Sports broadcasting contracts in the United Kingdom

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This article refers to sports broadcasting contracts in the United Kingdom. For a list of sports broadcasting rights in other countries, see List of sports television broadcast contracts.

Certain sporting events are protected by the Ofcom Code on Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events and must be broadcast live and free-to-air on terrestrial television in the UK.

Football[edit]

Television[edit]

*** 2015–18: Live on BT Sport with highlights on ITV ***

  • Premier League: Sky Sports (116 live games (packages B, C, D, E and F)) and BT Sport (38 live games (packages A and G)) until 2016; BBC (highlights until 2016)
  • England football team: All qualifiers and friendlies live on ITV until 2018; highlights of all 2016 European Championship and 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Sky Sports[2]
  • FA Cup: BBC (16 live matches including one semi-final and shared final per season) and BT Sport (25 live matches including one semi-final and shared final per season) until 2018
  • UEFA Europa League: ITV (29 live matches including semi-finals and finals) and BT Sport (25 live matches per season) until 2015

*** 2015–18: Live on BT Sport with highlights on ITV ***

*** 2015–18: Sky Sports 112 live matches per-season, plus live play-off matches and final ***

Radio[edit]

128 live Premier League commentaries per season (to 2016); live commentaries from the Championship, FA Cup (until 2018), League Cup, Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, International qualifiers and friendlies involving England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland plus 16 live FA Women's Super League games and FA Women's Cup Final.

Live commentary from 2014 FIFA World Cup

Commentary from 5 Live on Sportsworld on approximately 50 Premier League matches per season plus commentary on selected FA Cup matches and League Cup Final

Live commentary on 64 Premier League matches per season and reports on all other matches (to 2016); live commentaries from Football League play-off finals, FA Community Shield, FA Cup, Football League Cup, UEFA Champions League and England friendly internationals

Live commentary from 2014 FIFA World Cup

32 live Premier League commentaries per season (to 2016)

Local commentaries on Premier League, Championship, FA Cup and League Cup matches

Match reports and goal flashes from all Premier League matches for UK commercial radio network
Commentaries on local radio stations including Radio City, Signal Radio, Free Radio 80s, Swansea Sound, Wish FM, Tower FM and Peak FM

Live commentary from all Scottish Premiership matches plus Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and Scotland international matches

Goal flashes from Scottish Premiership and Scottish Championship matches on Clyde 1 and other FM stations
Saturday afternoon match commentaries from Scottish Premiership and Scottish Championship matches on Clyde 2 and other AM stations

Commentary on all Swansea City, Cardiff City, with reports or commentary on Newport County and Wrexham

Reports and live commentary on Irish League, Irish Cup, Irish League Cup, Setanta Cup and Northern Ireland International matches.

Cricket[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Test Match Special Live commentary on all England home Test, ODI and T20 matches until 2019
Commentaries on England overseas Tours and World Cup matches
Commentary on County Cricket, One-Day Cup and T20 Blast finals

Reports every 15 minutes on England Test, ODI and T20 matches

Reports every 15 minutes on England home Test, ODI and T20 matches

Commentary on all 2014 County matches on BBC Sport website. Selected matches on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and on BBC Local Radio.
All Derbyshire matches on BBC Radio Derby 1116 AM, all Worcestershire matches on BBC Hereford and Worcester 738 AM and all Hampshire matches on BBC Radio Solent 999 AM.

Hourly reports from England home Test, ODI and T20 matches for UK commercial radio network

Rugby Union[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Commentary on Six Nations, Autumn Internationals, Aviva Premiership and European Rugby Champions Cup matches

Reports on Six Nations, Autumn Internationals and European Rugby Champions Cup matches
Reports and commentary on Aviva Premiership matches.

Reports on Six Nations, Aviva Premiership and European Rugby Champions Cup matches for UK commercial radio network

Commentary on all Wales international matches
Commentary on British and Irish Lions tests on BBC Radio Cymru

Commentary on all Ulster European Rugby Champions Cup matches and commentary on Ireland Six Nations and Autumn International matches; commentary on selected Ulster Pro12 matches

Commentary on all Scotland Six Nations matches

Tennis[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Commentary on Wimbledon, US Open, French Open, Australian Open, ATP World Tour Finals, Queens Club Championships plus Davis Cup and selected ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events

Commentary on Wimbledon men's and women's singles finals

Reports on Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Australian Open

Reports on Wimbledon for UK commercial radio network

Golf[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Commentary on The Open Championship, U.S. Open, US Masters, PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup

Reports on The Open Championship, U.S. Open, US Masters, PGA Championships and the Ryder Cup

Reports on The Open Championship for UK commercial radio network

Commentary on the Scottish Open on 810 MW

Motor Sport[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

All Formula One races live, qualifying sessions and some practices on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
Live commentary on British Moto GP

Live commentary of the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix

Live commentary on Isle of Man TT races on Manx Radio TT on 1386 AM

Boxing[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Commentary on major fights involving British boxers

Multi-disciplines events[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Reports and commentary from IAAF World Championships, European Athletics Championships, IAAF Diamond League and UK Athletics major events
Commentary on London Marathon

Rugby League[edit]

Television[edit]

*** 2017-21: 80 live games per season on Sky Sports ***[37]

  • Challenge Cup: one fourth round match, one fifth round match, two quarter-finals, two semi-finals and final live on BBC until 2016; one fourth round match, one fifth round match and two quarter-finals live on Sky Sports until 2016
  • World Club Challenge: Live on Sky Sports until 2021; highlights on BBC

Radio[edit]

Snooker[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Reports on World Snooker Championships, UK Championship and Masters events

Reports on World Snooker Championships

Horse Racing[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Commentary on all major races with full coverage of Cheltenham Festival, The Grand National and The Derby until 2016[42]

5 Live commentary on The Grand National

Reports and commentary on major meetings including Cheltenham Festival, The Grand National and The Derby

Equestrianism[edit]

Television[edit]

Darts[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Live commentary on final of PDC World Darts Championship in 2014

Reports from PDC World Darts Championship

Rowing[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Commentary on The Boat Race

Cycling[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Tour de France reports on Five Live; commentary on Sports Extra and BBC Sport website

Swimming[edit]

Television[edit]

Triathlon[edit]

Television[edit]

Gymnastics[edit]

American Football[edit]

Television[edit]

*** 2015–19: Live on Sky Sports [49] ***

Ice Hockey[edit]

Television[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Television[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Television[edit]

Winter Sports[edit]

Sailing[edit]

Television[edit]

Gaelic Games[edit]

Television[edit]

  • GAA: 20 live games on Sky Sports including All-Ireland football and hurling semi-finals and final until 2017; 26 GAA Championship games and 30 Allianz League games on Premier Sports until 2017

Radio[edit]

GAA live coverage of the Ulster Club and Ulster Senior Football Championships, and games in the National League, qualifiers and All-Ireland Championship involving Ulster counties until 2017

Shinty[edit]

Television[edit]

Netball[edit]

Television[edit]

Badminton[edit]

Television[edit]

Bowls[edit]

Television[edit]

Australian Rules Football[edit]

Television[edit]

Beach Volleyball[edit]

Television[edit]

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