Sky Sports to exclusively show Open Championship golf from 2017

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The new rights agreement brings to an end 61 years of free-to-air coverage
The new rights agreement brings to an end 61 years of free-to-air coverage
Sky Sports will exclusively show live coverage of the Open Championship golf tournament following a five-year partnership with The R&A announced today.

The new rights agreement, which will begin in 2017, brings to an end 61 years of free-to-air coverage.

Sky Sports said it will extend and enhance coverage of The Open, including live coverage of the four days of play in their entirety.

The deal also means Sky Sports has exclusive rights to live coverage of the Women’s British Open from 2017 at Kingsbarns Golf Links through to 2021, as well as The Walker Cup in 2019 at Royal Liverpool.

David Rey, Sky Business managing director, said: ​The Open on Sky Sports is great news for our customers. We feature golf coverage every week of the year, including all other Majors, the Ryder Cup, European Tour and PGA Tour – the complete package for venues to provide extensive coverage to golf fans.”

Peter Dawson, chief executive of The R&A, added: “We believe this is the best result for The Open and for golf.  Sky Sports has an excellent track record in covering golf and has become the home of live golf coverage over recent years.  We are very much looking forward to working with them to develop and enhance the coverage of The Open.”

 

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2 comments

Well Done R&A

Posted by Enville Golfer,

So when young players are leaving the game in their thousands the R&A decide to restrict the amount of inspiration available. The oldest and only major in Europe has a duty to grass roots golf and has clearly forgotten how important this is!

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Another Sell Out

Posted by Objective Observer,

So it's Sky or repeats again. Strange how Sky rarely issue viewing numbers for major sports.

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