Sports broadcasting contracts in the United Kingdom

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This article refers to sports broadcasting rights 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.

Qualifying free-to-air channels are BBC ONE, BBC TWO, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. With OFCOM permission, certain events are allowed to be broadcast on supplementary channels such as BBC FOUR, BBC Red Button and ITV4.

Association Football[edit]

Television[edit]

Broadcasting Contracts for Football (Television)
Event Broadcaster Broadcast Details
FIFA World Cup Finals BBC Sport[1] All 2018 and 2022 matches live on BBC Sport and ITV Sport
ITV Sport[2]
FIFA Confederations Cup ITV Sport Live in 2017
European Championship Finals BBC Sport All Euro 2020 matches live on BBC Sport and ITV
ITV Sport
European Qualifiers Sky Sports World Cup 2018, Euro 2020 and World Cup 2022 qualifying matches live on Sky Sports and ITV
ITV Sport
Nations League Sky Sports Live in 2018-19 and 2020–21
Copa América Premier Sports All 32 matches live in 2016
Africa Cup of Nations Eurosport All matches live on Eurosport until 2019
CONCACAF Gold Cup BT Sport Live in 2017
AFC Asian Cup Eurosport Live in 2015
FIFA Club World Cup N/A No UK broadcaster in 2016
UEFA Champions League BT Sport Live on BT Sport until 2018 with 12 live matches including final available free-to-air on BT Sport Showcase
***2018-2021: Live and highlights on BT Sport***
[3][4]
ITV Sport Highlights on ITV until 2018
UEFA Europa League BT Sport Live until 2018 with 14 live matches including final available free-to-air on BT Sport Showcase
***2018-2021: Live and highlights on BT Sport***
ITV Sport Highlights until 2018
UEFA Super Cup BT Sport Live until 2018
ITV Sport Highlights.
CONMEBOL Libertadores Premier Sports 32 live matches per season
CONMEBOL Libertadores Premier Sports 30 live matches per season
CONMEBOL Recopa Premier Sports Live until 2018
Premier League Sky Sports Sky Sports: 126 live games (packages A, C, D, E and G) until 2019
BT Sport BT Sport: 42 live games (packages B and F) until 2019
BBC Sport Highlights
FA Community Shield BT Sport Live until 2018
BBC Sport Highlights
FA Cup BBC Sport 16 live matches per season including Final until 2021. Additional matches involving Welsh clubs on BBC Wales / S4C
BT Sport BT Sport: 25 live matches per season including final until 2018
***2018-2021: 30 live matches per season including final***
English Football League Sky Sports Sky Sports 112 live matches per-season, plus live play-off matches and final until 2019[5][6][7][8]
Channel 5 Highlights until 2018
EFL Cup Sky Sports 15 live matches per season until 2019
Channel 5 Highlights on until 2018
La Liga Sky Sports Over 150 live matches per season until 2018.[9]
S4C Highlights.
Copa del Rey Sky Sports Live until 2018.[9]
Bundesliga BT Sport Live until 2021.[10]
ITV Sport Highlights on ITV4
Serie A BT Sport[11] Live until 2018
Coppa Italia Sky Sports Live
Ligue 1 BT Sport[11] Live
Coupe de la Ligue BT Sport Live
Eredivisie Sky Sports Live until 2018[12]
Major League Soccer Sky Sports Live until 2019[13][14][15]
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A
Campeonato Paulista
BT Sport[16] Up to 100 live matches per season
Copa do Brasil Eurosport Live
Argentine Primera División Eurosport Live plus Highlights.
A-League BT Sport[17] Up to 5 matches live per week.
FFA Cup BT Sport Live
Belgian Pro League Premier Sports Live
EFL Trophy Sky Sports Area Finals and Final live until 2019.
Channel 5 Highlights of final until 2018.
National League BT Sport 30 live matches per season until 2018, including all 5 play-off matches plus weekly highlights.
FA Trophy BT Sport Final live.
FA Vase BT Sport Final live.
FA Youth Cup ITV Sport Four matches including Final live on ITV4.
England football team ITV Sport All friendlies and qualifiers live on ITV until 2022.
Sky Sports Nations League matches live until 2021.
England under-21 national football team BT Sport Home friendlies and qualifiers live until 2018.
Wales football team Sky Sports Qualifiers live
BBC Sport Friendlies live
ITV Sport Highlights of qualifiers
S4C Qualifiers live
Scotland football team Sky Sports Qualifiers and home friendlies live until 2018.
ITV Sport Highlights of qualifiers.
Republic of Ireland national football team Sky Sports Qualifiers live.
Premier Sports Home friendlies live.
ITV Sport Highlights of qualifiers.
Northern Ireland football team Sky Sports Qualifiers live.
Premier Sports Home friendlies live until 2018.[18]
ITV Sport Highlights of qualifiers.
Scottish Professional Football League Sky Sports 30 live matches per season until 2020
BT Sport 30 live matches per season plus play-offs live until 2020[19]
BBC Alba 3 live Premiership matches, 35 delayed matches on Saturday evenings and 16 live lower division matches
BBC Scotland Highlights
Scottish Cup Sky Sports 9 live matches including Final until 2018
BBC Scotland 5 live matches including Final until 2018
Scottish League Cup BT Sport 13 live matches each season until 2020
Scottish Challenge Cup BBC Alba Up to 21 live matches on BBC Alba, Premier Sports and S4C
Premier Sports
S4C
Scottish Junior Cup BBC Alba Final live
Scottish Youth Cup Sky Sports Live until 2018
Welsh Premier League S4C One weekly live match plus highlights on Sgorio on Mondays[20]
Welsh Cup S4C One live game from round three onwards plus highlights
NIFL Premiership Sky Sports Up to 5 live matches until 2022
BBC Northern Ireland Highlights on Final Score from Northern Ireland and Irish League Show
Irish Cup BBC Northern Ireland Highlights plus Final live
Northern Ireland Football League Cup Sky Sports Final live until 2022
Northern Ireland Milk Cup BBC Northern Ireland Highlights plus Final live
BBC Red Button
FA Women's Cup BBC Sport Final Live
FA Women's Super League BT Sport 12 live matches per season plus weekly highlights.
BBC Sport Highlights
FIFA Women's World Cup BBC Sport All matches live on BBC in 2019
UEFA Women's Championship Channel 4 All England and Scotland matches. one semi-final and final live on Channel 4
Eurosport
FIFA U-20 World Cup
FIFA U-17 World Cup
FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup
FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup
Eurosport Live
UEFA European Under-21 Championship BT Sport All 15 matches live in 2015

