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Sky Sports
Launched 25 March 1990
Owned by BSkyB
Audience share 2.9% (All Sky Sports channels)
(March 2007, [1])
Formerly called The Sports Channel
Website www.sky.com/sports
Availability
Terrestrial
Freeview Sky Sports News - Channel 83
Satellite
Sky Digital Channels 401-405, 408, 409
Cable
Virgin Media
(ex-NTL)
Channels 511-513, 516
Virgin Media
(ex-Telewest)
Channels 511-514
UPC Ireland
(ex NTL Ireland)
Channels 402-405 and 408
UPC Ireland
(ex Chorus Digital)
Channels 60-62
Tiscali TV Channels 551-554

Sky Sports is the brand name for a group of 9 channels. Sky Sports is the dominant pay-television sports brand in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. It has played a major role in the increased commercialisation of British sport since 1990, sometimes playing a large role in inducing organisational changes in the sports it broadcasts, most notably when it encouraged the FA Premier League to break away from the Football League in 1992. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (900x156, 27 KB) Summary fair use Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... March 25 is the 84th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (85th in leap years). ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Freeviews retro logo Freeview is a brand name, owned by DTV Services Ltd. ... Sky Digital is the brand name for British Sky Broadcastings digital satellite television service, transmitted from SES Astra satellites located at 28. ... Virgin Media Inc. ... Virgin Media Inc. ... UPC Ireland N.V. is Liberty Global Europes operation in Ireland. ... NTL Communications (Ireland) Limited is a cable television and MMDS company in the Republic of Ireland. ... UPC Ireland N.V. is Liberty Global Europes operation in Ireland. ... Chorus Communications is a communications provider in Ireland, it offers internet, television and telephone services. ... Tiscali TV is a UK-based consumer Video on Demand service. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... The Football League is an organisation representing 72 professional football clubs in England and Wales, and runs the oldest professional football league competition in the world. ...


Sky Sports 1, 2, 3, and Xtra are available as a premium package on top of the basic package. These channels are also available as options on nearly every cable system in the UK and Ireland. Unlike the other channels, Sky Sports News is provided as part of the basic package and also broadcasts on Freeview. Sky Sports is perhaps best known for its football coverage, due to this it suffers a loss of viewers in the summer when no football is played. Freeviews retro logo Freeview is a brand name, owned by DTV Services Ltd. ...

Contents

History

The early years (1990-1998)

THE REAL HISTORY OF SKY SPORTS

Sky Sports share of viewing 2000-07

Sky Sports originally began broadcasting of sports events as The Sports Channel in March 1990, as part of the British Satellite Broadcasting service on cable, becoming available on the Marcopolo satellite the following month. Sky Television did not originally launch with a sports channel of their own - though sports programmes were occasionally broadcast on Sky Channel - but instead chose to invest in Eurosport instead, which was marketed as one of Sky's four channels upon its launch on 5 February, 1989. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 750 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 800 pixel, file size: 27 KB, MIME type: image/png) Sky Sports viewing figures I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 750 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1000 × 800 pixel, file size: 27 KB, MIME type: image/png) Sky Sports viewing figures I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... BSB logo British Satellite Broadcasting (BSB) was a company set up in 1986 to provide direct broadcast satellite television services to the United Kingdom. ... Marcopolo 1 and 2 (spelled thus) were two satellites launched in 1989 in order to carry the five television channels of Britains official direct broadcast satellite company, British Satellite Broadcasting. ... Sky Television corporate identity from 1989, maintained by British Sky Broadcasting until 1995 Sky Television plc was a four-channel satellite television service launched by Rupert Murdochs News International on February 5, 1989. ... Sports channels are television specialty channels (usually available exclusively through cable and satellite) broadcast sporting events, usually live, and when not broadcasting events, sports news and other related programming. ... Eurosport is the largest European sports satellite and cable network available in 54 countries and broadcasting in 18 different languages. ... February 5 is the 36th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On 2 November 1990, British Satellite Broadcasting and Sky Television announced that they would be merging. At first the Sports Channel gained a "British Sky Broadcasting" suffix on its logo, however from 6 April 1991 - when the channel debuted on the SES Astra 1B satellite - it was rebranded as Sky Sports. Sky and Eurosport discontinued their partnership upon the launch of Sky Sports, even though Eurosport continued to be available on the Astra platform. November 2 is the 306th day of the year (307th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 59 days remaining. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... April 6 is the 96th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (97th in leap years). ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... SES Astra SA, a subsidiary of SES Global, is a Luxembourg-based (in Betzdorf) corporation which owns and operates the Astra series of geostationary satellites, which transmit approximately 1100 analogue and digital television and radio channels via 176 transponders to 91 million households across Europe. ...


