New Delhi, Feb 18 (): Sky Sports will show the Indian Premier League exclusively live for the first time from next year.
Popular satellite broadcasting company, British Sky Broadcasting Ltd (BSkyB) has been given the telecast, mobile and internet rights of the Pepsi Indian Premier League for the period 2015 to 2017, for the European countries such as United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands, and other European territories.
BCCI said in a statement the decision was taken by the IPL Governing Council at a meeting in Bangalore on February 13.
Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said that it was the cricket competition that everyone is talking about and from next year, only on Sky Sports viewers could follow the IPL live. He added, Sky Sports’ cricket coverage had never been stronger, offering something for everyone including the major Test playing nations, the best players and now the channel is ready to offer their viewers the world’s richest competition.
IPL was launched in 2008 and it features many of the world’s best players in a two-month competition played across India, with matches drawing huge crowds with power-charged atmospheres.
Sachin Tendulkar’s team, the Mumbai Indians won last year’s tournament with Tendulkar ending his six-year IPL career with his first Indian Premier League trophy win.
This agreement is the latest in a series of long-term rights announcements made by Sky Sports, firming its matchless portfolio of live sport across six channels. Last month, Sky had announced agreements for British & Irish Lions, Super League, WWE, Scottish Football, Cricket New Zealand and speedway and a seven-year deal for live PGA Tour golf last week.
From next year, Sky Sports viewers can enjoy the world’s top four domestic Twenty20 cricket competitions; the IPL, Australia’s Big Bash League, South Africa’s Ram Slam T20 Challenge and the ECB’s NatWest T20 Blast.