Radio[edit]

Radio Station Events
BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra 144 live Premier League commentaries per season (to 2019); 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 UEFA Euro 2016

BBC World Service 5 Live commentary on Sportsworld on approximately 50 Premier League matches per season plus commentary on selected FA Cup matches, League Cup Final and UEFA Champions League final
Talksport Live commentary on up to 90 Premier League matches per season and reports on all other matches with 28 Premier League Saturday 3pm matches on Talksport 2 (to 2019); live commentaries from EFL play-off finals, FA Community Shield, FA Cup, EFL Cup, Champions League, Europa League, England friendly internationals, England away qualifiers and other home nations away international qualifiers and friendlies.

Live commentary from Euro 2020 finals on Talksport and Talksport 2
Selected Champions League, Europa League, International friendlies and La Liga matches on Talksport 2

BBC Local Radio Local commentaries on Premier League, Championship, FA Cup and League Cup matches
Independent Radio News Reports and goal flashes from all Premier League matches to UK commercial radio network
Wireless Group Commentaries on local radio stations including Signal 2, Signal 107, Pulse 1, Swansea Sound, Wish FM, Tower FM, Radio Wave 96.5 and Peak FM
Viking 2 Commentary on all Hull City matches
BBC Radio Scotland Live commentary from all Scottish Premiership matches plus Scottish Cup, Scottish League Cup and Scotland international matches
BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru Commentary on all Swansea City, Cardiff City matches and commentary on Newport County and Wrexham matches
BBC Radio Ulster Live commentary on Irish League, Irish Cup, Irish League Cup, Setanta Cup and Northern Ireland International matches
Clyde 1 Reports and goal flashes from Saturday afternoon Scottish Premiership matches