The channel was sold as one of the major draws of the Sky system. Sky Sports was sold as a subscription channel and encrypted using the VideoCrypt system. It was the second Sky channel to be encrypted (following Sky Movies in 1990. It initially aired sports such as rugby and golf in 1990, before acquiring rights to German and Italian league football in 1990. VideoCrypt is a cryptographic, smartcard-based conditional access television encryption system that scrambles analogue pay-TV signals. ... Sky Movies is the collective name for the British premium subscription television movie channels operated by Sky Television, later British Sky Broadcasting. ...


However, it was following formation of the FA Premier League for the 1992/1993 football season, believed to have been assisted by the promise of higher TV payments, that Sky Sports became well known. By bidding £305m, BSkyB beat the BBC and ITV to acquire the live and exclusive FA Premier League football broadcasting rights for the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland for a five-year period. In doing so, they had taken live top-flight English league football from terrestrial and free-to-air television for the first time in its history. For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion... It has been suggested that Channel 3 (UK) be merged into this article or section. ... For the Scottish equivalent see Scottish Premier League The FA Premier League (often referred to as the Barclays Premiership in England and the Barclays English Premier League or just simply The EPL internationally) is a league competition for football clubs located at the top of the English football league system... Football (soccer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


In 1995, the channel launched Soccer AM, a slapstick morning chat show, talking mostly about football events around the world, along with many gags in the world of soccer and the media. This show has proved highly successful, and is still airing as of today. The current presenters are Tim Lovejoy and Helen Chamberlain. It became a media phenomenon for a short period of time in the early 2000s when they lead a campaign to save a man from his non-football tolerating wife. The Save Chip! campaign was mentioned on non-Sky news channels, and even made its way into the title sequences of a number of football simulation computer games. It was also given notable fame for the word bouncebackability which was entered into the Collins Dictionary, and for the Easy Chant which has been used at football matches around the country and even the world. Following the success of the show a spin-off show launched in 2002, Soccer AM's All-Sports Show. The show deals with all sports, and is currently presented by Helen Chamberlain and Andy Goldstein. SOCCER AM on 20th Jan 2007 featuring the Klaxons, Al Murray, Joey Barton, Bobby Zamora Soccer AM is a British Saturday-morning football show presented by Tim Lovejoy and Helen Chamberlain. ... The Simpsons character, see Reverend Timothy Lovejoy Timothy Paul Lovejoy (born 28 March 1968), is a British television presenter, famous for his Saturday morning football programme on Sky Sports - Soccer AM - alongside co-host Helen Chamberlain. ... Helen Marie Chamberlain (born April 2, 1967 in Street, Somerset) is a presenter of the popular British Saturday morning sports show Soccer AM and Friday-evening sports show Soccer AMs All Sports Show, both shown on Sky Sports. ... SOCCER AM on 20th Jan 2007 featuring the Klaxons, Al Murray, Joey Barton, Bobby Zamora Soccer AM is a British Saturday-morning football show presented by Tim Lovejoy and Helen Chamberlain. ... This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... Collins was a Scottish printing company founded by a schoolmaster, William Collins, in Glasgow in 1819. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Soccer AMs All Sports Show is a television programme that is a spin-off of Sky Sports popular Saturday-morning show Soccer AM, launched in 2002. ...


Prior to the start of the 1996-97 season Sky Sports 3 was launched. The launch promotion involved many top sporting figures such as Dennis Bergkamp and Ryan Giggs to help the launch of the channel. Sky Sports had also acquired the rights to Scottish football and the Coca-Cola Cup. The 1996-1997 season was the 117th season of competitive football in England. ... Dennis Nicolaas Maria Bergkamp (born May 10, 1969 in Amsterdam) is a retired Dutch professional footballer. ... Ryan Joseph Giggs (born Ryan Joseph Wilson on 29 November 1973 in Cardiff) is a Welsh football player. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ...

Sky Sports Ident Circa. 1997
Sky Sports Ident Circa. 1997

Sky Sports Gold started on 1 November 1995 and ended as a separate channel by 1997 but only really petered out (as a filler slot on the other Sky Sports channels) by 2001. Image File history File links Skysportsoneident1997. ... Image File history File links Skysportsoneident1997. ... November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 60 days remaining. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Sky Digital (1998 - )

October 1998 saw BSkyB launch Sky Digital. The move to Sky Digital saw the launch of two new sports channels in quick succession. First Sky Sports News, a 24-hour rolling sports news channel launched. This was followed by Sky Sports Xtra, in March 1999. The channel was initially available exclusively on Sky Digital. However, by summer 2003, the channel had launched on Virgin Media. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Sky Digital is the brand name for British Sky Broadcastings digital satellite television service, transmitted from SES Astra satellites located at 28. ... Sky Sports News (SSN) is a 24-hour sports news channel in the United Kingdom. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ...


