Sky Scores EPL But Still to Confirm Tee Off for PGA Champs

Sky made headlines today for announcing a deal to screen delayed coverage of key English Premiere League soccer games but has still to confirm coverage of the world’s fourth golf major a week out from the players teeing off.

The same happened with its British Open coverage, which Sky scheduled only a week before the event began because it took that long to negotiate Open rights for the next three years.

Once again, the PGA Championship was conspicuously absent from Sky’s sports publicity while SkyWatch magazine has only a TBC for Sky Sport 1’s schedule on the weekend of the August 9-12 tournament at the Oak Hill Country Club in New York (above).

Expect an announcement confirming coverage shortly.

Meanwhile, here’s Sky’s better-late-than-never EPL press release on the eve of live matches kicking off online:

Sky announced today they have confirmed deals with Premier League clubs Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur to show all of their home and away EPL matches and games in a number of other competitions on Sky Sport.

These three clubs are the first in a total of four that Sky will announce before the start of the season on August 18th.

The rights deal includes games shown on Premier League Club channels including matches from the Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup and Capital One Cup that Manchester City, Arsenal or Tottenham play in.

Coverage will be delayed, for example games played in the U.K. on Saturdays will be available on SKY from 1.00pm on Sunday afternoon.

Richard Last, Sky’s director of sport said, “I am absolutely thrilled to announce today that Sky Sport will screen all of the Premier League matches, along with other matches played by these teams, and we have another exciting announcement to make soon when we will confirm who the fourth team will be.

“When we were outbid for the live EPL rights we received letters and phone calls from customers who told us they either didn’t want to pay more to watch the Premier League or for internet data. Some said they didn’t want to watch it on a computer but really wanted it on their flat screen TV in the lounge.

“While we’d love the live Premier League rights as well, in New Zealand many EPL games come in the middle of our night and, with My Sky, we’ve found the majority of viewing is delayed.

“Premier League rules mean that Sky can seek rights for up to four Premier League teams.

“Last season the top five teams were Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham. Chelsea games will be shown on free to air television in New Zealand anyway, so we’ve sought rights for the other top teams.

“Everyone will be able to watch their EPL team play on Sky Sport at least eight times a season. So regardless of which team you support, be it West Ham, Southampton, Cardiff, Hull City or one of the other Premier League teams, SKY Sport will show their games against the teams we have agreements with.”

Depending on how far each team progresses in the Cup competition it is expected that each club will deliver as many as 60 match packages across the season – somewhere in the region of 240 matches.

Sky also has the rights to live coverage of every match at the up and coming FIFA World Cup in Brazil and exclusive rights to the A League. All Wellington Phoenix matches will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sport again this season. ESPN will continue to have exclusive live coverage of the Champions League.

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One Response to “Sky Scores EPL But Still to Confirm Tee Off for PGA Champs”

  1. Awesome news on the EPL. Big Arsenal fan and delighted to get full coverage of every Arsenal game in HD. Doesn’t concern me that coverage is delayed No mucking around with crappy computer feeds and trying to hook the computer up to the TV.

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