The Great Summer of Sport is nearly here and you can watch it all from the safety of your own home, but it’ll cost you up to £150 per month to capture every moment and you will have to navigate 16 different channels.
As governing bodies and government scientists scramble to protect fans attending the events from the risks of coronavirus with vaccine apps and lateral flow tests, the broadcasters have got you covered.
But long gone are the days of the national and international sporting action being divvied up among a handful of dominant channels, now there is a perplexing array of platforms and packages.
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The Telegraph has analysed the summer schedules and discovered there are 16 different broadcast platforms in the UK covering the must-see events, with 13 of those requiring separate regular payment packages, including the TV licence.
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The summer of sport features a fantastic line-up with the thrills and spills of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, the ups and downs of the Premier League and EFL, the closing stages of the big European leagues.
There’s a hard-hitting fixture list of international cricket, Euro 2020, Wimbledon, the Olympics, The Open golf, Formula One Grand Prix, the Betfred Rugby League Challenge Cup Final and a slew of top-draw horse racing, not to mention the World Championship snooker at The Crucible.
In addition, there is loads of overseas action, like the French Open in May, the US Open in August, the Ryder Cup, which is scheduled for September and whole season of Formula One to enjoy.
It is all a mouth-watering prospect.
And even if you can’t lay your hands on your vaccine passport, you can still enjoy the lot, but you’ll have to put in some work on the lap top and be handy with a calculator to work how and how much it will cost.
If you are determined to watch the finale of the European football season, all the tennis, boxing, racing, snooker, rugby and the rest, you would need 16 channels.
But the good news is that most of the big stuff is spread across 10 platforms.
So, here is a handy guide to what’s on where and what you can expect to pay for the biggest events.
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What it costs to watch every minute of sport:
All 11 channels, £39 a month (18-month contract)
All 11 channels with BT Sport, £52 a month (18-month contract)
All channels, £25 a month (monthly pass, no upfront costs)
All channels plus BoxNation, £15 a month (24-month contract)
All channels plus BoxNation and all Sky Sports channels from the NOW TV Sky Sports Pass, £40 a month (24-month contract)
BBC TV licence – average of £13.12 a month
ITV, Channel 4 and 5 – free to air
Amazon Prime – £7.99 a month
ESPN – £4.15 a month
Premier Sports – £8.25 a month
Eurosport – £4.99 a month (minimum)
Racing TV – £24.98 a month
Sky Sports Box Office – £24.95 (price for Joshua vs Pulev)
Discovery+ – unconfirmed but average price elsewhere is in the region of £5 a month
BT Sport Box Office – £24.95 (price for Wilder vs Fury 2)
DAZN – exclusive boxing £1.99 (initial price)
EFL iFollow – (available during pandemic, with most Championship clubs charging £10 a match)
Great Summer of Sport on TV
The biggest events are covered by 10 channels and platforms:
17 April-3 May: Snooker – World Championship at the Crucible Theatre. BBC
25 April: Football – Carabao Cup final at Wembley. Sky Sports
8 May: Football – Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park. Premier Sports
15 May: Football – FA Cup final at Wembley BBC
16 May: Football – Women’s Champions League final in Gothenburg. BT Sport
22 May: Football – Women’s FA Cup final at Wembley. BT Sport
22 May: Rugby Union – European Champions Cup final in Marseille. BT Sport
23 May: Formula 1 – Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo. Sky Sports
23 May-6 June: Tennis – French Open in Paris. ITV, Eurosport
26 May: Football – Europa League final in Gdansk. BT Sport
29 May: Football – Champions League final in Istanbul. BT Sport
4 Jun-5 Jun: Epsom Derby Festival. ITV/Racing TV
11 June-11 July: Football – Euro 2020 in various countries, including seven matches at Wembley. BBC
15 Jun-19: Jun Royal Ascot. ITV/Sky Sports
26 Jun-18 July: Cycling – Tour de France. ITV, Eurosport
23 June-26 June: Cricket – England v Sri Lanka T20s. Sky Sports/ BBC
28 June-11 July: Tennis – Wimbledon. Eurosport, BBC
29 June, 1 & 4 July: Cricket – England v Sri Lanka ODIs. Sky Sports
8, 10 & 13 July: Cricket – England v Pakistan ODIs Sky Sports
13 July: Athletics – Diamond League: Anniversary Games at London Stadium. Live Stream
23 July-8 Aug: Olympic Games in Tokyo. BBC/ Discovery+
24, 31 July & 7 Aug: Rugby Union – South Africa v British and Irish Lions Test series. Sky Sports
15-18 July: Golf – The Open at Royal St George’s. Sky Sports
16, 18 & 20 July: Cricket – England v Pakistan T20s. Sky Sports
17 July: Rugby League – Challenge Cup final at Wembley. BBC
18 July: Formula 1 – British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Sky Sports/C4
27 July-31 July: Glorious Goodwood. ITV
4 Aug-14 Sept: Cricket – England v India five Test series. Sky Sports
24 Aug-5 Sept: Paralympic Games in Tokyo BBC
30 Aug-12 Sept: Tennis – US Open in New York. Amazon Prime
18 Sept-16 Oct: Rugby Union – Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. ITV
24-26 Sept: Golf – Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin. Sky Sports
27 Sept-1 Oct: Cricket – Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s. Sky Sports
3 October: Athletics – London Marathon. BBC
9 October: Rugby League – Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. Sky Sports