On 22 August 1999, Sky utilised a feature of, the then new, Sky Digital system to allow an interactive football match to be shown. Viewers were given the ability to choose the things such as which camera they viewed during the Arsenal vs. Manchester United. The concept proved popular[1] and soon Sky used the new interactive service, known as Sky Sports Active, for other sports. August 22 is the 234th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (235th in leap years), with 131 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... There are several conceptual views of interactivity, the most general being the contingency view. ... Arsenal Football Club (also known as Arsenal, The Arsenal or The Gunners) are an English professional football club based in Holloway, north London. ... Manchester United Football Club are a world-famous English football club, based at the Old Trafford stadium in Trafford, Greater Manchester, and are one of the most popular sports clubs in the world, with over 50 million supporters worldwide. ... There are several conceptual views of interactivity, the most general being the contingency view. ... First ever Sky Sports Active, 1999 Sky Sports Active is a term used by British TV channel, Sky Sports, to describe their interactive sports service. ...


Around 2001, a cross-branding deal ensured that a quiz version of Championship Manager would be produced with the Sky Sports name on it. Kirsty Gallacher was the host of the PlayStation 2 quiz. 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Championship Manager is a series of British computer games, the first of which was released in 1992. ... Kirsty Gallacher Kirsty Jane Gallacher (born January 20, 1976, Edinburgh) is a Scottish television presenter often specialising in sport programmes. ... The PlayStation 2 , abbreviated PS2) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ...


In 2004, Sky signed an exclusive deal to broadcast live English cricket matches for four seasons from 2006 to 2009 for a fee of £55 million a year.[2] As with other of their exclusive deals this has caused some controversy, as the matches would no longer be available on terrestrial TV. Sky also signed an exclusive deal with the BCCI to televise the tour of India, worth around £352m. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The logo of the England Cricket Team which shows the three Lions of England below a five-pointed crown The England cricket team is a cricket team which represents England and Wales, operating under the auspices of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... 2009 (MMIX) will be a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the defunct bank see Bank of Credit and Commerce International Currently BCCI is run by the most corrupt people in the world . ...


Sky purchased the horse racing channel, Attheraces from Channel 4. Attheraces was insolvent, and despite being promoted as part of the Sky Sports line up, had failed to turn a profit. At the Races is a United Kingdom television channel, formerly run by Channel 4, but now owned by British Sky Broadcasting. ... It has been suggested that Channel Four Television Corporation be merged into this article or section. ...


Prior to the start of the 2004-05 season, Football First, an interactive football programme was launched. The show typically airs at 8.25pm and replays full coverage of the day's featured Premiership match, followed by 50 minutes of highlights from every Premiership match played on the day, which gives the viewer a choice to see a match of their choice. Sky Sports won the rights to air 'near-live' coverage of the Barclays Premiership, permitting Football First to air for another three years. The 2004-2005 season was the 125th season of competitive football in England. ... Football First is an interactive television programme which offers Sky Sports viewers extended highlights of every Premiership match played on the day, which fans can also choose which games they would like to watch, just after the full match. ...


Sky Sports also snapped up the rights for the A1 Grand Prix and has won the rights to Speedway, for the next five years. The channel also has the rights to American sports, including NFL and WWE. A1GP (formerly A1 Grand Prix) is an open-wheel auto racing series. ... Motorcycle speedway, or more often just Speedway is a motor racing sport that uses specially made motorcycles that have no brakes, run on methanol, use only one gear and must weigh a minimum of 80 kg. ... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ...


Sky Sports Channels

Sky Sports Xtra

Sky Sports Xtra was the fourth Sports Channel launched by Sky Sports. It airs repeats and live events of many Sky Sports programmes, such as La Liga. The channel launched in April 1999, and is a free bonus channel for those who subscribed to both Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2. Image File history File links Sky Sports Xtra File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Liga de Fútbol Profesional (Professional Football League), commonly known as La Liga, is the professional football league in Spain. ...


The channel was originally launched as Sky Sports Extra but later rebranded to Sky Sports Xtra. The name Extra rather than Sky Sports 4 was chosen as the original intention of the channel was to simulcast sporting events showing on the main channels with the addition to interactive services. Simulcast is a contraction of simultaneous broadcast, and refers to programs or events broadcast across more than one medium at the same time. ...


