ITV Sport is a sport producer and brand name owned by ITV plc. It was formed from the amalgamation of Granada Sport, Carlton's (previously Central's) sports department and ISN, the sports division of London News Network. The company produces Champions League and FA Cup Football, along with coverage of England's national team. ITV Sport also shows live coverage of the British Touring Car Championship. Big Fight Boxing is another pivotal part of ITV Sport's portfolio. ITV has carried every Rugby World Cup since 1991, and the network also broadcasts the Grand Slam of Darts and the Tour de France.
ITV Sport programmes are usually broadcast on its main channel (the ITV Network). ITV Sport also provides sporting coverage for ITV4. ITV Sport's main rivals are BBC Sport, Sky Sports and ESPN. Selected events air in high definition.
The controller of ITV Sport is Niall Sloane, who reports to ITV's director of news, current affairs and sport Michael Jermey.
ITV used to have a dedicated sports channel on the ITV Digital network, originally broadcasting UEFA Champions League football and ATP Masters Series tennis under the brand ONsport. It was then renamed as the ITV Sport Channel and was responsible for the service's downfall, due to offering unrealistic amounts for the rights to broadcast matches from The Football League, almost bankrupting many league clubs in the process after ITV reneged on its promised payments to clubs. Lasting for just one football season; the ITV Sport Channel launched on Saturday 11 August 2001 with Man City v Watford in the First Division, and closed on Saturday 12 May 2002 with the Division 2 Play Off Final between Brentford and Stoke. Matt Smith, Tony Dorigo, Russell Osman, John Hendrie, Garry Nelson, Guy Havord, Guy Mowbray, Peter Drury, Jon Champion, David Fairclough, Paul Walsh, Jim Beglin, Simon Hill, Peter Stevenson, Carrie Frais, Lisa Rogers and Dave Beckett commentated for the channel. There were two spinoff channels, ITV Sport Plus and ITV Sport Select, the latter used to show the on-demand Premier League football matches from Sky Sports. Whilst football was the mainstay of the channel, it showed the ATP Masters Series, British basketball and European Cup rugby union. Previously to the ITV Digital rebrand, the ITV Sport bouquet included ONsport 1 and ONsport 2, which were subject to rebrands themselves after ITV bought up the rights to the tennis Masters Series. Before then, the channel had been branded as Champions on 28, and Champions on 99.
Football is a significant part of ITV's sporting portfolio.
ITV holds joint rights for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups, along with the BBC. The network broadcasts top-quality football from a range of competitions throughout the football season, with live coverage of two matches each Wednesday from the UEFA Champions League. They have shared the rights with Sky Sports since 2002, having televised the competition exclusively prior to that. ITV gets first choice of Wednesday matches, and airs preview and highlights programmes for these matches. Both networks broadcast the final live. ITV share the rights for the UEFA Europa League with Five and ESPN.
Previously, ITV held the rights to English top flight football highlights (both in its current iteration as the Premier League and as the old Football League First Division). It acquired the Premiership highlights in 2000, surprising the BBC, the previous holders, and ending Match of the Day (aside from FA Cup and England weekends, which coincidentally switched to the BBC at the same time). The ITV Premiership programme was titled 'The Premiership' and was presented by Des Lynam (himself formerly a presenter for Match of the Day). The show originally went out at 7pm, but this ended up being unpopular with viewers and advertisers. As such, the show was moved to 10.30pm only a few months later. ITV lost the rights in 2003 to the BBC, starting with the 2004/2005 season. During the period in which ITV held the rights to the Premiership, The Goal Rush was aired on Saturday during the football matches taking place on that day to provide live scores and match reports. It used a similar format to Gillette Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports but never achieved good ratings. The programme ended in 2003.
ITV had the rights to broadcast the FA Cup exclusively on terrestrial television in 1997, showing each final with Sky from 1998 to 2001. As noted above, ITV then lost terrestrial rights to the FA Cup and England matches to the BBC. In 2008, ITV regained the FA Cup and England rights, this time in conjunction with Setanta Sports. ITV shows live coverage of one game from both the first round and second round of the FA Cup, two live games and one replay (if necessary) from the 3rd round to quarter-finals, one semi-final and the final (shared with Setanta), plus highlights of all other games. England coverage includes home qualifiers, away friendlies, and some home friendlies, plus highlights of games televised by Setanta.