Rugby Union[edit]

Television[edit]

Broadcasting Contracts for Rugby Union (Television)
Event Broadcaster Broadcast Details
Rugby World Cup ITV Sport Live until 2023[21]
Sevens World Series Sky Sports; ITV Sport Live on Sky Sports; highlights on ITV4
World Rugby Under 20 Championship ITV Sport Live on ITV4 until 2019
Women's Rugby World Cup ITV Sport Live on ITV4 in 2017
RBS Six Nations BBC, ITV and S4C England, Ireland and Italy home matches on ITV; Wales, Scotland and France home matches on BBC: all Wales matches live on S4C until 2021
British and Irish Lions Sky Sports Live in 2017.[22]
England Autumn internationals Sky Sports; highlights on BBC Live on Sky Sports until 2020; highlights on BBC until 2019
England Saxons Sky Sports Live until 2020
England Under 20s and England Under 18s Sky Sports Live until 2020
England Women's Internationals Sky Sports Live until 2020
Wales Autumn Internationals BBC and S4C Live on BBC until 2018; live on S4C
Scotland Autumn internationals BBC Live until 2016
Ireland Autumn internationals Sky Sports Live until 2017
France Autumn internationals Premier Sports Live in 2016
Italy Autumn internationals BT Sport Live in 2016
The Rugby Championship and SANZAAR Tests Sky Sports Live until 2020
European Rugby Champions Cup BT Sport and Sky Sports BT Sport and Sky Sports each show five group matches per round, two quarter-finals, one semi-final and the final until 2018
European Rugby Challenge Cup BT Sport and Sky Sports Live until 2018
Guinness Pro12 Sky Sports, BBC Wales, S4C, BBC ALBA, BBC Scotland and BBC Northern Ireland 30 live regular season matches on Sky Sports (plus semi-finals and final live (33 in total)); 22 live matches on BBC Wales; 22 live matches on S4C; live matches on BBC ALBA (with selected games on BBC Scotland); All Ulster matches not broadcast by Sky Sports on BBC Northern Ireland until 2017-18
Aviva Premiership BT Sport; highlights on ITV Up to 69 live matches per season on BT Sport until 2016-17 with 9 live matches available free-to-air on BT Sport Showcase; highlights on ITV until 2016-17 *** 2017-18 to 2020-21: Up to 80 live matches per season on BT Sport ***[23][24][25]
Premiership Rugby Sevens Series BT Sport and S4C; highlights on ITV Live on BT Sport; highlights on ITV Sport.
Anglo-Welsh Cup BT Sport Live in 2016–17
The Varsity Match BBC Live until 2019; women's Varsity Match live on BBC Red Button
RFU Championship Sky Sports Minimum of 11 matches per season live until 2020
Melrose Sevens BBC Scotland Live
Top 14 Sky Sports; highlights on S4C 55 matches per season live until 2019; highlights on S4C.
Super Rugby Sky Sports Live until 2020
Mitre 10 Cup Sky Sports Live until 2020
Currie Cup Sky Sports Live until 2020
Principality Premiership S4C Live

Radio[edit]

Commentary on Six Nations, Autumn Internationals, Aviva Premiership and European Rugby Champions Cup matches
Live commentary on 2015 Rugby World Cup

Commentary on all Wales international matches
Live commentary on all Wales matches in 2015 Rugby World Cup
Commentary on British and Irish Lions tests on BBC Radio Cymru

Commentary on all Ulster European Rugby Champions Cup matches and selected Ulster Pro 12 matches.
Live commentary on Ireland Six Nations and Autumn International matches
Live commentary on all Ireland matches in 2015 Rugby World Cup

Commentary on all Scotland Six Nations matches
Live commentary on all Scotland matches in 2015 Rugby World Cup

Commentary on Aviva Premiership matches on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2; reports on Six Nations and Aviva Premiership matches on talkSPORT; commentary on British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand 2017.