More recently the channel has stopped simulcasting, and the interactive services have moved to the main Sky Sports channels. Sky Sports Xtra now shows live and recorded sports events, and is in an effect a fourth main Sky Sports channel.


Sky Sports HD Channels

Sky Sports have recently launched two new HD channels. Sky Sports HD launched on February 13, 2006, and currently airs live cricket, live Barclays Premiership Football, live Football League as well as Guinness Premiership Rugby. Sky has also announced that this year's Ryder Cup will be televised in HD. In July 2006 Sky Sports HD 2 launched on Sky Digital channel 409, at the same time Sky Sports HD 1 moved to channel 408, with Sky Sports News switching to channel 405. There is also an HD version of PremPlus, "PremPlus HD" currently broadcasted on Sky channel 483. It has been anounnced that the new season of Rugby League Super League will be broadcast in HD from the start of the season in Feburary. The NFL Super Bowl was the first american event/final to be broadcast in HD in the UK. Image File history File links SkySportsHD.JPG Summary Official Sky Sports HD Logo Licensing This is a logo of a television station, network, corporation, or other organization, and is protected by copyright and/or trademark. ... Projection screen in a home theater, displaying a high-definition television image. ... February 13 is the 44th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The Guinness Premiership is the present name for the leading (not for much longer) rugby union league competition for English clubs. ... The Ryder Cup is a golf trophy contested biennially in an event officially called the Ryder Cup Matches by teams from Europe and the United States. ... Sky Sports News (SSN) is a 24-hour sports news channel in the United Kingdom. ...


Sky Sports News

Main article: Sky Sports News

Sky Sports News is a 24-hour sports news channel operated by Sky Sports. Sky Sports News launched on the 1 October 1998, with Sky Digital becoming BSkyB's first digital only channel. On 10 April 2000, Sky Sports News relaunched as Sky Sports.com TV, a move to bring it tie in to the launch of the skysports.com website. However, the name was soon reverted back to Sky Sports News. Sky Sports News (SSN) is a 24-hour sports news channel in the United Kingdom. ... Image File history File links Sky Sports News File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The channel replaced Sky Sports Centre, a news show at 6pm, devoted to the key events in the sporting world. The show famously broke the news that Kevin Keegan would resign as Newcastle United boss, with immediate effect.


Presenters on the channel include Ian Payne, Simon Thomas and Georgie Thompson. Ian Payne (born December 1962 in Germany) is a British television broadcaster who (as of 2005) works for Sky Sports as presenter of its FA Cup and League Cup coverage. ... Simon Thomas (born 28 December 1963) is a Welsh politician. ... Georgie Thompson (born 1980) is a British broadcast journalist and television presenter on Sky Sports News, where she has worked since January 2001. ...


At the Races

Main article: At The Races

At The Races was founded by Channel 4, but purchased by a partnership between British Sky Broadcasting, Arena Leisure PLC and 28 (out of the 59) UK racecourses in July 2004. At the Races is a United Kingdom television channel, formerly run by Channel 4, but now owned by British Sky Broadcasting. ... Image File history File links At_The_Races_logo. ... It has been suggested that Channel Four Television Corporation be merged into this article or section. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The station focuses on horse racing from the UK, Ireland, North America and Germany, showing many live races and related shows. The station is "affiliated" with various betting companies, since gamblers are generally the sports main audience. Horse-racing is an equestrian sporting activity which has been practiced over the centuries; the chariot races of Roman times were an early example, as was the contest of the steeds of the god Odin and the giant Hrungnir in Norse mythology. ... Gambling (or betting) is any behavior involving risking money or valuables (making a wager or placing a stake) on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event in which the outcome of that activity depends partially or totally upon chance or upon ones ability to do something. ...


PremPlus

Main article: PremPlus

PremPlus is a pay-per-view channel which is dedicated to airing live Premiership Football. PremPlus launched on 18 August 2001, showing 40 pay-per-view matches from the English Premier League. The main presenter on PremPlus is Marcus Buckland with former Arsenal manager George Graham, providing punditry. Premiership Plus is Sky Sports first PPV Channel, which is dedicated to airing Live and Interactive Premiership Football from the Premier League. ... Image File history File links Premplus. ... Pay-per-view is the name given to a system by which television viewers can call and order events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ... August 18 is the 230th day of the year (231st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... See: George Graham (soldier), was United States Secretary of War ad interim from October 16, 1816, to December 9, 1817 George Graham (clockmaker), 17th/18th-century English clockmaker and inventor George Graham (mountaineer) George Graham (footballer), Scottish football (soccer) player and manager George Graham (governor) 18th century governor of Newfoundland...