An ITV error during their broadcast of the Everton vs. Liverpool FA Cup replay meant that millions of viewers missed Dan Gosling's crucial winner for Everton late in extra time, except for certain regions where the picture came back just before the goal. Viewers across the country were left bemused when coverage was interrupted by advertisements in a mistake caused by a timed commencer for the commercial break, only to return to see the stadium celebrating. Thousands of complaints flooded in, with viewers questioning ITV's commitment to broadcasting quality football.. It was later revealed that the adverts that evening were controlled by the same people who were responsible for a similar incident during the 2005 San Marino Grand Prix. This was not the first mishap during the coverage - genitals were seen and fans' swearing heard during a previous live match.
ITV have shown every World Cup live since 1966, and numerous European Championships. ITV's most significant football moments include the World Cup Final of 1966. Whilst most of nation tuned onto the BBC for live coverage of the final between England and West Germany, ITV broadcast the event as well, with commentator Hugh Johns describing the winning England goal by Geoff Hurst in extra time. Perhaps the biggest ITV football achievement was its live and exclusive coverage of the World Cup 98 second round match between England and Argentina. Argentina won the match on penalties and a record audience of almost 25 million viewers tuned in to ITV's coverage, fronted by Bob Wilson.
Other moments include the Champions League Final of 1999, when Manchester United won it in the dying seconds of the match. The final achieved an audience peaking at around 17 million viewers. The Champions League Final of 2005 was also won by an English club, and live on ITV. Liverpool beat AC Milan on penalties, with a peak audience of around 15 million tuning in to ITV's coverage. Around 12.5 million tuned in to see Arsenal play Barcelona in the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final, despite the English side losing in the dying minutes of the match. The all English final of the UEFA Champions League between Manchester United and Chelsea in 2008 generated an average of 16 million, gaining a peak of 17.5 million for the penalty shootout finale.
ITV's highest World Cup ratings of 2006 was its live coverage of England versus Sweden, in the group stages, and it achieved a peak audience of 21 million, its highest audience since the England versus Argentina match at World Cup 98.
ITV's main football host is Steve Rider, who replaced Gabby Logan as the presenter of the UEFA Champions League matches in 2006. Logan herself took over as the main presenter after Des Lynam's departure in July 2004. However she received some harsh criticism from the British press after her performance fronting the network's Champions League final coverage between Barcelona and Arsenal at the Stade de France. ITV Sport bosses made the decision to replace her with Rider, a former BBC Sport host, for the main presenter role at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. Logan left the network for the BBC in December 2006. Rider presents ITV's Champions League and FA Cup coverage. ITV's other football presenters are Matt Smith, who presents secondary FA Cup and England matches as well as anchoring ITV's UEFA Cup coverage and some of the fa cup highlights .Jim Rosenthal who presents ITV's Champions League highlights show and The FA Cup Draw . Rosenthal was contreversially dropped from ITV Football after 28 years in 2007, attracting much media critisism. He was reinstated in 2009 and now once again features regularly in ITV's coverage and Ned Boulting shares FA Cup Highlights hosting with his reporter role . Craig Doyle also presented football on ITV in the 2008 / 2009 season, though has yet to feature this season, instead concentrating on ITV's Rugby coverage.
Brian Moore was the voice of ITV's football coverage from the 1960s through to the 1998 World Cup final in France. He presented and commentated on football for the network in four different decades. He died on 1 September 2001, on the day England beat Germany in Munich 5-1.
ITV's current lead commentator is Clive Tyldesley (also one the voices of the FIFA Series since 2006), who has won several RTS sports awards for best commentator. There are two other staff commentators, Peter Drury, and John Rawling.
ITV Sport's four commentators are supplemented by a number of freelancers. Tony Jones and Gary Bloom had been used on Football League, League Cup and UEFA Cup coverage while Peter Brackley covered the FA Cup games for Midlands Clubs. ITV's regional commentators also call some matches for the full network. These include Phil Duffell and Bob Symonds on The Championship, based in Wales, plus Anglia's Donovan Blake and the Westcountry's Martyn Dean. Other commentators featured include reporter Tom Skippings, Andy Bodfish on FA Cup highlights, Ian Crocker on Europa League and FA Cup matches and Steve Bower on Europa League.