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

Cricket[edit]

Television[edit]

Broadcasting Contracts for Cricket (Television)
Event Broadcaster Broadcast Details
Test Match Cricket in England and Wales Sky Sports All matches live until 2019[26]
Channel 5 Daily highlights until 2017[27]
One-day International and International Twenty20 Cricket in England and Wales Sky Sports All matches live until 2019
Channel 5 Daily highlights until 2017
Overseas Test Match and ODI Cricket Sky Sports Live coverage of all England overseas Tours, plus Tests and ODIs from India (until 2018) and Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and New Zealand (until 2020) [28]
BT Sport Live coverage of Test Match, international and domestic cricket in Australia, including the 2017/18 Ashes[29]
ICC Cricket World Cup Sky Sports Live until 2023[30]
ITV Broadcast highlights of 2015 Cricket World Cup
Zee Cinema
ICC Women's World Cup Sky Sports Live until 2021[31]
ICC Champions Trophy Sky Sports Live until 2021[31]
ICC World Twenty20 Sky Sports Live until 2020[31]
One-day and Test Match Cricket in Asia Zee Cafe Live matches from Bangladesh, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka (does not include matches against England).
County Championship Sky Sports Two live matches per season until 2019
Royal London One-Day Cup Sky Sports Live coverage until 2019
T20 Blast Sky Sports 36 live matches per season until 2019
Indian Premier League Sky Sports 60 live matches per season until 2017[32]
Big Bash League BT Sport and Channel 5 All matches live on BT Sport until 2020, five matches live on Channel 5. Highlights on BT Sport Showcase
Caribbean Premier League Dave Five live matches, including the final, plus delayed coverage of all other matches in 2016
Pakistan Super League PTV Prime Live coverage
Bangladesh Premier League Prime TV Live
Haier National T20 Cup Global TV Live until 2018
Celebrity Cricket League Rishtey Live until 2018

Highlights of ICC events on BBC Sport website until 2019
Highlights of England home Tests, ODIs and T20 matches on BBC Sport website

Radio[edit]

Test Match Special Live commentary on all England home Test, ODI and T20 matches until 2019
Commentaries on England overseas tours, plus ICC Cricket World Cup and ICC World Twenty 20 matches

Commentary on all 2016 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
All Hampshire matches on BBC Radio Solent 999 / 1359 AM
Kent One-Day Cup and T20 Blast matches on BBC Radio Kent 774 AM
Essex One-Day Cup and T20 Blast matches on BBC Radio Essex 765 AM
All Lancashire matches on BBC Radio Lancashire 855/1557 AM

Commentary on all 2016 ICC World Twenty20 matches
Commentary on Indian Premier League matches
Commentary on T20 Blast matches

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

Tennis[edit]

Broadcasting Contracts for Tennis (Television)
Event Broadcaster Broadcast Details
Majors
Wimbledon BBC Live, and extensive highlights, until 2024[33]
Eurosport Daily highlights and live coverage of the finals until 2020
US Open Eurosport Live until 2017[34]
French Open ITV Live until 2018.[35] Majority of coverage broadcast on ITV4 with the finals being shown on the main ITV network
Eurosport Live until 2021[34]
Australian Open Eurosport Live until 2021[36]
BBC Highlights
ATP
ATP World Tour Finals Sky Sports All matches live until 2017
BBC Live coverage of afternoon sessions and the final until 2018
ATP World Tour
ATP World Tour Sky Sports Various live tournaments through the calendar until 2018
Eurosport Live coverage of several tournaments through the tour
WTA
WTA Tour BT Sport Live coverage of 52 tournaments per year until 2019
Other Tournaments
Queen's Club Championships BBC Live until 2024[37]
Eurosport Live until 2017
Eastbourne International BBC Live coverage
Eurosport Live until 2017
BT Sport
International Premier Tennis League Sky Sports Live coverage
Davis Cup BBC Live coverage of Great Britain matches until 2017
Federation Cup BT Sport Live on BT Sport
Hopman Cup Eurosport Live until 2017

