BBC ends Open deal a year early; Sky Sports steps in

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BBC has ended its coverage of the Open Championship one year before its contract was set to expire. Sky Sports, which signed a five-year deal to broadcast the Open earlier this year, will now begin covering the event in 2016 at Royal Troon. 

The R&A said that it agreed to BBC’s proposal after “significant deliberation” and that it will receive no additional revenue as part of the new arrangement.

The BBC, which has broadcast the Open for the past 60 years, will offer primetime highlights and radio coverage beginning in 2016.   

“We are looking forward to world-class coverage of the Open from our partners at Sky Sports and are grateful that they have stepped in a year ago,” R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said.