ITV's main co-commentator is Jim Beglin. Kevin Gallagher is used as a co-commentator for some FA Cup games, Matt Holland and Iain Dowie are both used on Europa League coverage with the latter also featured on one FA Cup game. Andy Townsend is also used as a co-commentator. David Pleat was ITV's first choice co-commentator for a number of years until he was dropped in 2009.
ITV's two regular pundits are Andy Townsend and Robbie Earle. Blackburn Goalkeeper Paul Robinson, Marcel Desailly and Gareth Southgate are also used frequently. ITV use guests as pundits when and if they are needed; most recently John Hartson and Mark Hatley. These have included Dutch international and Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit, Sam Allardyce, Stuart Pearce, Alan Curbishley, Mark Hughes and Ian Wright. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Terry Venables, and Ally McCoist were all regular pundits before quitting to take other jobs involved with football.
ITV's sports reporters are Gabriel Clarke, Ned Boulting and Andy Kerr. Freelance reporters such as Dave Beckett, Richard Henwood, Tom Skippings, Jed Pitman, Chris Hall and Trevor Harris are also used.
ITV covered Formula One from 1997 to 2008, after the BBC lost the rights. The deal, worth £60 million, offered extended pre and post race analysis and complete live coverage of qualifying, thanks to a deal negotiated with FOM's Bernie Ecclestone. ITV chose to bid for the rights due to constantly being beaten at weekends while the Grand Prix coverage was on.
Coverage was originally presented by Jim Rosenthal from 1997 to 2005 with Tony Jardine as analyst until 2001 when he shared the role with Mark Blundell. Jardine and Rosenthal both left ITV's coverage at the end of the 2005 season, with ex-BBC Sport presenter Steve Rider replacing the latter as the presenter of the coverage. ITV also managed to secure Murray Walker to continue commentating as he had done with the BBC, his new co-commentator was ex-F1 driver Martin Brundle, who would act as a summariser, similar to the position James Hunt and Jonathan Palmer had when the BBC televised the sport. On several occasions, different people would stand in for Brundle on commentary, including Derek Warwick, Jody Scheckter, Anthony Davidson and 1996 Drivers' Champion Damon Hill.
The 2001 United States Grand Prix was Walker's last in the ITV commentary booth, having missed four other races that season. James Allen moved up from his former role as pitlane reporter to replace Walker in the commentary box with Brundle still commentating as usual and Ted Kravitz inheriting Allen's old role. ITV also introduced Martin Brundle's hugely popular gridwalk, where roughly 10-15 minutes before the start of the race Brundle would walk around the grid interviewing drivers, celebrities and whoever else he could find. One such interview was with the King of Spain.
ITV drew criticism for airing advertisement breaks during the races - they were obliged to take five three-minute commercial breaks during each race. In 2005 the network angered fans by running adverts during the tense conclusion to the San Marino Grand Prix. ITV repeated the last three laps after the race but were inundated with complaints from angry viewers. As a result of these complaints, the server on their website crashed and they were fined by regulator Ofcom. An on-air apology was made by Rosenthal before the start of the next race in Spain two weeks later.
However, ITV were also been recognised positively for their coverage of Formula 1, and won several awards including several BAFTA nominations and RTS awards. Jim Rosenthal won an award for best sports presenter, and Brundle won an award for best sports analyst. ITV Sport won a British Academy Television Award in 2007 for its coverage of the 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix, where Jenson Button won for the first time.
On March 13, 2008, ITV announced that they would be for the first time ever streaming live-coverage of practice session, with qualifying, race sessions, and extra features also broadcast on their website for UK-based users.  However, they later announced that they had enacted a clause within their contract enabling them to leave F1 coverage after the 2008 season. It is believed this was done for commercial reasons and to allow more money to be spent on securing coverage of the UEFA Champions League. The BBC retained coverage from 2009 onwards. Ironically, ITV F1's highest ever broadcast rating came in its final race, the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix (the first season in which ITV had aired a British Championship victory), which attracted 8.8 million viewers, peaking at 12.5 million viewers. On 17 November, 2008, BBC announced that Martin Brundle would continue his commentary role alongside Jonathan Legard during the 2009 season, while Ted Kravitz would continue his pit-lane reporter role alongside Lee McKenzie.
