Sky Deutschland extends deal to show golf's US Open
Sky Deutschland, the German arm of the European pay-TV operator, is reported to have extended its deal to show golf’s US Open via satellite, cable, IPTV, the internet and mobile in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Under the extended agreement, Sky will show about 30 hours of live coverage from this year’s competition.
The deal means that Sky will exclusively broadcast all four of golf’s ‘majors’ – which also comprise the British Open and US Masters and PGA Championship – plus the Ryder Cup, the US PGA Tour, the European Tour and the World Golf Championships.
Hans Grabbe, senior vice-president of sports rights and commercialisation at Sky Deutschland said that the long-term extension of its existing partnership with the US Open meant that Sky would “remain the home of all four golf majors on German and Austrian television in the coming years.”
In April, Sky Deutschland renewed its exclusive rights to the British Open and US PGA Championship in long-term deals.
The agreements covered the exclusive live broadcasting rights via satellite and cable as well as via IPTV, web and mobile in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
In October last year, Sky retained rights in the German-speaking territories to the US Masters, the first major of the golf season.
This year's edition of the US Open is being played at Pebble Beach in California, starting tomorrow and running until 16 June.