the sport, together with magazine features about clubs, trails, adventures and athletes.

Vic Wakeling, former Sky Sports MD, dies aged 73

Vic Wakeling, the former Sky Sports managing director, has died at the age of 73. 

Having previously worked in print journalism in the North and Midlands, Vic Wakeling moved to Fleet Street with The Observer, Daily Express, People and London Evening News.

He then joined Sky Sports at its launch, and was part of the team that established the new service and developed its coverage of the Premier League from August 1992. He was also key in ensuring the channel won the rights to the top flight.

Sky Sports to show Se7ens Cup

Sky Sports and the Jacksonville Jaguars have announced that the Jaguars Se7ens Cup tournament will be featured as part of the broadcaster’s National Football League (NFL) coverage.

The Jaguars are offering an all-expenses-paid team trip to Super Bowl LII as a prize of the tournament. Tournament places sold out in just three weeks.

The TV coverage will be the first time that flag football has been on UK TV, with the Jacksonville Jaguars the only team to have committed to play at least one game in London until 2020.

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