The channel was called Premiership Plus from 2001 to 2004, before being shortened to the current PremPlus for the beginning of the 2004-05 season. Currently the channel shows 50 matches per season.


PremPlus will cease to exist as from the last match of the 2006-07 season, due to the new Premier League television rights deal.


Sky Sports programming

Sky own exclusive UK and Ireland, or UK-only exclusivity rights to a number of sports, most notably the ones listed below. They also transmit a large range of other sports.


Football

Sky Sports signed an exclusive deal with Ford in 2001[3]

Ford Football Special Titles, 1996
Ford Football Special Titles, 1996

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Premiership

Live Premiership coverage has been a critical factor of the success of Sky Sports. The foundations of Sky Sports have been built on the coverage and allowed a dramatic growth in the number of subscribers in homes as well as pubs.


Sky has had rights to the Premiership since 1992 when the Division One clubs broke off from the Football League to form the Premier League. The first live Premiership game televised was Nottingham Forest's 1-0 win over Liverpool in August 1992. The millions and then billions of pounds which Sky has brought into the game has changed English football almost beyond recognition[citation needed]. Sky Sports have introduced many new features into coverage of the game since 1992 including the initially-controversial permanent on-screen clock and score, an idea that was subsequently copied by American sports and by other British sport producers[citation needed]. The Football League is an organisation representing 72 professional football clubs in England and Wales, and runs the oldest professional football league competition in the world. ...


BSkyB's relationship with the FA Premier League had caused a stir with the EU, which eventually intervened and ended Sky's 13-year monopoly of live broadcasting rights. BSkyB's current deal allowed the company to win four of the six tiered live rights packages and left the BBC with the two highlights packages. These events left the European Commission 'unhappy' and representatives of the Commission expressed views that the league had a lot of 'serious questions' to answer.


The deal was reviewed by the Commission, who came to the conclusion that they would threaten to take legal action against the Premier League if it failed to agree new arrangements giving other broadcasters a share of live TV coverage of matches. The EU believed that it would give 'better choice and value' for viewers.


Following the agreement, rival bids were launched. NTL and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin, ITV and Channel 4 were some of the big names that launched their own bids. Irish broadcaster Setanta also declared that it would make a bid, depending on the overall concepts in the 'bidding wars'. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Virgin Media, Telewest and Virgin. ... The Virgin Group Ltd is a group of separately run companies that each use Virgin brand of English celebrity business tycoon Sir Richard Branson. ... It has been suggested that Channel Four Television Corporation be merged into this article or section. ... Young Cúchulainn, 1912 illustration by Stephen Reid. ...


Sky Sports won the rights to four out of the six available live rights packages for the 2007/08 season and beyond, with another Pay TV company, Setanta Sports winning the remaining two. Despite losing two of the packages, the broadcaster will show even more live matches from the 2007/08 season, making better use of the matches available to it. Sky Sports' flagship football show, Super Sunday will not be affected by the loss of packages, but Sky Sports will be closing its PPV channel Prem Plus at the end of the 2006-07 season. Pay television, or pay-TV, usually refers to subscription-based television services, usually provided by both analogue and digital cable and satellite, but also increasingly by digital terrestrial methods. ... Setanta Sports (pronounced Seh-tan-tah) is a leading Irish international sports broadcaster, operating 12 channels in 24 countries. ... Ford Super Sunday is Sky Sports flagship live football programme, televised most Sundays throughout the Barclays Premiership season at 3pm on Sky Sports 1. ... PremPlus or Premiership Plus is Sky Sports first and only PPV Channel, which is dedicated to airing Live and Interactive Premiership Football from the Premier League. ... The 2006-2007 season is the 127th season of competitive football in England. ...


Football League

Following the collapse of ITV Digital in 2002, the Football League reformed a connection with Sky to show live coverage of its divisions and the League Cup. The contract runs until 2007 and is worth around £250m. ITV Sport have rights to show highlights from the Football League and the League Cup.[4] This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The Football League is an organisation representing 72 professional football clubs in England and Wales, and runs the oldest professional football league competition in the world. ... The Football League Cup, commonly known as the League Cup, is an English football competition. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


UEFA Champions League

In 2003, BSkyB won joint rights to coverage of the UEFA Champions League with ITV, who had previously held exclusive rights with all matches shown on their channels only. ITV got first choice of 2 matches on Tuesdays, with Sky taking the remaining six, and all eight matches on a Wednesday. Matches that are not shown on one of the Sky Sports channels are usually available through the interactive service. In 2005, Sky Sports and ITV renewed their Champions League contract up until 2009. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... It has been suggested that Channel 3 (UK) be merged into this article or section. ...