As part of the F1 contract, the network showed the GP2 Series, the feeder series to F1. These programmes were broadcast a week after the event (until 2007). From 2008, live coverage was shown on ITV4, presented by Charlotte Webster with commentary from BBC Radio 5 Lives' David Croft. ITV lost coverage of the GP2 Series from 2009 following the loss of the F1 contract to the BBC.
ITV used to broadcast the World Rally Championship between 2004 and 2007, the rights to which it picked up from Channel 4 (who, in turn, had picked them up from the BBC in 2001). Coverage was hosted by Angus Scott, with Jon Desborough (of Sky News) and Robbie Head in 2004 and 2005. However as a cost cutting measure, ITV decided in 2006 to take the international WRC programmes produced by ISC, therefore removing the ITV presenters. For the 2007 season, coverage was moved away from the main ITV channel onto the digital ITV4, available only via Freeview or satellite. Subsequently, Angus Scott left ITV to join Setanta Sports, and Jon Desborough returned to present sports round-ups on Sky News. The rights to the WRC for 2008 were poached from ITV by Dave (formerly UKTV G2).
The British Touring Car Championship is another series ITV won away from the BBC, doing so in 2002. Coverage was initially hosted by Vicki Butler-Henderson and Ben Edwards, with Edwards joined in the commentary box by various guest colour commentators during the 2002 season. These included Will Hoy, Chris Goodwin and Kelvin Burt. Tim Harvey was introduced as a permanent co-commentator for the 2003 season and has only missed one programme since. In 2004, ITV introduced live coverage of the British Touring Car Championship for the first time on network television. Previously the BBC had shown occasional races live, but not to this extent. All meetings have been broadcast live by ITV Sport since. Angus Scott joined as a second presenter for the 2006 season, but both he and Vicki Butler-Henderson were replaced for 2007 by Louise Goodman and Ted Kravitz. Kravitz has taken up the role as lead host for 2008 although Steve Rider and Janie Omorogbe have been known to cover. The races are now shown live on ITV4 and highlights are shown on ITV1 on Tuesday early morning on the corresponding weekend. 2009 saw Steve Rider anchor coverage, with Louise Goodman doing the pitlane reports (as she did on the F1 Coverage) and Ben Edwards commentating
The support races to the BTCC are broadcast by ITV Sport in a separate programme called Motorsport UK, typically shown in the channel's early morning schedules. This also launched in 2002, when it featured the Porsche Cup, Clio Cup, Formula Ford and Formula Renault championships. It was presented in the first year by Rachel Whatley with commentary from Richard John Neil. Diana Binks was used as a reporter, before she took over as presenter for the 2003 season, remaining until the end of 2005. Fran Robinson presented in 2006, while Louise Goodman took over in 2007. Ben Edwards replaced Richard John Neil as commentator in 2004. In 2005 he was joined by Simon Hill as co-commentator. For the 2006 and 2007 seasons the commentators were John Hindhaugh and Simon Hill. The SEAT Cupra Championship and Formula BMW UK were added to the series covered by Motorsport UK in 2004, replacing Formula Ford. The Porsche Carrera Cup was not shown in 2003 or 2004, but had its own programming on Channel 4. It returned to Motorsport UK in 2005.
In 2004 ITV broadcast a brand new magazine show for motorsport fans called Speed Sunday. The show was mainly presented by Matt Smith and Vicki Butler-Henderson. Other presenters included Lee McKenzie, Angus Scott and Jason Plato. It include a mix of news and features from the world of motorsport, in front of a live studio audience, for 1 hour on Sunday afternoons, on alternate weekends to F1. Special programmes included live coverage of the Le Mans 24 Hours and the BTCC Masters race. Whilst the concept of the show was appreciated by motorsport fans, the programme struggled ratings wise and the budget was tight, meaning that the shows were cut 45 minutes and filmed on location instead of the studio. The show was axed at the end of the season.
In 2006, ITV replaced Channel 4 as the terrestrial broadcaster of the British Superbike Championship, increasing both the quantity and quality of the coverage. Channel 4 had previously shown highlights early in the morning a week after the event. ITV started with live coverage of most rounds, although some Bank Holiday Monday races were shown as highlights. Angus Scott and Janie Omorogbe were the presenters in 2006. Scott was replaced by James Cracknell for 2007. Barry Nutley and James Whitham were the commentators in 2006. Nutley was replaced by Jack Burnicle for 2007. However, ITV decided to pull out of this event and British Eurosport took over live coverage with Channel 4 signing a deal for highlights.