Radio[edit]

Commentary on Wimbledon, US Open, French Open, Australian Open, BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, selected ATP Masters 1000 events, ATP World Tour Finals plus Queens Club Championships and Great Britain Davis Cup matches

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

Commentary from French Open and nine ATP Masters 1000 events and ATP World Tour Finals on talkSPORT2

Golf[edit]

Broadcasting Contracts for Golf (Television)
Event Broadcaster Broadcast Details
Majors
The Open Championship Sky Sports Exclusively live until 2021[38]
BBC Daily highlights broadcast on BBC Two until 2021
The Masters Sky Sports Live coverage of all four rounds until 2017[39]
BBC Highlights of Rounds 1 and 2 plus live coverage of Rounds 3 and 4 until 2019. Coverage is broadcast on BBC Two.
US Open Sky Sports Live until 2019[40]
PGA Championship Sky Sports Live until 2018
PGA Tour
US PGA Tour events Sky Sports 32 live PGA Tour events, all four Fedex Cup play-offs, and the Presidents Cup until 2021[41]
European Tour events Sky Sports 32 live events through the year until 2018
LPGA Tour Sky Sports Up to seven events live
Other events
Ryder Cup Sky Sports Live coverage until 2018
BBC Highlights until 2018
World Golf Championships events Sky Sports Live coverage until 2018
BMW PGA Championship Sky Sports Live coverage until 2018
BBC Highlights until 2018
Scottish Open Sky Sports Live coverage until 2018
BBC Highlights until 2018
Wales Open Sky Sports Live coverage
BBC Highlights on BBC Wales

Radio[edit]

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

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 and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra until 2021

Live commentary of the North West 200 and Ulster Grand Prix

Live commentary on Isle of Man TT races on Manx Radio TT on 1368 AM

Live commentary on MotoGP races

Boxing[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Commentary on major fights involving British boxers

Mixed Martial Arts[edit]

Television[edit]

Multi-disciplines events[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

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]

Radio[edit]

Over 70 live Super League commentaries per season and Challenge Cup commentaries on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra; reports on BBC Radio 5 Live

Over 100 live Super League commentaries per season on talkSPORT 2 until 2017; reports on talkSPORT

Commentaries on Super League, Championship and Challenge Cup matches

Commentary on Wigan and St Helens matches on Wish FM and Warrington and Widnes matches on Wire FM

Snooker[edit]

Television[edit]

Horse Racing[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Commentary on all major races with full coverage of Cheltenham Festival, The Grand National and The Derby[58]

5 Live commentary on The Grand National

Commentary on major meetings including Cheltenham Festival, The Grand National and The Derby on talkSPORT and talkSPORT2

Equestrianism[edit]

Television[edit]

Darts[edit]

Television[edit]

Rowing[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Tour de France commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and BBC Sport website
UCI Road World Championships and World Track Championships: Live on Sports Extra

Swimming[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Triathlon[edit]

Television[edit]

Gymnastics[edit]

Television[edit]

American Football[edit]

Television[edit]

Radio[edit]

Ice Hockey[edit]

Television[edit]

Field Hockey[edit]

Television[edit]

Basketball[edit]

Television[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Television[edit]

Winter Sports[edit]

Television[edit]

Sailing[edit]

Television[edit]

Gaelic Games[edit]

Television[edit]

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]

Squash[edit]

Television[edit]

Bowls[edit]

Television[edit]

Table Tennis[edit]

Television[edit]

Australian Rules Football[edit]

Television[edit]

Futsal[edit]

Television[edit]

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