FA Cup

Sky Sports initially broadcast matches from the FA Cup and also international matches involving the England national football team. Today it continues to show both, now sharing live coverage with the BBC. Note: for the full results of all FA Cup finals, see FA Cup Final The FA Cup - this is the fourth trophy, in use since 1992, and identical in design to the third trophy introduced in 1911. ... First international Scotland 0 - 0 England (Partick, Scotland; 30 November 1872) Biggest win Ireland 0 - 13 England (Belfast, Ireland; 18 February 1882) Biggest defeat Hungary 7 - 1 England (Budapest, Hungary; 23 May 1954) World Cup Appearances 12 (First in 1950) Best result Winners, 1966 European Championship Appearances 7 (First in... The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion...


In a joint deal with the BBC, Sky Sports had secured the rights to the FA Cup in June 2000.[5] Under the three-year deal, Sky had been given live and interactive coverage to the competition, which previously was occupied by ITV. The channel on the other hand, did not have the choice of first pick of games. Sky Sports had also had rights to every home Live England International, until the BBC picked up the coverage in 2004. The British Broadcasting Corporation, usually known as the BBC (and also informally known as the Beeb or Auntie) is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion... Note: for the full results of all FA Cup finals, see FA Cup Final The FA Cup - this is the fourth trophy, in use since 1992, and identical in design to the third trophy introduced in 1911. ... 2000 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December This is a timeline for events in June, 2000. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Internationals

Currently, Sky Sports holds the rights to every home Live Scotland and Wales Internationals, whilst sharing coverage of away ties with the respective BBC Nations, BBC Scotland and BBC Wales. Sky Sports also show some of Englands away Internationals Live and delayed coverage of home games.Republic of Ireland matches are also shown and coverage is shared with RTE. BBC Scotland (BBC Alba in Gaelic) is a constituent part of the British Broadcasting Corporation, the publicly-funded broadcaster of the United Kingdom. ... BBC Wales (Welsh: ) is a division of the British Broadcasting Corporation for Wales. ... Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ; English: Radio and Television of Ireland) is the national state broadcaster of Ireland. ...


Spanish La Liga

Skysports also show live matches from the Spanish La Liga on Saturday and Sunday nights. They also show a review show called "Revista de la liga" on Tuesdays.


Rugby league

The power of television over sport can perhaps be best portrayed by the change of rugby league from a winter sport to one played during the summer months under the banner of the Super League. These changes caused great controversy when they were introduced in 1996, yet they have been seen by many as positive and as having an impact even greater than the broadcaster has had with football. The sport is now seen as being in a healthy state with two or three live matches from the Super League every week fronted by Mike 'Stevo' Stephenson and Eddie Hemmings. Live Super League broadcasts rank amongst the top 10 most watched programmes in a week on Sky Sports regularly. Sky has sold rights to a highlights package of the Super League to BBC Sport. Rugby league football is a full-contact team sport played by two teams of thirteen on a rectangular grass field. ... Super League (Europe) began in March 1996 and is the only full-time professional rugby league competition operating in the northern hemisphere. ... Mike Stephenson is the popular Sky Sports rugby league presenter. ... Eddie Hemmings is the name of two notable men in British sports: Eddie Hemmings (cricketer) (born 20 February 1949) is an off-spinner who played sixteen Test Matches for England between 1982 and 1991. ... The current BBC Sport logo BBC Sport is the sports division of the BBC. It became a fully dedicated division of the BBC in 2000. ...


Sky also hold the rights to show the Rugby League Tri-Nations live, whilst highlights are shown on BBC Sport. Sky also announced in 2007 that they had bought the rights to televise National League matches midweek. Australia's National Rugby League competition was shown until 2005-06 season when Setanta Sports outbid Sky for the rights. The Rugby League Tri-Nations (also known as the Gillette Tri-Nations for sponsorship reasons) is a rugby league tournament involving the top three nations in the sport: Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain. ... Setanta Sports (pronounced Seh-tan-tah) is a leading Irish international sports broadcaster, operating 12 channels in 24 countries. ...


Rugby union

Shot of the Sky Sports rugby union studio, 2006
Shot of the Sky Sports rugby union studio, 2006

Sky began its live coverage of what is now known as the Guinness Premiership on the 10 September 1994 with the match between Bath Rugby and Bristol Rugby and continues to do so by showing one live match, usually on a Saturday, every week. Image File history File links SkySportRugbyUnion. ... Image File history File links SkySportRugbyUnion. ... The Guinness Premiership is the present name for the leading (not for much longer) rugby union league competition for English clubs. ... Official website bathrugby. ... Bristol Rugby are the first class rugby club in Bristol, England. ...


