An Epic Year Ahead - Live on Sky Sports

Posted on: 04 August 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

The start of the 2008-2009 Barclays Premier League season heralds the beginning of an epic year of major events live on Sky Sports.

From the start of the new football season in August, Sky Sports has a huge range of live sports across its five core channels and three HD services to give viewers one of the best seasons of live sport ever. It includes:

  • Barclays Premier League
    92 matches, exclusively live and in high definition, starting on Saturday 16 August. Last year's top three all appear live on the opening weekend and every club is seen in the first four months.
  • The 2008 Ryder Cup
    Europe's defence of The Ryder Cup, exclusively live and in HD from the Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky, from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 September.
  • UEFA Champions League
    A choice of over 100 live games, with up to 14 live matches a week and exclusive live coverage on Wednesday nights up to and including the Semi-Finals. The Final is live in HD from Rome in May 2009.
  • The Ashes
    Australia return to England next summer and all five npower Test matches in July and August, all seven NatWest One-Day internationals in September and both NatWest Twenty20 matches will be exclusively live, and in HD.
  • British & Irish Lions Tour
    The Lions Tour of South Africa exclusively live and in HD. All three Tests against the reigning World Champions and each of the tour matches will be live, between the end of May and beginning of July.

Around these five major trophies, Sky Sports will have live coverage of the nation's favourite sports and over 100 hours of scheduled programming every day of the year.  The depth of coverage across the five major sports includes:

UEFA Champions League

UEFA Champions League


Live international, domestic and European matches including:

  • 70 matches from across all three divisions of the Coca-Cola Football League, plus the end of season Play-Offs and three Play-Off Finals
  • Live ties from the Carling Cup and Scottish Cup
  • League matches from Spain's La Liga and Northern Ireland's Carnegie Premier League
  • Live internationals including World Cup qualifiers featuring Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales plus Argentina and Brazil
The Lions

The Lions

Rugby Union

Live international, European and domestic matches including:

  • Over 30 live matches from the Guinness Premiership, starting in September
  • At least seven live matches from each round of the group stages of the Heineken Cup plus every game from the knock out stages, starting in October
  • Each of England's four Autumn Internationals played throughout November

The summer brings more live games from the Southern Hemisphere including the Tri Nations and Super 14 tournaments, Air New Zealand Cup plus South Africa's Currie Cup.

The Ashes Series

The Ashes Series


The end of the county season this summer is followed by live cricket during the next 12 months in the build-up to The Ashes, including three Tests and seven One-Day Internationals on England's tour to India this winter, plus all four Tests, two Twenty20 and five One-Day Internationals on England's tour to the West Indies in early 2009.

There is overseas cricket from Australia, New Zealand and India plus live domestic coverage that features each of the major county competitions; the Friends Provident Trophy, Twenty20 Cup, NatWest Pro40 and LV County Championships.

The Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup


The road to The Ryder Cup continues with exclusive live coverage of the final Major of the year, the US PGA Championship in August, exclusively live in HD.

The PGA European Tour brings 35 live tournaments to Sky Sports with the Ryder Cup team announced after the Johnnie Walker Championship, shown live in HD at the end of August.

Each of the three World Golf Championship events is exclusively live in HD plus the Omega Mission Hills World Cup from China in November, after which starts The Race to Dubai.

Rugby League

The entire engage Super League season, at least 70 matches, is shown in HD on Sky Sports as the teams build up to the playoffs and climax of the season, the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford in October.

There are also 29 matches from The National League, plus Internationals, World Club Challenge and Varsity games.

Then in October and November the Rugby League World Cup returns after an eight year absence with Sky Sports showing all eighteen matches exclusively live.

Sky Sports

In the last year Sky Sports has renewed major broadcast deals including:

  • The next three Ryder Cups
  • Golf's PGA European Tour until 2012
  • Two Majors, with the US Open until 2014 and US PGA Championship until 2016
  • More live matches and more match nights in the UEFA Champions League, from September 2009 until May 2012
  • Live coverage of the Coca Cola Football Leagues and Carling Cup until 2012
  • Rugby League's engage Super League plus the National League, England Internationals and the World Club Challenge until 2011

- to ensure Sky Sports continues to show all of the major events live during this epic season.

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