In 2005, the network obtained the main share of Frank Warren's Sports Network fights (that, for the last decade, had previously been aired by Sky Sports) and as a result broadcasts fights involving Amir Khan, Joe Calzaghe, Danny Williams, Audley Harrison and others. Former high-profile fighters on ITV included Naseem Hamed, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank.
In May 2005, ITV returned to the ring, with live coverage of Amir Khan's last fight before becoming professional against Mario Kindelan. It achieved a peak audience of 6.3 million viewers, encouraging ITV to reach a long-term agreement to show future Sports Network boxing promotions.
Other highlights since ITV returned to the sport have included the Joe Calzaghe's emphatic victory over Jeff Lacy for the WBO and IBF super-middleweight world title at the Manchester MEN Arena in March 2006. Despite being a poor fight, the first contest between Audley Harrison and Danny Williams in December 2005 achieved an audience of eight million viewers - giving credence to the fact there is large potential audience for top class boxing in the UK.
The main host of ITV Boxing is Jim Rosenthal, with analysis from Barry McGuigan and commentary from John Rawling and Duke McKenzie. Gabriel Clarke provides reports and also presented and co-produced a recent documentary on Joe Calzaghe - No Average Joe, shown on ITV4.
On September 6th 2008, Amir Khan switched to Sky from ITV, signalling the end of ITV's contract with Frank Warren's Sports Network promotion (Khan suffered a shock first round knockout by Breidis Prescott in his first fight screened by Sky Box Office). Later that month, ITV announced a 2 year, 26 fight deal with Hennessy Sports. The majority of fights will be screened on ITV4 and once again will be hosted by Jim Rosenthal, who makes an unexpected return to ITV having previously been axed in early 2008.
The network has broadcast every Rugby World Cup live since 1991, being host broadcaster in 1991 and 1999. The only tournament that ITV has not shown has been the inaugural tournament held in 1987. In 2003, England finally triumphed in the final against Australia, at the Telstra Stadium in Sydney. ITV broadcast the event live, with a peak audience of around 12-14 million viewers, a record for any rugby match broadcast to a UK audience (and almost certainly a record audience figure for the time of day - around 9am UK time). The action was anchored by Jim Rosenthal, Angus Scott and Gabby Logan with pundits including Francois Pienaar and Will Carling. The network received some criticism for relegating coverage of England's group match against Uruguay and the New Zealand v South Africa quarter final to ITV2, then a channel which the majority of UK households did not receive.
ITV held joint UK rights to the 2007 Rugby World Cup along with S4C and showed all games live on either the ITV Network or ITV4, with two games - Scotland v Romania and Wales v Japan - on ITV3 due to UEFA Champions League and UEFA Cup football coverage on both ITV and ITV4 on the same night. While all of England's matches were broadcast live on ITV (English regions), many of the other home nations' matches were "relegated" to ITV's digital services (though they will be simulcast on HTV/STV/UTV in their respective nation).
Jim Rosenthal and Martin Bayfield were the main studio presenters for the 2007 World Cup in France, although they hosted some coverage from a studio in London. Sky Sports commentators Miles Harrison and Stuart Barnes were 'loaned' out to ITV for the duration of the tournament and teamed up for major matches, including the final. They returned to Sky Sports once the tournament had finished. Other commentators included veteran ITV commentators John Taylor (who covered the Finals from 1991, to 2003) and Bob Symonds (former editor of rugby for HTV), Jon Champion and Murray Mexted. Reporters included veteran ITV Sport reporters Gabriel Clarke and Ned Boulting, who are joined by ITV News sports correspondent Geraint Vincent and Will Greenwood, World Cup winner with England in 2003.
No decision has yet been made as to who will broadcast the 2011 World Cup; it is possible that, as the tournament is in New Zealand, the early morning kick-off times might make the tournament less appealing for commercial broadcasters and that the BBC might take the rights. Previously, ITV had broadcast highlights of England's home internationals at Twickenham in the Six Nations (during a period when Sky Sports held the live rights to England's home Six Nations tests) and the Autumn International test matches. ITV also held the rights to the IRB Sevens tournament from 2001 to 2006. These rights were obtained by BBC Sport for the 2006/7 season.