In 2003, it began its coverage of the Heineken Cup, outbidding previous rights holder BBC Sport with its offer of £20 million for 3 years.[6] For the first time in 2006, Sky Sports will hold exclusive rights to live Heineken Cup rugby in the UK and ROI, with RTE only able to show tape-delayed coverage and S4C able to show only highlights. The Heineken Cup sponsored by Heineken (known as the H Cup in France due to alcohol advertising laws) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from the Six Nations: England, France, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Italy. ... The current BBC Sport logo BBC Sport is the sports division of the BBC. It became a fully dedicated division of the BBC in 2000. ... Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ; English: Radio and Television of Ireland) is the national state broadcaster of Ireland. ... S4C (Sianel Pedwar Cymru, which is Welsh for Channel Four Wales) is a television channel in Wales. ...


Sky Sports has also had exclusive UK rights for live coverage of the last three British and Irish Lions tours. This is partly because of Sky's links with News Corporation television channels in the southern hemisphere. Sky's links with News Corporation, also allows them to show live matches from the Super 14 competition. For the Great Britain Lions rugby league football team of similiar title, go to Great Britain national rugby league team First match Otago 3 - 8 Lions (as Great Britain) (28 April 1888) Largest win Manawatu 6 - 109 Lions (28 June 2005) Worst defeat New Zealand 38 - 6 Lions (16 July... News Corporation (abbreviated to News Corp) (NYSE: NWS, NYSE: NWSa, ASX: NWS, LSE: NCRA) is one of the worlds largest media conglomerates. ... The Super 14 is the largest rugby union championship in the southern hemisphere, consisting of provincial teams from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. ...


Sky Sports rugby coverage is presented by Simon Lazenby and Dewi Morris, with commentary for internationals and Guinness Premiership from Miles Harrison and Stuart Barnes. Sky will often take the host broadcasters commentary for Super 14 and Tri-Nations, with commentators including Hugh Bladen, Murray Mexted and Tony Johnson. Stuart Barnes (born 22 November 1962 in Grays, Thurrock in the county of Essex) is a former English rugby union footballer, and now sports commentator for Sky Sports. ... Two rugby tournaments are known as the Tri Nations: See Rugby League Tri-Nations for the rugby league competition. ...


Cricket

Sky was the first broadcaster to show live coverage of an overseas tour involving the England cricket team on the tour to the West Indies in 1990. It has maintained this coverage with commentators and statisticians such as David Lloyd, Ian Botham, Nasser Hussain, Benedict Bermange and Richard Isaacs. With this line-up Sky has acquired most of the cricket rights which are available, both in England and abroad. Sky has the live rights to all English domestic cricket and, following the controversial agreement made in December 2004 with the England and Wales Cricket Board it has the rights to live coverage of all England internationals. The logo of the England Cricket Team which shows the three Lions of England below a five-pointed crown The England cricket team is a cricket team which represents England and Wales, operating under the auspices of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ... David Lloyd (born March 18, 1947 in Accrington, Lancashire, England) is a former English cricketer who played county cricket for Lancashire and also played Test cricket and one-day international cricket for England. ... Ian Terence Botham OBE, (born November 24, 1955 in Heswall, Cheshire) (nicknamed Both, Beefy, Beef or Guy the Gorilla) is a retired England Test cricketer. ... Nasser Hussain (born March 28, 1968, Madras (now Chennai, India) is a former Essex and England cricketer. ... Richard Victor Isaacs (born Southampton 4 November 1972) is an English cricket statistician. ... The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is the governing body of cricket in England and Wales. ...


Boxing

Following the departure of Frank Warren's Sports Network to ITV during 2005, many of the top British boxers no longer fight on Sky. However, many top American fights are still broadcast as well as the remainder of Britain's top fighters including Ricky Hatton. Some of the channels top fights are shown on the Pay-Per-View channel Sky Box Office instead of Sky Sports. Presenters and commentators for Sky Sports' coverage include Paul Dempsey, Wayne McCullough and Johnny Nelson. It has been suggested that Channel 3 (UK) be merged into this article or section. ... Richard Hatton MBE (born October 6, 1978 in Manchester) is an English boxer raised on the Hattersley council estate in Hyde, Greater Manchester, Great Britain. ... Sky Box Office is the name of BSkyBs Pay Per View (PPV) system. ... The lead singer of Australian based rock group Something for Kate. ... Wayne McCullough (born July 1970, in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a professional boxer who currently fights in the Junior Featherweight category. ... Johnny Nelson (born 4 January 1967) is a former professional boxer from Sheffield, England. ...


