This Autumn SKY SPORTS will dedicate an entire channel to The 2014 Ryder Cup, offering two weeks of non-stop golf including exclusively live coverage of the biggest event in the sport.
For the first time ever, Sky Sports 4 will become ‘Sky Sports Ryder Cup’ and will show over 330 hours of golf across 14 days, including 36 hours of live coverage from Gleneagles. Sky Sports Ryder Cup will be packed with golf programming, ideal for attracting daytime trade. It will include preview shows from Sunday to Thursday during Ryder Cup week, exclusive interview specials with Paul McGinley and Ian Poulter, and a special preview show on 21 September with Butch Harmon, Colin Montgomerie, Sam Torrance and Tony Jacklin.
The 2014 Ryder Cup is the tenth to be shown exclusively live by Sky Sports. The channel goes live at 6am on Thursday 18 September and continues until 6am on Thursday 2nd October.
David Rey, managing director of Sky Business, said, “We’re dedicating a whole channel to the biggest event in golf, providing viewers with the complete Ryder Cup experience all in one place. More than 900,000 people watched golf live in a pub or club in the last 12 months and there will be nowhere better than Sky Sports for pub goers to enjoy the passion, drama and excitement of this incredible event. We’ll offer round-the-clock build up, the opening and closing ceremonies and exclusive live coverage of all three days from Gleneagles.”
Meanwhile the SPFL has revealed the first matches to mark the start of this year’s football season. Sky Sports will open the Championship with the Rangers and Hearts head-to-head on Sunday August 10, and also show St Johnstone v Celtic (August 13), Celtic v Dundee United (August 16) and Hearts v Hibernian (August 17).