Sky Deutschland retains hold on golf's majors with Open and US PGA renewals
Sky Deutschland, the pay-television operator, has enhanced its status as the home of golf in Germany by renewing its exclusive rights to the British Open and US PGA Championship, two of the sport's four majors, in long-term deals.
The agreements cover the exclusive live broadcasting rights via satellite and cable as well as via IPTV, web and mobile in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
The first tournament included in the new contract will be next month's PGA Championship Bethpage Black in Long Island, with Sky to offer 22 hours of live coverage across the 16 to 19 May event.
Hans Gabbe, senior vice-president of sports rights and commercialisation at Sky Deutschland, said: "With the long-term extension of our exclusive partnerships with The Open and the PGA Championship, Sky will remain the home of all golf fans on German television in the coming years.
"Together with the Masters, the Ryder Cup and the US PGA Tour, only Sky will be broadcasting the largest golf tournaments in the world in the coming years as the only provider in Germany. In addition, Sky also shows all tournaments of the European Tour and the four tournaments of the World Golf Championships live."
In October Sky retained rights in the German-speaking territories to the US Masters, the first major of the golf season, which ended yesterday with a memorable victory for US star Tiger Woods, in a multi-year deal.
A month earlier, Sky extended its deal to show the European Tour and other top golf events, including the Ryder Cup and the four World Golf Championships events, to 2022.