ITV secured the rights to show Guinness Premiership club rugby highlights for the 2008-9 season. A one hour-highlights show presented by Craig Doyle airs on ITV4 on Sunday nights at 6.30 pm, with a repeat on ITV1 on Tuesday nights. Martin Bayfield returned as the pundit.
ITV won the rights to the annual Varsity Boat Race in 2004 from the BBC. The contract runs to 2009. Craig Doyle is the current presenter, while Peter Drury commentates. James Cracknell acts as a co presenter and pundit. Previous hosts of the coverage were Gabby Logan and Mark Durden Smith.
The opening titles commissioned by Paul McNamara and directed by Victor Martinez won a Royal Television Society award in 2006 for best Sport based titles, whilst the overall race coverage directed by John Watts, has been nominated for two BAFTAs and has also won at the RTS Awards.
ITV Sport did not renew its contract for The Boat Race after its contract ended due to ITV wanting to concentrate on football. The rights reverted back to the BBC.
ITV obtained the rights to the prestigious Tour de France in 2002, replacing Channel 4 as the UK terrestrial broadcaster
Coverage is fronted by Gary Imlach, who is normally accompanied by a former competitor as a pundit (such as Chris Boardman). Commentary comes from Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen (who also broadcast for other English-language channels around the world), thus re-uniting the former Channel 4 broadcast team. Eurosport also broadcasts the event, covering every stage live.
ITV will broadcast the Tours of Britain, France and Ireland until 2013, bringing their coverage of the Tour de France to 11 years. 
ITV also broadcast the Tour of Britain on ITV4 using the majority of the above team.
In March 2007, ITV Sport announced they would be covering an all new darts tournament, the Grand Slam of Darts, comprising champions of both the BDO and PDC tournaments. ITV has covered the event since 2007. Live coverage is shown on ITV4 and ITV.com as well as nightly highlights throughout the week of the tournament on ITV1. ITV will continue to cover the tournament until at least 2010.
ITV Sport also shows the inaugral PDC European Championships. Coverage debuted in October/November 2008. Once again coverage was broadcast on ITV4 and ITV.com. In 2008 ITV also covered the pro-celebrity Darts series.
ITV's darts presenter is Matt Smith, pundits include former players Steve Beaton, Chris Mason and Alan Warriner-Little, although Beaton no longer appears. ITV Sport's Darts commentators are boxing and football commentator John Rawling, Sky darts commentator Stuart Pyke and football commentator Peter Drury. Nigel Pearson initially freelanced, but is now working exclusively for Sky Sports. Reports come from Ned Boulting and Janie Omorogbe, who has featured on ITV Sport's coverage of the British Superbike Championship for the past two seasons.
In November 2008 ITV Sport acquired the rights to the Black Rock Tennis Masters.  Live coverage and highlights of the tournament air on ITV4 and ITV.com. Craig Doyle presented the coverage with commentary from John Lloyd and Simon Reed.
In a deal announced on Thursday March 4th 2010, ITV has secured UK broadcast rights to the 2010 Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket competition, to be shown exclusively on ITV4. The deal, for the third season of IPL, will see ITV4 broadcast 59 live, free to air, matches over the 45 day season, beginning on Friday March 12th. Live coverage, produced by ITV Sport, will be presented by Matt Smith alongside Bollywood actress and presenter Mandira Bedi, who hosted Cricket World Cup coverage in India. They will be joined by renowned analyst Simon Hughes, with more guest experts to be announced.
From a standing start in 2008 the IPL has become one of the biggest sporting spectacles in the world, last year capturing a worldwide audience of 450 million in only its second year, broadcasting across all continents including Australia, U.S.A and across the Middle East. This year’s season will again take place in India following last year’s tournament being hosted in South Africa where Deccan Chargers triumphed, captained by Adam Gilchrist.
Announcing the deal, ITV’s Director of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Zai Bennett said: “In only two years, the Indian Premier League has already established itself as one of the world’s most high profile and exciting sports events which attracts some of the very best cricketers from around the globe. It’s an exciting acquisition for one of the UK’s fastest growing digital channels and we’re delighted to be able to offer the whole tournament free-to-air to our viewers.”