World Wrestling Entertainment

WWE Raw, live on Sky Sports 3, 2005

In 1989, Sky Sports acquired the rights to WWF Wrestling (now World Wrestling Entertainment or WWE), from America. Image File history File links WWE_SkySports. ... Image File history File links WWE_SkySports. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


As of late 2004, Sky signed a new deal giving them the rights to show WWE Wrestling until 2010.[7] Part of the deal states that major PPV's such as WrestleMania would be part of the Sky Box Office pay-per-view service, and that SmackDown's first broadcast would move from Sky One to Sky Sports. As part of the deal, RAW is now shown live on Sky Sports 3 early Tuesday morning. SmackDown is broadcast in Britain before it is aired in America: on Friday nights. Sky Sports 1 shows 6 WWE PPV's free and live a year. WWE Heat is also shown on Sky Sports despite only being available in the US as a webcast. Sky also broadcast WWE's third brand, Extreme Championship Wrestling. For a couple of months it replaced WWE Velocity on Sunday mornings. It is now shown two nights after the US broadcast after a viewer complained to Ofcom in August 2006 about a image in the opening credits, and Sky agreed to air the program after the watershed. Official WrestleMania logo WrestleMania is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment since 1985. ... WWE Friday Night SmackDown is a professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the flagship broadcast of the SmackDown brand. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) is a professional wrestling brand of World Wrestling Entertainment, based on the independent promotion Extreme Championship Wrestling that lasted from 1992 to 2001. ... WWE Velocity, also known as simply Velocity, was a professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Ofcom is a regulator for communication industries in the United Kingdom. ... Watershed is a term used in the United Kingdom (as well as Canada) to describe a time in television schedules beyond which it is permissible to show television programmes which have adult content. It is known in the US as Safe Harbor. Adult content can be generally defined as having...


The deal of 14 Pay-Per-Views did not account for WWE's extra pay-per-views which have been added subsequently, and therefore WWE Cyber Sunday and ECW December to Dismember would not have been picked up by Sky. However, a last-minute deal was struck between Sky and WWE, that allowed both of the PPVs to be shown live on Sky Sports 1.[8] Cyber Sunday is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. ... December to Dismember is a professional wrestling event first held by the original Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in 1995 as a regular event. ...


Motor Racing

Sky Sports also broadcasts major motorsport events. This includes:

A1GP (formerly A1 Grand Prix) is an open-wheel auto racing series. ... A1 Team Great Britain is the British team of A1 Grand Prix, an international racing series. ... The 2005-06 A1 Grand Prix season is the inaugural season for the A1 Grand Prix series. ... The Indy Racing League, better known as IRL, is the sanctioning body of a predominantly American based open-wheel racing series. ... Indy 500 redirects here. ... Grand Prix Masters is a one-make motor racing series featuring retired Formula One drivers. ... The British Superbike series is the leading motorsport motorcycle racing championship in the United Kingdom. ... Motorcycle speedway, or more often just Speedway is a motor racing sport that uses specially made motorcycles that have no brakes, run on methanol, use only one gear and must weigh a minimum of 80 kg. ... The Speedway World Cup is an annual motorcycle speedway event held each year in different countries. ... Speedway Grand Prix are a series of stand-alone speedway events over the course of a season used to determine the Speedway World Champion. ...

References

  1. ^ Sky Sports Active is the third most popular reason for people to join Sky; Independent Article, June 2001
  2. ^ Channel 4 Test coverage bowled out by Sky and Five Guardian Unlimited. URL accessed on December 15, 2004
  3. ^ BSkyB Press Release:Sky Sports and Ford Announce Premier League Sponsorship BSkyB URL accessed on June 22, 2001
  4. ^ League agrees improved TV deals BBC Sport. URL accessed on June 10, 2005
  5. ^ BSkyB and BBC get FA Cup rights Digital Spy URL accessed on June 16, 2000
  6. ^ ERC Rugby: Sky Sports 3-Year Deal
  7. ^ Sky secures five-year WWE deal Sky Sports. URL accessed on November 24, 2004
  8. ^ Sky to show 2 major WWE PPV's Sky Sports. URL accessed on November 1, 2006

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External links

  • Sky Sports at sky.com
  • Irish tailored version of the Sky Sports website
  • Pub Widescreen Campaign encourages and educates British pubs in how to show Sky Sports in true widescreen.

News Articles

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  • ITV and Sky rapped over World Cup

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